Game 11: Canadiens win third straight


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• At a Glance: For the second time in 48 hours, the Canadiens defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, this time by a score of 4-2 at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 2-1 winners in Boston on Thursday. Brian Gionta was credited with the Canadiens’ first goal, 15:26 into the first period, when he deflected a Tomas Plekanec point shot on the power play. Lars Eller, who has been playing good hockey since returning from shoulder surgery, scored his first of the season at 16:42 with a wrist shot that went over the shoulder of Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. David Desharnais gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead 12:24 into the second period, Montreal’s second power-play goal of the game. The Bruins got one back at 16:28 when the Canadiens couldn’t clear the zone and Milan Lucic blasted a slapshot over Carey Price’s shoulder. Tyler Seguin scored at 19:05 to make it 3-2 Montreal, but Plekanec would score into an empty net to seal the win for the Canadiens.

• What It Means: The Canadiens have now won three straight games and improve to 4-5-2 for 10 points after 11 games.

• What’s Next: Montreal will enjoy the next few days off before resuming play against the Senators in Ottawa next Friday night. They then travel to New York to take on the Rangers on Saturday night.


  1. ClaytonM says:

    First off, your site sucks major donkey ….. Can’t comment on major storyline? Wat up wit dat? (ooh eeh…)

    What I love about Lars Eller is he learned 2 lessons tonight. The first was SHOOT THE PUCK!!! The Second was don’t get too down on yourself. We won, you made a mistake and cost Price a shutout. Buy him a steak dinner and move on!

    He will be our #1 Center(caps aware) and lead us to greatness.

    Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  2. dre1744 says:

    I just hope this week long lay off doesn’t kill any moment we have going right now!!!!!

  3. Muckbringer says:

    stats be damned. it was a great effort by our boys!!!ott friday, nyr sat…thanks lads for spakin philiy, B’sX2!!!!

  4. mike3131 says:

    A little off topic from the game, but here are some pending UFA’s of interest that the Habs should consider after we sign Carey, PK and Gorges…

    Parise (would be sick, but not affordable unless we bury Gomez)
    Doan (would there be room for him?)
    Stoll (Gritty 2-way faceoff man)
    Koivu 😉
    Bertuzzi (if AK doesn’t resign)
    Older Pyatt (above reason)
    Greg Campbell?
    Burish, Parros, Thornton, Asham (for those who want an enforcer)

    Sarich (RH big hitter)
    Coburn (6’5 top-4 guy)

  5. LTHF says:

    Great win for the Habs on Thurs. However, as I posted many times, I dont think the Habs can win anything with Martin> He had some very good teams in Ottawa and yet couldnt do anything come playoff time. And just to cite one example of what he did on Thurs with 1:32 seconds left in the game and up by one goal against the defending champs, faceoff in Montreal end , he has Gill and Diaz along with the Darche line (4th line) out to protect a one goal lead. Price saved the day on couple of occasions. If that was the right players to have out there, then all the former great coaches like Toe Blake, Bowman, Burns, Ruel. Mcneill etc were all doing it wrong when they played their top defensive players in similar situation. Hope they have another strong game tonight but I think its going to be tougher.

    • 123456 says:

      i think that was after an icing – at the time i was hoping JM woudl take a TO to rest the guys – instead boston used their timeout…. he out waited julian. nice play coach!

    • NS-Hab says:

      There was an icing call and the rules say you cannot change your players if you ice the puck. Toe Blake, Bowman, Burns, Ruel. Mcneill etc did not have that rule when they coached. Better understand the situation before you post. JM did call a time out which is the correct move at that point in the game.

    • mike3131 says:

      Diaz had previously saved a goal – but yeah I’m one of the many who want JM out.

    • JayBee says:

      I agree with you. But honestly, what coach could have done anything with the horrific goaltending he got in Ottawa. You absolutely NEED good/great goaltending to be successful in the playoffs. You can hide your goalie during the reg season…but not in the playoffs. Ask Philly.

      • Beaco says:

        Hey JayBee. Wanna start by saying I like your posts. That said…I’m not one to call for Martin’s head after every loss but I don’t have much affection for him either. Don’t really believe in him. The System works but IMO only to a point. I don’t even like Patrick Lalime but the bad goaltending argument in Ottawa always intrigues me. People like to hang all of that on Lalime and suggest that no coach could win in that situation. Game 7 2003-04 was a shame but it’s interesting to note that his GAA in that series was 1.96! SV% is weak at .906 but still, you give up under 2 per game and you find yourself in a game 7? Lalime’s lifetime playoff stats? 21-20 5Shutouts G.A.A.1.77 SV%.926 Hardly the goalie’s fault. You have to score a couple to win. The System works but it seems it only takes you so far. Needs a teak methinks.

    • Stephen York says:

      Subban iced the puck when the net was empty, and the Darche line had to stay on. Luckily, Julien called a time out to allow them to rest.

      ***Edit*** : my apologies, you were talking about Thursday’s game.

      The reasons the Habs are winning now is the fact that since Monday’s game vs. the Panthers, Martin hasn’t juggled the lines ONCE, and he’s actually giving Cole ice time.
      Gomez doesn’t fit anymore – these lines are solid.

    • tbovs says:

      You know he won a jack adams in ottawa right….you guys just kill me… horrific goaltending in ottawa and in the playoffs if you don’t get goaltending your pooched. Look … he isn’t animated, he looks like count chocula, and he has a system that preaches responsibility and again…why won’t we win with him…we forechecked great the last few games…we played a great 2-1-2 forecheck for the first half of the game and then we trap mixed in…why do you think martin knows nothing…he’s been coaching for 27 years…whats your coaching resume???? He is what this team needs…we don’t have a deep high scoring team…and you want these guys to go toe to toe with Pitts and Wash…Really??!!???

  6. derfab says:

    I guess Weber and Diaz are playing well enough to keep Emelin out, though I think the Russian’s physicality is more important. Speaking english can’t hurt. Someone will have to go when markov gets back. I think they should both dress for now with some 4th line and pp duty in the mix. Emelin has a good, LH slap and snap that gets to the net. Please, no more forwards on the pp point!

    • JayBee says:

      what physicality? At least Diaz and Weber bring a more offensive edge and can put points on the board. Emelin at this point doesn’t bring as much offensively and isn’t anymore physical than the above guys.

      • Tony McLean says:

        Yep, he was improving steadily but still looks very tentative and green. Awe-struck.
        When Gandhi Gauthier and Mohandas Martin took over from Bob ‘BGL’ Gainey things went from bad to wuss.

        • mongoose says:

          Yeah he does look very nervous out there,he has flashes at times Ex. He just missed Kadri with a hip check last week ,he is deathly afraid to fight after his terrible beatdown in the Khl.

          Toronto Maple leaf fans and ignorance walk hand in hand in the land of stupidity

  7. Mark C says:

    Benny got the montreal flu.

  8. mfDx says:

    Considering how the Habs have reacted this week. I believe that ms Jessica Rusnac should be awarded a special merit badge or award for doing what any caring journalist should do; leave the fluffer at home. Ask an original question stir the (proverbial,of course) pot.
    Being hundreds of miles away, I’ll challenge all journalists and readers to find a good local flower shop to start building a nice big bouquet. I’ll chip in my $10 using paypal or something. Ms Rusnac hasn’t been credited enough for the Canadiens reversal of fortune.

    Sent from my CHphone

  9. Anti JM says:

    DD is the man. Notice how paccioretty does well when he’s with him? Notice how cole is doing with DD with him?

    DD is a producer. 2 things; I’d like to see him slightly more intense in the defensive zone and he’s got to get a few more shots at the net…but that will come the more he sets up his teamates like he does…the more they score, the more they’ll be more closely watched, thereby opening more space for DD to shoot..and he has a has always known how to score goals…he’s a beauty..the more he plays, the better he’s gonna get…at every level, he adapts and adjusts fairly quickly, and then he starts to rack up points. I think much more is to come from him….he is a workhorse…he needs to become one of the go to guys on the team..he flourishes in roles like that…just watch…

  10. Mr. Biter says:

    Have to watch tonight on NHL network,so I will have to put up with Broons announcers. Gonna need plenty of Rum.

    Mr. Biter

  11. Mikey_39 says:

    So it’s safe to say we’ve seen the last of Emelin. There’s no way he’s going to sit around doing nothing. He’ll be back to Russia in no time.

    I mean if he’s not going to be played against a physical team like the Bruins, you have to wonder when he will be played.

    It’s a shame too. After all the time spent trying to get him here, you have to figure that there’s no way he’ll ever come back when he returns to Russia. He seemed to be coming into his own, and he was exactly the type of defender Montreal has needed for so long

  12. Hicktownboy says:

    Moen is on Fire and going for a good old Saskatchewan Gordie Howe Hat Trick tonight!!!!!!

  13. Hicktownboy says:

    Moen is on Fire and going for a good old Saskatchewan Gordie Howe Hat Trick tonight!!!

  14. stephen says:

    Just noticed Gorges is 3rd in scoring on the team with 6 points and amongst the team leaders in +/-.

    Seems he has quietly made a solid return to action after the injury. Nice to see.

  15. GenerationYHabs says:

    My opinion that the NHL is just pathetic was jsut reasserted. As I was on their main site looking at team standings when I noticed a video on the side bar titled top 10 Habs vs Booins rivalry moments and figured why the hell not.

    The video featured your ordinary league bias towards Beantown, showing every time a habs player got his face smashed in or got scored on by an ape which was all the be expected. The thing that really got me going though was when the Maxpac incident was thrown in there aswell, apperently its a “top” ten moment in their opinion.

    • Habso says:

      The Bruins owner has a lot of pull, he is one of the most involved owners on the board of governors. He’s the one who gave Bettman his new multi-million dollar paycheck.

    • Sotxhabsfan says:

      Just saw that same thing on NHL on the Fly. At first I thought they were doing the Top 10 Bruins moments in the rivalry and would be doing the Canadiens moments later.
      I’m going to have to watch the US announcers of this game tonight, I hope the Habs have a better first period and keep those announcers from being too smug.

  16. Say Ash says:

    So no Emelin again?

  17. What are the lines and defence pairings for tonights game? Go Habs Go!!!!

  18. piter says:

    I predict a 3-2 Habs win. Gionta will finally get one…GO HABS GO!!!!!!

  19. habstrinifan says:

    Since I am first on this thread… GO HABS GO!

    BRUINS gonna get a hurting real bad tonight.

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