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I’m still waiting for the RDS crew to:

a) Notice that David Desharnais played his last shift 19 minutes into the first overtime; and

b) Explain why.

I think DD, one of the Canadiens’ heroes on a night there were a few, got hurt or got sick.

As the teams came on the ice for the second overtime, the camera showed athletic therapist Graham Rynbend  talking to Jacques Martin. I surmise it was bad news on DD.

As it was, Travis Moen – playing with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, after DD became unavailable – gave the Canadiens their best chance to win in OT.

On a 2-on-1 break, Moen slid a pass over to Brian Gionta. But the Captain, who hasn’t scored since his two in Game One, could not get the puck up over a sliding Tim Thomas. Of Gionta’s SEVEN shots on goal, that was the best chance.

It was that kind of night for the Canadiens’ forwards. With a decided speed advantage, they buzzed the Bruins net, only to be denied by a diabolical combination of Thomas, his teammates, the goalpost and crossbar.

Neither team deserved to lose Game Five, but the Canadiens had a well-deserved shot at winning it.

Hockey is a cruel game …. especially at this time of the season.

The Tomas Plekanec line, the Canadiens’ best, was on the ice for the winning goal.

James Wisniewski, returning heroically from sick bay, covered the point like Don Cherry would want him to.

And old warrior Roman Hamrlik, playing the last of his 46 shifts and 35:05 ToI, had two Bruins in front of Carey Price’s net and turned his back on Nathan Horton.

Mistake.

The 51st shot on Carey Price found the back of the net. And the teams head back to Montreal, where the series will resume after another goofy two-day break.

This thing isn’t over. The Bell Centre will be  madhouse on Tuesday night, and the Canadiens’ gutsy performance in Boston proved they’re more than capable of bagging a W at home.

Some stats:

• P.K. Subban played 40:38. Hal Gill, his 36-year-old partner, played 37:39.

• Zdeno Chara’s 37:06 topped the Bruins.

• Patrice Bergeron won 23 of 35 faceoffs. He had four SoG and six hits. Helluva player, and he’s having a spectacular series.

• Brent Sopel was the only Canadien who didn’t register a shot on goal. Chris Kelly and Tomas Kaberle (despite 3:46 on the PP) had no shots for Boston.

• Lars Eller played his best game of the postseason: 21:42, six hits and three SoG. He was 6-6 on faceoffs.

• James Wisniewski sustained a mysterious injury, missed the third period and returned for OT.

• Draws were 43-43. Bergeron’s dominance was offset by Plekanec going 15-12 and Halpern 11-4.

• Scott Gomez: two SoG and only two tries; 7-14 on draws. But that line came alive with DD.

• The Canadiens have the playoffs’ only perfect PK. Bruins were 0-for-3, 0-for-15 in the series.

• The only players in single-digit ToI in a game that lasted 89:03 were Ryan White, Tom Pyatt, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paillé.

• Boston is 17-4 lifetime when up 3-2 in a best-of-7. Habs are 7-19 when down 3-2

Hey, it was a great game that ended badly.

Give the guys’ credit for a valiant effort in the other guys’ barn.

More tomorrow.

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    Boone why would wiz who is a defence man be out on the point covering another d-man? He should have been in front of the net. Forwards cover the points. As you said Hammer was left by himself to cover 2 bruins.

  21. habstrinifan says:

    Do not fold away the flags yet! They will be needed! If not for celebration, then to honour those who, TODAY, have fallen and inspire those who must wage TOMORROW’S fight.

  22. solomio says:

    Valiant effort???? Check the comments on your live blog Mike. Habs sucked for 85% of the game if not more.
    Valiants went the way of the Edsel.

  23. MontrealAtheist says:

    Guys, there is no point in blaming thisn one on bad refs or bad luck. We were simply outplayed and lacked execution when it mattered the most.

    The proof is in the pudding: At the end of the day our goalie gave up a decisive rebound, theirs did not.

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    So what we lost this one? We have proven that we can come back from 3-1, 3-2 down and win. Boston has proven the opposite (3-0 series lead lost last year!). We can win.

    As for our effort so far: I think we played better than Boston to be honest. We choked their offense the first two games and made the games easy for Pricey. In games 4 and 5, I thought neither team deserved to lose and it really came down to luck at the end. We could have won both those games if we burried one of our chances or made 1 less mistake. Game 3 is the only game that the Bruins were better than us. Even then, we dominated the 3rd period and were unlucky not to tie it at least.

    My point is, there is a lot to be opimistic about. There is a lot to be proud of. Even if we lose on Tuesday, I am proud of those Habs. We knew that this team would be hard pressed to win the cup even before Markov and Gorges went down. We also lost Patches on the way.

    And yet, we are giving the mighty Bruins the fight of their lives and judging by tonight, we will make it tough for them to win.

    It’s disapointing because we could have won, we could have wrapped up the series by now but I am proud of the boys. All of them.

    Let’s have a couple of good days and then wait for Tuesday’s game. I believe we can take this team to game 7 and then you never know. One lucky bounce here or there can change this whole series.

    If we lose Tuesday then you can smile knowing that the Bruins won’t win the cup this year. You can take that to the bank. Thomas is more lucky than good and when you have Semin and Ovie shooting pucks, they won;t miss empty nets!

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    As Carey would say: “Just chill guys…” They could gave easily won any of the games so far. That alone gives me hope we can come back. We are very much in this and our goalie is better than theirs. As Habs fans we should rally behind the guys. The Bell Centre crowd last year was a big factor. Let’s just make sure this happens again. As Hab Fans, it’s our job to be the 7th Man. If we show up and cheer no matter what, the guys will get it done.

  26. DarthWade says:

    One of the most horrifying things about tonight’s game was Scott Gomez was yelling at his own team. If he of all people is yelling then there is something seriously wrong with this team. Even PK yelled at them.

    I don’t think we can pull off two in a row. Not anymore. We may win on Tuesday but I think we’ll tank on Wednesday. We gave the momentum away.

    I hope that I’m wrong, but I don’t think we’re getting a miracle this season. Considering all that happened this season with injuries and such, we were lucky to get this far. At least next season we’ll have Pacioretty back and god willing some changes will be made.

  27. RetroMikey says:

    It’s over IMO, we just don;t have the gas to upset and win 2 in a row. Going to upset all those optimistic fans out there, but I don;t see Boston losing the next 2 games especially game 7 at home.
    Problem with our team is we just can’t finish the plays meaning we have no finishers period.
    Not our year this year, we had our glory last season and we won;t repeat upsets like last year in the playoffs.
    The pain, the pain!

    “We will win the Cup one day only with ? in the nets “

  28. Crapadiens says:

    Well this team has earned its new name: The Montreal Crapadiens

    I don’t see them taking this to 7. You saw what happened to the Rags once they blew that 3-0 lead – it affects you mentally and gives the other team a great edge

    They’ve crapped the bed 3 straight games now. Game 3 it was Pricey’s gaffes (who can fault him anyways, the guys is probably burnt out by now) and 4 and 5 were just absolute crap-fests in terms of production (or lack thereof) from the so-called “money” players who have yet to really show up this PS.

    Lets hope the Crapucks don’t sh*t the bed tomorrow and keep the hope alive that this American puppet nation of ours can bring the Freemason’s cup back up the right side of the 49th.

    • Propwash says:

      Well, it ain’t over till its over. Funny how you chime in on a rough point on the road.

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      I’m sorry but your comment is really pathetic! The Bruins won 3 only because Price thought that if The Bruins dont have players with skill to put the puck behind him, hé Will give Them a hand – twice! Game 4 and 5 should have been won by the Habs, but as story shows the Pruins had some lucky bounces and it went their way! This match up actually looks like a bad Hollywood movie: you have the big ugly dirty Pruins in almost German uniforms with ugly dirty players and then you have the skilled need looking Habs with skill and speed which are there to play the game the honorable way. And mark my words, the heroes always come back and win in those movies!

  29. Da Hema says:

    That was a fine game from a spectator standpoint. There are two things that stand out for me: (1) the opportunities squandered by the Canadiens over the past three games, and (2) the incredible fortune the cruel gods have bestowed upon the Bruins over the past three games. In fact, I am having a hard time recalling a team so lucky as the Bruins. Plekanec shoots a certain goal into Michael Ryder’s glove, and Gionta makes Tim Thomas look like Jacques Plante on what should have been a game-winning goal. Fortuna is a bitch-goddess. Why she is smiling upon the Bruins is a mystery to me. From their classless coach to their racist fans, the Bruins hardly deserve the good fortune they are getting. Yet they are. I am still proud of my Habs, but Gomez, Hamrlik, and Spacek are making me sick to my stomach.

    • Steven says:

      Luck and Karma and Fortune and all those things have a mysterious way of working themselves. I’m still confident they have something coming their way.

      I mean, I think the nastiest way Karma could strike them now is by having them drop it all in Game 7. After having a great comeback(For argument’s sake), they drop it all.

      Great headline, right? :)

    • HabitantQuebec says:

      Hey Da Hama! That was soooo well said! I almost Got physically sick by watching how the lucky Bruins got not just one but various lucky bounces especially in game 4 and 5. Thomas doesnt know what hé is doing most of the time and you Can be sure some of those saves were more luck than anything. If you then look at the technique Price has you Will know why hé makes those incredible saves! I’m disgusted by the Bruins in so many ways!

  30. habs001 says:

    i still think we can win tues and wed …if pitts/tampa go 7 and sabres beat flyers we play pitt/tampa winner and no freshness advantage…the lack of scoring (23rd last year and 25th this year) has haunted this team for 2 years and next year we will probably not have much more scoring…..too many single digit goal scorers in the lineup…

  31. Old Bald Bird says:

    The System came within a whisker of beating the better team tonight. Our only chance is to play low scoring games.

  32. Sheldon says:

    I think the solution may be to get Scott Gomez on the ice more often. I think his lack of quality minutes is hampering his production!

  33. rogieshan says:

    I thought Kostitsyn ran out of gas in the OT – it appeared he was caught standing still and reacting slowly on a number of shifts, especially on the winning goal.

  34. JIMVINNY says:

    The thing I’m most upset about is that the refs had no problem giving the bruins a PP in OT, but when Cammy was tripped, no call was made. Total bs.

  35. JohnBellyful says:

    Ryder’s stop on Plekanek’s shot. Geez, everybody knows you shoot low, stick side, on Ryder. Didn’t Pleks read the scouting reports before the series?

  36. Les-Habitants says:

    Good game. So many missed chances, so many close calls.

    Not gonna lie…this one hurts a lot

  37. smiler2729 says:

    The team were great tonight, they played a fantastic road game but had no finish… and now we go back to Montreal to win game 6 and head back to Boston for game 7 where anything can happen.

    Ya gotta believe… I just wish we had more finish.

    “My second favourite team is whoever plays the Leafs”

  38. Gindan69 says:

    The “system” leaves no room for errors. Everyone has to be perfect. We need a new system. Something where a guy can make a mistake and it doesn’t find the back of the net each time.

    • 4EverHabsFan says:

      JM’s “Winning” system relys on getting a one-goal lead, falling back into a prevent defense and hoping for the best. When you fall behind or the game is tied, the “sytem” is F’d!

  39. SeriousFan09 says:

    Cammalleri not quite the scoring marvel he was last year (Still solid) factored in with Gomez killing his line each time they play and the writing is on the wall for needed scoring.

    We have a generation gap in able scorers to come off the farm unfortunately.

    - I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

    • 4EverHabsFan says:

      Agree… Cammy is doin the best of all forwards on the scoresheet, but that doesn’t mean he has been as great…

      Gomez is KILLING us- And as I said the other night, him wearing the #11 sweater is a disgrace to the guy who wore it before. I am not saying retire the #11, but for management to let him change to that number- BRUTAL. The old #11 would win at least 1/2 of his faceoffs, and would be a key contributer on this team. GOMEZ is SH*T

    • TheMock780 says:

      Ya, these reasons (along with an aging defence) are why this team, realistically, is about 3-4 years away from competing for a cup.

      The Gomez contract is just too much of an anchor on and off the ice.

    • dallyd31 says:

      Not sure what games your’re watching, but Cammy has been bad. -2 tonight. Giveaways and missed passes galore, couldn’t hang onto the puck. waving his stick instead of checking, didn’t win a battle and won’t go into traffic. He also missed a wide open net

      He also had the giveaway that created the game winning goal.

  40. ooder says:

    man it was nice to see some of teh guys on this team play like their ass hair was on fire…
    Darche, DD, Eller, Halpern, Price, Subban, Gill, Spacek, Cammy (more or less)
    these guys need to come up to ak, pleks, gomez, gio, moen and slap em in the face.
    ak had a brutal game.
    if their is an award for most missed breakaways pleks would win it hands down
    gio has to come through when he has an empty net and just has to be better
    gomez is as bad as ever … unfortunately it is very unlikely we will ever win with him on our team
    moen… pshh terrible hockey palyer overall

    the rest of the guys howevber played amazing and battled like mad…
    ——————
    GWG = game winning gionta!

    • Steven says:

      I hate to go all Grammar Police on you, but are you drunk or just mad? :P

      Regardless, I think I agree on every point. DD, Eller and Halpern were something else this game. Price, doesn’t even need to be said. Obviously with any other goalie between the pipes our goose is cooked after 4 or 5.

      I thought Kostitsyn was starting to finally come into form but obviously that game left much to be desired, and I hope he can figure it out again. Plekanec seems to have lost his touch since he got injured, and I really can’t figure out what happened. His injury couldn’t have been that bad, could it?

      Gomez has and always will suck in the CH jersey, wearing #11 or not. In fact, he was better last year. Slap that 91 on him and pray to God, I say.

      Gionta seems to have really lost a step since he got named Captain, even if he did finish with the same goals this year as last. Something seems missing from his game.

      Moen? Don’t even get me started. Every time he’s in with the Top 6, I cringe.

      I think a rebuild of some sort is in order again. We’re finally finding players that will be our future core and will guide us to the Promised Land(Price, PK, Eller, Patches, Cammy and Pleks when they’re on their game, dare I even say DD and Gionta…). We have to work forward with them and start dropping the chaff off this team(Gomez, Moen, Gomez, Hamrlik, Gomez, Sopel, Gomez, probably AK, and Gomez.) and keep finding the better pieces.

      • ooder says:

        haha nah man, i’m just really tired… was up late last night and up early today.
        and with 7.3 million tied up in 7 goals and a -15… it is very hard for any coach to guide his team to a championship
        ——————
        GWG = game winning gionta!

        • Steven says:

          With that kind of money we could go pick up a key piece to the puzzle, and probably still have 2 M or something to go.

          We could probably even throw that same salary at Brad Richards and have him come over(Even though he said he doesn’t wanna come to Montreal) and he’ll produce, without a doubt.

          The key piece to this season, which was evident from Puck Drop in Toronto way back in October till now was Carey Price. The key piece for next season is the fate of Gomez.

      • 4EverHabsFan says:

        Along with dropping Gomez, we should drop Gomez, Gomez, Gomez… We HAVE better pieces than him all ready. Since Xmas there are many younger players that have been called into action that has showed us that! Oh wait, JM Is still our coach so they come up here and sit on the bench…

        • Steven says:

          Makes you wonder what’s going through JM’s mind. Gomez’ 33 goal season was an anomaly and his prime years have long since passed him. He’s washed up.

          I’ve been thinking that Eller should be in Gomez’ spot right now. Since at least February, he’s been better than Gomer in every conceivable way. At least Eller might spark a goal out of Gionta instead of skating to center ice and chipping it in, or making a blind pass, or turning it over.

          They could’ve kept Koivu for something like 2 M and had a better center than Gomez. In fact, I’d have more confidence in Pyatt playing center between Gomez and whoever the newest member of that line is. And that’s no joke.

          • 4EverHabsFan says:

            Totally agree with the Koivu… We may have not got Gionta, but Selanne was a FA around the same time I believe… and Selanne isn’t too bad…

            I think Eller is getting better by the game. For what Gomez doing now, Pyatt would be an upgrade. It is so frustrating to watch- especially when Gomez get top line ice and PP time.

            The future is only as bright as JM lets it be unfortunately. I say it all the time, we will not win with JM, our youth will not get the opportunity with JM, and at the end of this year, Kirk Muller will be a rookie Head Coach somewhere that isn’t Montreal…

          • Steven says:

            Koivu and Selanne over Gomez and Gionta? I’m not getting any sleep tonight.

            You have to think Gomez has some incriminating photos of JM or something because there’s no way he can expect anything good of Gomez whenever he’s out on the ice.

            Regardless, I think the coach that loses this series loses his job. If JM wants to stay coach of the Habs, he has to win. Otherwise, Kirkey might actually get a shot.

          • 4EverHabsFan says:

            LOL The photos of JM are probably with PG or something…

            Well on Tuesday if our beloved Habs fall, let’s only hope that the door is opened and JM’s ass is kicked out it… and the door hopefully will hit Gomez’s ass on the way out shortly after the Cup playoffs are done…

  41. After game 5 last year, Halak had made 123 saves on 135 shots.
    -.911 SVP

    After game 5 this year, Price has made 165 saves on 176 shots.
    -.938 SVP

    If you blame the goaltender, at any point, you’re a fracking idiot.

  42. RGM says:

    This entire series has been so evenly matched, making it a true joy to watch. Through five games both teams have scored 12 goals. Both goalies have had flourishes of being anywhere from merely human to utterly superb, and Game 5 was the first one in which both were excellent for the full game. There hasn’t been any thuggery as we’ve seen occasionally during the regular season. Big-game players have been big-game players. There is still room to improve for key players on both teams. This is the essence of playoff hockey, and it is entirely fitting that it is being embodied by the Canadiens and the Bruins.
    I still believe. Habs in 7.

    Carey Price is All Hart! http://on.fb.me/CP31Hart
    Go Habs Go!
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  43. ths says:

    Hamerlicks got the man and he lets him go

    Ooh Aah Habs on the war path

  44. Propwash says:

    ****. Fill in the blanks.

  45. Rainrocket16 says:

    What a great game..very easy to be upset but hey, at least we battled! We sucked the first period but started to wake up. Eller and DD were something wonderful! Hamrlik is not to be blamed nor should anyone! Life isn’t fair and neither is Hockey, but the last time I checked we are heading to Montreal where we have a hell of a lot to prove!!

  46. twilighthours says:

    That pretty much sums it up. Except for

    -Gomez was awful

    -So was Moen (except for his pass to Gio)

    -Gio wasn’t great, but got better in O/T

    -AKost looked disinterested and the ease with which he got lost and got picked on the winning goal was disappointing

  47. jimmy shaker says:

    Great job JM…….letting white ride the pine yet again! I think the bounces and the luck are all used up for the cubs in this series, and actually don’t feel scared or pissed or angry over the last 3 losses. I think the boys played great tonight, JM screwed up again by benching white, DD has to be okay and mara has to come in for hammer! Price has to end his losing streak in the series and on home ice and it will all come down to a game 7 wednesday night! Wake up Martin, the series is passing you by!
    Oh, and can we please work on the down low rotation by our forwards when our D move up to cover an opposing forward in the d-zone at our blueline!

    Shaker

    • 4EverHabsFan says:

      JM screws it up every night we don’t get a lead in the early going. His system doesn’t allow to be tied or trailing. The team HAS to score 1st.

      He benches anyone young and lets his “veterans” f-up all night with no reprocussions… The “winner” JM is in this past… Oh wait we all have as many CUps as JM… ZERO…

  48. HAB-PROFESSOR says:

    DAMN… when are the Hockey Gods going to give us redemption…

  49. Keith says:

    Can’t hang my head after this loss. The guy’s played with BALLS tonight!

  50. wmarcello says:

    I believe DD was hurt when he crossed the blue line on a rush and was double-teamed.

    As for the winning goal, don’t blame it on Hamrlik. He was left all alone in front with 2 Bruins, all because Wisniewski decided to go for a skate and follow the puck at the point.

    • jimmy shaker says:

      He followed his man, it was either pleks or ak46 who didn’t rotate down to cover wiz’s spot. The boys needed to communicate better on that play, either by wiz leaving the guy, which is probably easier, or wiz staying on his man and yelling at pleks or ak46 to get back and cover down low. The cubs got the bounces tonight, but I really do believe tonight will be the last of the luck for these cubs. I still feel good heading into tuesday and wednesday……we all should!

      Shaker

  51. 4EverHabsFan says:

    Must be a Leaf fan cause you sound like one…

  52. habsfanonthewestcoast says:

    why hasn’t this clown been ban yet?

    guess what wuyu bozo. nobody here will never spend a dime on your scam.


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