Liveblog: Washington spoils Canadiens’ homecoming with 4-1 W


The Bell Centre came alive …for 54 seconds.

Tomas Plekanec’s third-period goal tied the game 1-1 and brought the building to life, 7:18 into the third period.

Jubilation was short-lived.

Evgeny Kuznetsov deked Jeff Petry and Beat Carey Price to restore Washington’s lead at 8:12 of the third.

Brett Connolly added an insurance goal off a Canadiens turnover.

And then, with the issue no longer in doubt, Alexander Ovechkin tied Maurice Richard with his 544th career goal.

Nicklas Backstrom got Washington on the board 11 minutes into the game.

Alone in front of Carey Price, Backstrom cashed the rebound of an Alex Ovechkin blast.

Shots were 39-23 for the winners.

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Full disclosure: Tonight’s Liveblog is coming to you live from …

My basement in the suburbs.

The Ol’ Blogger is dealing with some health issues that preclude long commutes in bone-chilling cold.

Hope to be back gobbling hot dogs and bitching about crappy Bell barn music ASAP.


  1. strunzo says:

    In order to win, your best players have to be your best players. Last night, our best players were not our best players. Weber is lazy coming out of the corner and Backstrom out-muscles him in front of the net for goal #1. Of course it didn’t help that Price didn’t hold on to the easy unobstructed view of a shot that Ovie took in the first place, and lastl it was Emelin who threw the puck up the middle in the first place. Three mistakes in 10 seconds on three of our best players.

    Second goal, who ever has Petry’s jock-strap please return it. Phew

    Third goal, Alphonse and Gaston Act between Price and Petry. This one is mostly on Price.

    Fourth goal. When Montreal’s PP went south last year, it was because the other teams keyed of Subban. Eight or nine games this year, it was because they keyed on Weber. Can We not key on Ovie?

    Having said all of that, the team is playing as well and as hard as they can. They are just not that talented or skilled or sizeable.

  2. Duker says:

    Glass half full: 4-1-1 last 6 road games
    Glass half empty: 1 regulation win last 9 games

    Where’s the beef MB ?

  3. Duker says:

    One of the surest bets is AGAINST a team,first game back from a long road trip. No big deal,it’s game 41
    Where’s the beef MB ?

  4. fastfreddy says:

    I really wanted Price to get the win over Holtby. Anyway, it’s pretty clear the Habs need some scoring help if they want to do some damage in the playoffs. Hopefully MB has a plan in store for the team come deadline or sooner.

    CH = Les Glorieux!!!

    • D Mex says:

      Habs need scoring help – yup. Getting that 2nd-line C-man will help on that front, another sniper who comes equipped with all the options would be a nice add as well.
      On the upside, Bergevin has about 10-15 games to finalize the plan for the assets he wants to target, and who / what he is willing to give up to get them. There’ll be about 20 games post-deadline for things to mesh before the 1st round gets underway. Patience …

      ALWAYS Habs –
      D Mex

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      Therrien / Lacroix / Pacioretty : All Desharnais All the Time !

  5. Old Bald Bird says:

    The team was not perky tonight. Too much … er … ah … home cooking. Yup, that’s it — cookin.

  6. kevinshabs says:

    Good night all, and please keep it down, we dont want to wake up Pricer Jr.. Papa needs his zzzzzzzzz…

  7. kevinshabs says:

    Carey Price and Gallagher for Draisaitl.Puljujarvi, Nuse and Cam Talbot..
    Throw in Greg Pateryn and get a deal done.

  8. kevinshabs says:

    Washington has found value with several players they drafted late in the first round, and they do this in the Ovechkin era where they usually drafted low yet were still able to find talent, especially at the foward positon, while Montreal has to outside the organization for players like Shaw and Radulov. Trevor Timmins is highly overrated.

    • Kvothe says:

      Would the Habs even have been able to develop Kuzzy? He only broke out recently, and the Habs almost screwed up Chucky. He’s still bad defensively and he’s gonna be your #1 centre, that’s a big issue.

      Caps are lucky they had all that talent to help Kuzzy develop. Not a sure thing that he’d be that good if the Habs had drafted him.

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:


  10. eastcoasthabs says:

    Price haters out in full force lol
    Trade him or remember this brutal team last year without him. Can’t see why no one likes us hab fans. Loss to a very good cap fans without 7 regulars and we blame Price idiots

    • Max says:

      Hi game isn’t inspiring confidence most nights.He seems disinterested and slow almost lazy at times.

    • Kvothe says:

      If you’re a Price hater, you’re really out to lunch. He’s the only reason the Habs are where they are, even considering the injuries. Even playing at a level that is below his standard, the mental effect he provides is still huge.

      Also, can’t win if you don’t score goals. Where was the offence? The reactions concerning Price’s play suggests that many fans expect him to carry the team, which is a reflection of reality.

  11. Arnou Ruelle says:

    This game is, by far, the most obvious CP has been in terms of underperformance. But for me, the team should be putting more pucks in the net. Talent wise, the Habs are no match for the Capitals tonight. They sure do need a Galchenyuk, a Markov, or a Shaw. Other than that, I like the way the 4th line is working. MT did made sure Big Mac and Scherbak play within the system. They still need to grow within the team.

    The team, after their road trip, looked dead tired. After this game, its back-to-back road games in Winnipeg, then Minnesota. Rest and recuperation will be key here. The all-star weekend is their only time to recharge themselves.

    Washington will be a tough opponent if ever the Habs face them in the playoffs.

  12. PeterCH says:

    Holtby had a Vezina worthy performance while Price (once again) was dopey. This seems to be trending in December and January. He looked unfocussed and generally disinterested.

  13. 123456 says:

    Price is fifth in the league with save percentage. Get over yourselves bashers.

  14. HabsfanlostinTO says:

    Good Night all. Rest up and feel better Boone!


  15. Larry says:

    How can Washington be 11-0-2 in their last 13 at the Bell Center? They own the Habs like no other team.

  16. kalevine says:

    Caps have no injuries…Habs have oodles. Just no match for them. If Habs hadn’t scored the tie goal it might have ended 1-0 or 2-0, but when they tied it the Caps just decided to regain the lead, and did it promptly.

    A healthy Habs team does much better against the Caps, especially in the playoffs

  17. Habby_Haberton says:

    Ugly game but to be expected.

    • Habituated says:

      That one reeked of inevitability early on.

      Not the worst performance, but the Habs were steadily outplayed all night.

      Perhaps they’ll find their legs back on the road.

  18. on2ndthought says:

    Cue the trolls,

    Good night, all.

    Free Front.

  19. Chuck says:

    That was nice to see Price congratulate Ovechkin after the final whistle. Classy.

  20. on2ndthought says:

    Trotz with Ovie and Eller out for the last shift.

    Free Front.

  21. B says:

    Holtby > Price?

    –Go Habs Go!–

    • Arnou Ruelle says:

      Nah! We can’t say that. the CH just got back from a long road-trip. So I don’t blame Pricey and the rest not performing their best in this loss.

  22. Habby_Haberton says:

    Obviously OV was gonna score.

  23. Larry says:

    They should watch tape of other teams power plays to see how it is done.

  24. on2ndthought says:

    Let’s see if the Caps let up, now…

    Didn’t think so.

    Free Front.

  25. on2ndthought says:

    The Russian Rocket

    congrats Ovie. Break it in Washington, please.

    Free Front.

  26. Habbu says:

    Can’t win em all…..

  27. kevinshabs says:

    Which player kept the Habs from having a top 2 at center of Alex Galchenyuk and Evgeny Kuznetsoz?? Jarred Tinordi. Thanks Timmins.

  28. dexterthebeagle says:

    Game, Set and Match

  29. on2ndthought says:


    Free Front.

  30. roberge12 says:

    Our pp’s are almost unbearable to watch. We can hardly gain the zone with any control. This is not our night.

  31. UKRAINIANhab says:

    Would welcome a playoff series with Washington. Ov will choke :). I’d prefer the weeds tho

  32. Gerry Pigeon says:

    Remember Carey is a new dad, so betting his sleep and other usual patterns are disrupted. Also note, this is coming from the guy that keeps saying Trade Carey….

  33. kevinshabs says:

    2010 draft, Washington selects Engeny Kuznetsov at #26, fie picks earlier, Montreal takes Jarred Tinordi. and fans complain how there are so few players after the top of the first round.

    Kevin Burns

  34. Mavid says:

    wonder what the odds are of the Habs tying this game..not good but I will watch and cheer instead of second guessing..

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  35. Habby_Haberton says:

    Ya I agree. Price seems depressed lately.

  36. yehaken says:

    Price hasn’t been vey Brodeurian with the puck this evening. But then again Radulov has looked hung over and Therrien has been giving the kids some ice time so maybe Spock has a beard.

  37. roberge12 says:

    That was so unprician.

  38. Larry says:

    Something not right with Price. Still glimpses of greatness but the last month or so he has been little better than average.

  39. on2ndthought says:

    Classic first home game after a road trip. Just a wee bit behind the play. Get a quick one lads.

    Free Front.

  40. Coach K says:

    Their defensive awareness has been an adventure tonight to say the least. One guy outworks 2 Habs behind the net and its over.

    Good of them to make Eller’s homecoming a pleasant one.

    -Adversity Does Not Build Character…it Reveals it-
    (James Lane Allen)

  41. PK says:

    Is Price really as good as he was two seasons ago?

    Here, he coughs up the puck and gives up the backbreaker.

  42. FormalWare says:

    Kuznetsov is taking over this game.

    “Good Luck With That,” Habs!

  43. Ironhogs says:

    Price is weak tonight. Made some good saves, but just not good enough.

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