Liveblog: Semifinal Game 6 – Canadiens are alive! Beat Boston 4-0 to force game 7

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No comeback

Thomas Vanek scored the only goal of the third period, his second of the game.

The stars come out to shine

A brilliant long-bomb pass by Nathan Beaulieu sent Max Pacioretty in on Tuukka Rask, who was beaten between his legs on a rolling puck.

On a Canadiens power play 2:15 later, Thomas Vanek batted in a loose puck.

The Canadiens earlier had survived a sequence when the D pairing, Josh Gorges and Mike Weaver, were trapped in their zone for almost three minutes.

Shots were 8-4 Boston.

Good start

Lars Eller took advantage of a Kevan Miller cough-up to beat Tuukka Rask barely two minutes into the game.

Rask made a brilliant paddle down save on Brendan Gallagher to prevent a 2-0 CH lead.

Loui Eriksson beat Carey Price but his shot hit the crossbar.

The second period will begin with the Canadiens on the power play as Dougie Hamilton took a roughing penalty when the period ended.

Shots were 11-8 Canadiens.

Win or go home

For the first time in the playoffs, your Montreal Canadiens face elimination.

But win or lose Monday night, it's been a great ride.

Six games into a semifinal round?

Yeah, most non-delusional fans would take that.

And the Canadiens could force a Game 7. But it won't be easy.

Boston has outplayed them at even strength in the series. The Bruins are rounding into the form that took them to two Stanley Cup finals in the last three years – and to the President's Trophy this season.

The Canadiens have made it this far on the strong backs of Carey Price and P.K. Subban.

Max Pacioretty, Thomas Vanek and David Desharnais are MIA. Brandon Prust is too banged up to be effective. Douglas Murray has the advanced stats weenies on opioid painkillers.

But the Canadiens are alive.

And the Bell Centre will be rockin' for Game 6

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1,538 Comments

  1. johnnylarue® says:

    In the event that Gio walks and Markov is resigned, I can see the General as interim captain over the next three years.

    He played a hell of a game tonight, and even though I have the unfortunate reflex of wincing every time I see him involved in any physical contact whatsoever, I love the Evil Superman Marky we’ve been seeing in this series. It’s great to see him so uncharacteristically fired up… and taking down the league’s preeminent power forward with his ass. ;)

  2. Adidess says:

    I like how those long passes through the air, lobbed over the heads of Bruins players in the neutral zone, are making them run backwards and engage in foot races with our speedy forwards. Great game planning and strategy from the bench boss!

  3. Rosieman says:

    How good was Bournival tonight??

    You don’t best Boston w toughness but speed –

    Phenomenal hockey game!!

  4. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …game 7 will be a war

    …the Bears are relentless, they keep coming, unrelenting …backs against the wall …blood in their eyes

    …We are a mix of high-strung youth and vets, HUNGRY, finally, to win …like Gionta, Pleks and Markov …whom won’t back down

    …Game 7 will be a classic

  5. Da Hema says:

    One can only think Scott “Rhodes Scholar” Thornton’s bottle idiocy contributed to tonight’s victory. I know that if someone did that to my teammate, I would make it my life’s singular goal to win. So, once again, thank you Thornton. You gave the Montreal Canadiens every motivation to eliminate your team and wipe that smirk off your face.

  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …man Weaver has big balls

    …He HAS to come back in October

  7. Habitoba says:

    If you look at PK’s career playoffs points, including with the Bulls and the Bulldogs, you see a man built for the playoffs. If this trend can continue… I’m glad we have PK

  8. kalevine says:

    yes! not only a game 6 home win but a shutout to boot!
    Is it possible…… yes of course it is. Anything is possible in a game 7, but I think I will be happy with this season even if they lose game 7 (as long as it is not in Leaf game 7 fashion).

  9. JohnBellyful says:

    You’d think with that jetpack he wears Lucic would be faster.

  10. HABitat4humanity says:

    We have a cup contender of a team. I am glad they put the top line back together. Hopefully Chucky will be back for game seven.

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      We don’t have a Cup contender until we can make it into the final. But I’m very proud of the strides that they have made. If we make it past the Bruins we’ll face a Pens team with a couple of the best players in the world on it, or an emotionally-charged Rangers team. Neither would be easy, but imagine the Habs feeling that they could knock off anybody if they can geat the Bruins.

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  11. PrimeTime says:

    Love it when the critics are silenced for 24 – 36 hours. Win or lose, the critics have already lost.

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  12. CalgaryHab says:

    Chara’s ass was lying on the ice more times tonight than it does in a month – and he can’t take it. He’s the biggest pussy in the NHL, hacking, slashing, cross checking and punch at all the injustices. Give another year or two and he’ll be back in his homeland living out his days hooked up to a plow.

    • RiverviewCanadien says:

      I get it, he is frustrated and emotions can take over. What really gets me about him, is the opposing player he pushes, punches, slashes, etc.

      They are more often than not, smaller and undeserving of being molested.

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      • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

        To be fair, EVERYONE is smaller than him! But yes, to your point, because he’s so much bigger he shouldn’t have to rely on the cheap stuff… yet he still does. He’s go a short-fuse temper, and the Habs have a knack of being able to light it to their benefit. It’ll be interesting to see if they can do it on Wednesday.

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  13. Mr. Biter says:

    F#$k boys was that a game. In the lower bowl even with the bruins goal line. Dinner at Hurley’s (could not smoke my cigar) than a brisk walk to the Bell Center. Unbelievable atmosphere there. T.V. does not do the pre game show justice.If the Habs play like tonight on Wednesday eastern final, here we come.

    Mr. Biter
    No Guts No Glory

  14. RiverviewCanadien says:

    All of Carey Price’s playoff shutouts have been against 1 team.

    You all get one chance to answer correctly.

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  15. boing007 says:

    Hey Claude! Four to zero. Munch on that.

    Richard R

  16. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a lot of People here that I very much like as commenters, We have been ‘arguing Our respective opinions whether Murray should be playing in these playoffs

    …My argument was that We needed young quick legs with relative size, as per Beaulieu and/or Tinordi, to provide/support for Our offensive speed and skill

    …I, and every other whom agreed, God love Murray’s character and physicality, was simply and obviously handicapping Our Team’s offensive potential

    …though Therrien finally inserted Beaulieu, as He should have done 2 games ago, I am still very frustrated …because this series would have been wound-up and won 4-2 already

    …this series would have been over

    …instead, hold onto Your ass, We have to go into Boston for a game 7

    …no doubt it will be thrilling, but I would have much preferred to have killed-off those fugly Bears without this drama

    • Ozmodiar says:

      2 games earlier, they led the series 2-1. No need to change things.

      Rather than being criticized, I think Therrien should be praised for seeing that the team needed a spark, and for playing the rookie in a must win game.

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        Some folks get it, some don’t. Therrien deserves better from the internet outlaws.

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  17. DipsyDoodler says:

    “Tonight marks the emergence of a new power in the east and the end of the br00nz reign of buffoonery.”

    - Punkster

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    Moving. Forward.

  18. FlyAngler says:

    Watching LucHOKER miss that open net over and over again is almost as enjoyable as watching the replays of the Habs goals. So sweet!
    He says that “they are not frustrated though” yeah right LucHOKER, you should get an Oscar nomination for that one………..

    “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

    • Chuck Kept Calm and Carey'd On says:

      Er… didn’t Carey make a paddle save on that one? I don’t think that Lucic missed the open net.

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      • FlyAngler says:

        You are correct, but it was still a big time choke and the way that he shot it, I am not certain that it would have gone in anyway as it wound up kind of going right through the crease…..

        “Gardez la Foi! Keep the Faith!”

  19. jctremblay says:

    That was a magnificent effort tonight. How they can lay a stinker down like GAme 5 and come out, albeit on home ice with a frenzied crowd, firing and playing their best game of the series. is beyond me. I anticipated a valiant but ultimately fruitless game..instead they dominated this contest except for possibly 5 minutes of playing time. Outhit, outworked, outscored, da Brooons..Price looked great again..I believe some of those posts are a result of players trying too hard to be precise..they know a regular shot isn’t beating him. If he’s had a little luck as well..all the better. Show me an unlucky goaltender and I’ll show you someone nicknamed “Red Light Racicot”…lol Can they keep this going? It starts with scoring first,,this Boston team just isn’t the same without the lead. Kinda soft actually…panicky..huge pressure on them. If the Habs first line can come to life for Game 7, we have them.

  20. Ozmodiar says:

    Serious question: Did Shawn Thornton play tonight?

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    / okay, not so serious

  21. CH Marshall says:

    Nate Dogg for next fame please

  22. DipsyDoodler says:

    You have to hand it to Jonathan Quick. He’s either a sieve or a wall. No middle ground.

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  23. CH Marshall says:

    Still have to olive ourselves. Regardless, I’m amazed they’re bringing it to game 7

  24. Adidess says:

    One thing that irritated me during the 3 minutes Boston occupied our zone after/around the Subban penalty, there was an opportunity in the middle of it for one of the defenders caught on the ice, to give Price the puck for a face-off and allow everybody to change and we did not. It almost cost us, with another lenghty Boston possession in our zone. Did anybody else see that and have any idea why they wouldn’t have Prize freeze it for a face-off?

    • Mr_MacDougall says:

      They need Neil deGrasse Tyson on the bench

      ~~ Plekanec at the Disco ~~

      • Adidess says:

        Ha. Cool that you know my avatar, MacD. I’m a big fan obviously!

        Not pointing the finger at Therrien there, to be honest. It was such an easy decision there with four or five guys unable to change and Boston having changed on them on the fly.

      • DipsyDoodler says:

        Dude’s dead to me ever since he downgraded my favourite planet.

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        • DipsyDoodler says:

          OK second favourite after Uranus.

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          Moving. Forward.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          When did he die. Would have sent stinkweed.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

        • Adidess says:

          Hehehe, I admit downgrading Pluto is pretty hard to forgive…

          I think NDT took the ‘blame’ for defending the notion of downgrading Pluto or maybe advocating for it, but to my knowledge, the International Astronomical Union made the actual decision, not NDT.

          Oh well, we won 4-0. I can’t believe this is real and we get to go to the EC finals, if we win the next game.

          Go Team CHanada!

  25. DDO_Habs_Fan says:

    Therrien woke up: put Briere and Beaulieu in the line-up.
    Prust woke up: starting hitting everything in sight.
    Max and Vanek woke up: back to scoring.

    It is okay to get eliminated on the road but never at home. They sent the Bruins a huge message tonight. Wednesday should be fun…


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