Game 27: Canadiens tame Sharks in matinee

Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes one of his 25 saves against the Sharks Saturday. Dario Ayala, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price earned his league-leading 16th win of the season Saturday afternoon during a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. The two teams traded goals in a somewhat dull first period when the Canadiens mustered only four shot on goal. Mathieu Darche opened the scoring exacty six minutes into the game when he grabbed his own reboud to beat Antii Niemi. The Sharks got that one back 13:04 into the period when Benn Ferriero fired a shot past Price from the side boards that the goaltender never saw. The second period wasn’t much more exciting, but the Canadiens took a 2-1 lead when Tomas Plekanec scored his ninth of the season 13:58 into frame. Plekanec shook off a check along the boards, broke into the slot and caught Niemi moving the other way with his shot. Michael Cammalleri scored his eighth of the season 8:22 into the third period to seal the victory. On the play, Roman Hamrlik broke in on a breakaway after blocking a shot at the Canadiens blue line. Hamrlik’s first and second shots were stoped by Niemi but could not stop Cammalleri on the third try.
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• Key Moments: With the score tied at 1-1 during a lackluster second period, Plekanec made the extra effort at the end of a long shift to give the Canadiens the lead.

• What It Means: Montreal’s record improves to 17-8-2 for 36 points to solidify the Canadiens’ grip on first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens welcome the Ottawa Senators to the Bell Centre on Tuesday night then hit the road for games in Detroit and Toronto next Friday and Saturday.

123 Comments

  1. MTLForever says:

    don’t argue with a guy who isn’t a habs fan and thinks gill is one of the worst in the nhl, check this guys profile. what a joke.

  2. mr.a. says:

    next game. whenever gill is on the ice, stop watching the game and focus in on gill. youll see why i think he’s such  a big useless pussy who once in a while will be lucky enough to get in front of a shot and block it.

  3. habs03 says:

    With all due respects to mr.a, when I saw that reply, I really laughed and decided not to reply, but good job on the response, Gill is a huge reason why we have the number 1 PK.

  4. christophor says:

    mustache who?

  5. Da Hema says:

    I agree, and would certainly prefer the Leafs improve enough to at least keep Boston from drafting in the top five next year.

    Burke really screwed the Leafs with that Kessel deal….

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    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  6. SeriousFan09 says:

    Even blind squirrels find nuts now and then though, can’t keep giving them shots at the draft lottery and expect nothing to happen. Adam Larsson added to their defence would address of replacing Chara down the line.

     

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

  7. W35T5ID3 says:

    dude you obviously do not watch hockey …..gill exceptional at the defensive side of the game…..using his stick ,blocking shots, he is a defensive beast out there and moreso he brings an attitude and personality to the dressing that is top notch.

    How fast do u think u could skate if u were 6’7”???I bet Gill could skate ya into the ice.

    Appreciate what Gill brings to the table……DEFENSIVE PROWESS at its BEST.

  8. Da Hema says:

    I see the point here, but the Bruins have had a tendency to waste draft picks and their young talent. Everyone was saying how the Bruins would win the championship when they drafted Thorton and Samsonov 10 years ago, but look at how that building effort turned out.

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    An important announcement from the Government of Canada:

    Health Canada is reminding Canadians that consumption of the Toronto Maple Leafs has led to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, dementia, and penile dysfunction.

  9. otter649 says:

    Sad thing for The Leafs they finished in 29th place last season with Kessel in the line up which I am sure they could have done without Kessel on their team………

  10. mrhabby says:

    thats true..what ever it is i hope PG is seriously looking at alternatives. we still need another forward.

  11. habsfansince91 says:

    that’s true but since they can’t take that trade back, look at it this way; one team gets a lot better (bruins) while one team gets a lot worse (leafs) compared to the trade never happening and both teams getting better by getting good draft picks. I still would’ve rather had the leafs give those picks to a team in the west but it is what it is.

  12. mr.a. says:

    gill should be in the press box. can’t believe how overrated this turkey is.

  13. light_n_tasty says:

    Not to mention only 1 of those has been in OT.  It’s a lot easier for goalies to reach 40 wins than it once was because of the SO wins, but Price is doing it in regulation.

  14. SeriousFan09 says:

    I wish they’d never shown up, we were better off Leafs when were plodding along in mere mediocrity, not absolute Mickey Mouse territory. Boston will select in the draft lottery again and their future will be secured for the next decade.

     

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

  15. habsfansince91 says:

    what i find very funny is that a couple of weeks ago wilson benched kessel because of his lazy backcheck. Kessel didn’t even realize and still doesn’t realize what he did wrong. Wilson’s solution? Put kessel at center where he’s going to have even more defensive responsibilities. God i hope burk and wilson never get fired.

    Good win by the habs today!!

     

  16. lavie says:

    A top 6 forward is one thing; the top 6 forward running fit into the team is another thing. Look at New Jersey and Toronto.

  17. SeriousFan09 says:

    He’s right, all that dust covering them? It could fall down to the ice and get in your eyes.

     

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

  18. habs03 says:

    JM is the best coach the Habs have had in the past 15 years! I love the defensive system, what I love even more is the tough love to the younger players, Pouliot has been better because of it, Eller is easily make his way up the depth chart, and no doubt that Subban is going to be better because of this in the long run. The question now is what do you with Weber, he has played so well the past 2 games, Spacek has been really good lately he can’t sit him, so I’m guessing maybe Picard, and go with

    Gill-Gorges
    Hamrlik-Subban
    Spacek-Weber

  19. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carey Price is pacing to win 45 games if he were to start 70 this season, that would set a team record.

     

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

  20. mrhabby says:

    Can Weber play any better..don’t know. he is steady. Pk is the future of the organization and should be back Tuesday against the sens.

    A patient team that paid alot of attnetion to detail this afternoon. San Jose very dangerous but were shut down in the neutral zone. Habs still get penned in against the bigger teams down deep.

    I really hope PG uses the savings from Markov and goes out and finds another top 6 forward. He has to. Habs still need that 1 other player to get them over the hump.

  21. MTLForever says:

    his was definitely deflected by a glove.

  22. AH says:

    Nice win! I noticed JM took Cammi away from Nomez, then he scores… first Gio, now Cammi, poor Nomez is going to get a complex soon LOL!

    Eller, Pouliot, Darche= nice line!

    GO HABS GO!

  23. dre1744 says:

    Can’t believe Price missed the open net aswell.

     

    I think Price will score this year!!!!!!

  24. hotspur says:

    Yah, I think “lack-luster” is spelled wrong

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  25. IS10 says:

    “With the score tied at 1-1 during a lackluster second period, Plekanec
    made the extra effort at the end of a long shit to give the Canadiens
    the lead.”

     

    Well really, don’t we all?

  26. MTLForever says:

    Hahaha too funny.

  27. MTLForever says:

    i wouldn’t put it in the best category, that third was good though. got out skated too much

  28. Fred D says:

    HIO GUYS  READ “KEY MOMENTS” AND EDIT

     

    GOOD FOR A LAUGH ANYWAY!

  29. DavidKB says:

    Possibly the best game the Habs have played this year. The best third period I’ve seen so far this season.

  30. MTLForever says:

    would’ve liked pk’s speed and offensive upside in this game, even the panel believed this also. can’t believe cammy missed that empty net !!

  31. dre1744 says:

    Question is   will this site go down again like it has after the last 2 games????

  32. JohnnyBEast says:

    HUGE DUB

  33. Mattyleg says:

    He shoulda been the 2nd Star.

    But he didn’t score a goal, so he doesn’t get a star.

    Not. Good. Enough.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  34. Mattyleg says:

    I guess Plecky felt significantly lighter and able to give more. This is what is written above:

    “Plekanec made the extra effort at the end of a long shit to give the Canadiens the lead.”

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. rocketsglare says:

    Question now is, can the Habs hold the lead and pick up 2 pts.? Gut check time for the boys.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  36. tricolore says:

    We all know the assets that PK brings to the Habs. You have to accept that during his progress he will make mistakes. I appreciate the scratch last game to have him reflect and regain his ‘ways’. A 2nd game is just stupidity from his coach, especially vs a team like San Jose with the speed, talent, and physical play. Coach Floppy Ears will pay dearly for this mistake. I believe this will contribute significantly to PK’s confidence. The Canadiens cannot afford to have a player of his talent missing for more than 1 game at at time. 

     

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  37. Everlasting1 says:

    The early start is rougher on a West team..it’s like a morning game to them.

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  38. tricolore says:

    Floppy Ears is going to manage to screw up this kid’s confidence. This 2nd game scratch was unnecessary. 

    Lafleur, coming out rather gingerly on the right side.

  39. Everlasting1 says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Sports/CBC's_Hockey_Night_in_Canada/Live_Streams/1335281080/ID=1574561554

     

     

    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  40. canadiens26 says:

    Wow, I feel bad for Cammalleri. Having to play with Gomez instead of Pleks/Kostitsyn. No wonder his numbers have lowered.

  41. Bugs says:

    Huh. That kid Poolio ain’t bad.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

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  42. Lazarus_taxa says:

    Does anyone have a link to an online stream?

  43. samTHEman says:

    Subban might go if Gorges isn’t ready. What’s been up with Gorges? I knew he missed a few practices.  Is he sick/injured? If he is, the team has done a good job keeping it on the down low. Usually the media is quick to report on this type of news.

  44. otter649 says:

    If you are in Canada – you can watch the game on line @ cbc.ca……

  45. adam76 says:

    I love afternoon games, allows my little one to watch. 

  46. light_n_tasty says:

    Just some clarification on the cap situation.  There has been some misinformation about our cap room.  We only get relief in an amount up to Markov’s cap hit at the time of the injury.  We can’t count the 1.5 mil or so we already had before the injury.  The LTIR relief is only in an amount that an extra Markov would put us over the cap.

  47. habstrinifan says:

    Interesting developments. There is more afoot! But for now the game is most important.

  48. habsfan12345 says:

    anyone else having issues with atdhe right now?

  49. coachdoug says:

    First free weekend for me since the season started…Hope the Habs can start a win streak…Sharks are not as good as last years edition…Go Habs Go!

    “Six more years…God Bless You Turtleneck Man!”

  50. JFriedman says:

    RDS reporting PK wont play today….

     

    FIRE MARTIN!!!

  51. rocketsglare says:

    It doesn’t seem right that the Habs are playing on a Saturday afternoon. What happened to the Saturday night

    tradition of the Canadiens being the featured night game? How I long for the old days.

     

    Go Habs Go!

  52. Bugs says:

    Sorry if posted already. Toronto Sun. Leafs 500mil$ bust

    There’s a comment section below. leaf lovers. No need to log in. Do with this information as you would.

    Tragically misunderstood, please bite

    L.Bugs Potter, esq. Minority Owner of the Habbalicious Bubble-Gum Emporium, Proprietor of the Flanneltop Pop Shop, and Beaming Tenant in Mama’s Basement, i.e., Habsbros Central: http://habsbros.blogspot.com


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