Game 32: Canadiens solve Thomas, snap skid

Canadiens’ Michael Cammalleri scores against Bruins goalie Tim Thomas on a penalty shot during the first period Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

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โ€ข At a Glance: The Canadiens enjoyed two-goal leads on three separate occassion over the Bruins on Thursday night, but Boston never quit and fought valiently until the end, but the Canadiens held on for a 4-3 win.
Michael Cammalleri scored the game’s first goal 1:04 in on a penalty shot awarded after Bruins’ Zdeno Chara hooked Cammalleri while on a breakaway. Cammalleri deked Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and lifted the puck over his outstretched leg for a 1-0 lead.
Maxim Lapierre made it 2-0 five minutes later when he popped a rebound beyond Thomas moments after a faceoff win in the Bruins zone.
Blake Wheeler narrowed the gap to 2-1 with about four minutes to play in the period when he fired a shot from a sharp angle that Carey Price got a piece of, but the puck rolled over his pad and trickled over the goal line.
Max Pacioretty, playing in his second game of the season for the Canadiens, made it 3-1 with 30 seconds to play when his backhand shot from behind the goal line went off Bruins defenceman Andre Ference and slid beyond Thomas.
In the second period, Marc Savard pulled the Bruins to within a goal when he scored 6:54 into the period. It was his first goal of the season after missing time because of post-concussion symptoms.
Canadiens captain Brian Gionta re-established the two-goal lead with about three minutes to play when he appeared to redirect a shot by Pacioretty, although replays showed the puck went in off a Bruins defenceman.
Milan Lucic brought the Bruins back to within a goal during a power play when he deflected a Patrice Bergeron shot from the point over Price’s shoulder with about five minutes to play.
 
โ€ข Key Moments: In the second period, Michael Cammalleri got into the first fight of his NHL career with Bruins’ David Krejci.

โ€ข What It Means:
Montreal snaps a three-game losing streak, its longest of the season and improves to 19-11-2, opening a four-point lead over the Bruins for top spot in the Northeast Division.

โ€ข What’s Next: The Canadiens embark on a seven-game road trip that starts Sunday night in Colorado and then has stops in Dallas and Carolina before Christmas, then the team hits the road again for games against the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers on New Year’s Eve.

150 Comments

  1. J Haul says:

    Yeah, he’s been awful at softly tossing it up the middle lately. This has got to change. I sure hope someone mentions it to him.

  2. LA Loyalist says:

    Yeah, that blind pass to no one was impressive – at least it was in the offensive zone. (just before the Darche penalty) But hey, for Gomez that’s progress, at least he was IN the offensive zone ๐Ÿ™‚ he is playing harder, I’ll give him that.

  3. J Haul says:

    Yeah, NESN is always super one-sided. The ridiculous thing is that I think CBC has one-upped them tonight.

  4. J Haul says:

    well at the latest intermission they called the habs  “annoying cockroaches”… this after their 1st intermission tirade about how the habs should have to “answer” to the bruins goons for clean hits.

  5. samTHEman says:

    Million dollar question:

     

    Why does Spacek always pass through the middle? He does it every damn time and 2-3 times tonight. CLEAR IT OFF THE SIDES FOR GOD’S SAKES….everytime it gets intercepted and you’re like…when will he learn? So much for “experience”. Him and Hamrlik look pretty tired out there and I don’t blame them. Back-to-back games against tough teams, age, playing too many minutes…

  6. 1010 says:

    I’d like to know why my comments were deleted?

  7. Laramy87 says:

    now ive only been playing hockey for 19 year, but explain Darches penalty for me. Boychuk plays the puck then gets hit, thats clean. If that was inerference then how was Lucic hit on Spacek not a penalty. Just a BADDDDD call. Then captain aweseom Glen Healy says blatant interference, what does he know, he was a career backup on non playoff teams lol

  8. RMc says:

    not sure if you’re being sarcastic…but the commentary is the same on CBC.  I’ve switched to RDS, and I don’t understand french at all

  9. Top Corner says:

    Gomez was money on that play….. WHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    A fun Christmas link:

    nhl.fanhouse.com/2010/12/16/calgary-hitmen-succeed-with-annual-teddy-bear-toss/

    and check out the Hitmen Christmas jerseys (sold out, I believe, for charity)- they are fantastic.

  11. canadiens26 says:

    Hahaha, I cannot believe what I am hearing from the idiots on NESN. Apparently Cammy lost “a one sided fight” and “Timmy” Thomas is a proven better goalie then Price.

  12. Psycho29 says:

    I didn’t know this was a CBC game…

    What did those clowns say this time??

    Stock was on L’Antichambre after the Flyer game last night, with that big stupid grin on his face…

  13. RMc says:

    or why PK continues to play with Picard? they both have giveaway problems…need to play with steadier partners

  14. RMc says:

    Mike Milburry @ intermission: Cammi is a wimp because is a midget that fights with a visor, refs should have kicked him out, boston is getting screwed, Bruins are the best!!!!

  15. AH says:

    Can anyone tell me why Spacek is playing and Weber isn’t??? The guy is brutal, he should be a healthy scratch!

  16. lavie says:

    Come on Cammi, you don’t need to do it! but you did it nicely! hat off!

  17. habbyone says:

    Stock and Milbuy should be ashamed of themselves. What a bunch of A-HOLES

  18. J Haul says:

    I use adblockplus, also in firefox. I’ve never seen any ads on this site.

  19. RMc says:

    CBC is a joke of a network, I wish they’d just admit they’re the leafs network and hate MTL and be upfront rather than have the facade of being neutral….you’d never see a waste like Stock on the leaf loving TSN, they have a little bit of professionalism at least

  20. AH says:

    I can’t believe the CBC doesn’t frickin rein in these obvious biased asses like Milbury and Stock, unbelievable! That hit gave me shivers down my spine, why?, because it’s been a LONG TIME since we had a Hab willing and able to DESTROY with the body, and PK and his skating ability makes that possible. AWESOME!, yes he’s going to make mistakes, but I say TURN HIM LOOSE!!!

    GO HABS GO!!

  21. RMc says:

    so true…at least NESN might mention that the score is 3-1 and the shots were 17-9 in favour of MTL…not talking about how the habs won’t fight their goons for no reason and how the refs have screwed them

  22. J Haul says:

    Totally. I was actually quite disappointed that MacLean didn’t step in. Those two should never be allowed on a habs game again, especially on a publicly finded broadcaster. The bias is thick and palpable.

    Every one of us pays to have those idiots try and ruin the game we’re watching.

  23. RMc says:

    too bad MacLean hates Montreal also…like the rest of the network.  

    Habs=thursday night game with NESN doing the intermission basically

    Leaf=Saturday night game talking about how they’re the greatest franchise ever

     

    All paid and funded by the entire country.  

  24. J Haul says:

    I hear you man. I loved these Bruins boosters both trying to justify that they “aren’t taking sides”. How transparent can a couple of guys be? Seriously be better off watching this one on NESN, might actually get a little more fair commentary… and that’s saying a lot.

  25. RMc says:

    The CANADIAN taxpayer funded disgrace of a network CBC is incredible when the franco habs are beating the american bruins…what a complete joke.  All they needed was “grapes” in there complaining how russian/euro/french our squad was.  

  26. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. They overlook Thornton dropping his gloves at the start of the 1st period and not getting called, but then point out the “missed” calls that favoured Montreal. What would have been nice is MacLean being a voice of reason.

  27. J Haul says:

    Stock and Milbury… what a couple of meatheads.

    I love that these morons think a guy should have to “stand up” for a clean hit. Score some more boys, I love seeing these asshats squim and whine.

  28. Dryden says:

    Man oh man, if I had a wet trout with a brick in it I’d smack that little douche pj stock upside the head.

  29. MTLForever says:

    wtf Dick_hancock: Cammalleri Half Italian-Jew ( IF you call it a nationality)

  30. MTLForever says:

    Canadiansarepussiesname 10 things that make canada usefull

     

    Habs_blow_camel_cockevery canadian hugs toilet after a six pack of american beer

     

    Canadiansarepussiesand you speak french

     

    Canadiansarepussiesand you have 1 legitimate sport

     

    Canadiansarepussiesif i lived in canada i would probably kill myself

     

    Leaffan91Sidney Crosby/ Steven Stamkos/ Roberto Luongo/ Carey Price/ Jarome Iginla/ Mike Richards/ Jeff Carter/ Simon Gagne/ Martin St.Louis … +10 more reason Canada is better then America!

  31. MTLForever says:

    Wow i am watching the game online while i study and i see this on the side for the feed

     

    Habs_blow_camel_cockif the ice ever melted PK subban would instantly drown like the dumb *** nighair he is

     

    and other comments about him and canadians (these people are all pro-american)

  32. VancouverHab says:

    1.] B+
    2.] PK
    3.] The ‘we need a player to do what AK isn’t doing’ part of the game.
    4.] No.
    5.] A little bad run.

  33. VancouverHab says:

    Just read your bio, Ian. You should write an autobiography — I know I’d buy it.

     

  34. dudurules says:

    PLEASE REFS… DON’T F THIS GAME UP

  35. SmartDog says:

    If he was a dog he’d be Miwan Lickit   ๐Ÿ™‚

    ——-

  36. HabFanSince72 says:

    The flashblock add-on for firefox will take care of that for you.

     

  37. SPATS says:

    Yeah he’s great (even greater once you get 2 beers in him) Rousseau gave him his trophy right after me, he was top scorer

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  38. Psycho29 says:

    He must be a great guy with that name!  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bobby Rousseau! Great player! Scored 5 goals in one game. My dad told me he once scored on a penalty shot with a booming slapshot….not a common thing on a penalty shot in the mid-60s!!!

     

  39. Psycho29 says:

    I would never punch a dog wearing glasses….Unless it was Milan Lucic…..

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. SmartDog says:

    LOL

    yeah he is…. and that banner stinks too!

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  41. StevieRay says:

    Gill ” blast”..from the point ..?? not likely

    blonde… 3rd row…likely !!

  42. StevieRay says:

    Bud Light for this ole Hombre tonite …..Home alone !

     recipe ..play hard..no glaring mistakes ..get on them quickly..

  43. Mattyleg says:

    no, I don’t think you’re that bad…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  44. SPATS says:

    Just read your background – Perry’s my brothers name… , very similar habsperiences. Been a fan since Bobby Rousseau handed me my best goalie trophy in 69… It’s not just you, the banner blows

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  45. Mattyleg says:

    If he keeps losing games the way he is, you might get your wish sooner rather than later.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. Psycho29 says:

    Pain in the %%% !!

    I thought it was just me….

  47. SPATS says:

    ANY BUDDY ELSE HATING THE LOTTO BANNER?

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  48. SPATS says:

    Fear not Ian, the kids are alright. One more call in our favour and one less in theirs and that game last night was ours. You missed a dandy! Gio brought the house down with his tying goal. A very memorable night, just didn’t have the happy ending. We’re not beating ourselves every night, just the odd night (like Toranna) We’re getting some unlucky bounces and bad breaks. The type of stuff that builds character (not like we’re lacking character though eh?)

    I’ll raise a glass of whiskey tonite with you.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  49. mike g says:

    Fearless prediction….

    Max Pac will be skating towards the net tonight, and a Beans’ defenseman will trip him, causing him to crash into fat-man Thomas.

    Then, Tim will throw a punch to Max out of frustration of being lit up for 5 goals, and a nice big brawl will start.

    Hal Gill will grab Lucic, pin him to the glass and shove him down.

    The crowd will go crazy.

    PK will shine a huge smile, and start trash talking with Thomas…..

     

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  50. Bugs says:

    Ummm…that’s sounds ok…I guess.

    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

  51. SPATS says:

    I stand corrected, however, PK had an impressive solo rush during a line change where he moved the puck with exceptional speed and skill (not sure, cuz I was at the other end of the ice, but it looked like he dangled it and moved it though his skates there too) The place went nuts and we started chanting PK, PK, (not the only time) so I’ll use that to offset his extra blunder… He also head hunted Carcillo from the opening bell which really got us out of our seats. I just wish he hadn’t turned it over (to Richards of all people) for the Giroux hilite reel goal that put the nail in our coffin. That’s the one blunder I can’t forget.

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  52. Bugs says:

    It’s Poolio, Mr.Ian.

    Way I see it, Poolio is like Megatron what hasn’t been zapped by the All Spark yet. He’s big, dangerous-lookin, and more technologically-advanced than the rest of his brethren NOW, but when he gets zapped by that All Spark, boy, zowie, watch the hell out, knowumsayin?

    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

  53. shiram says:

    Makes for great Tv doesn’t he?
    I’d like to have him on a panel discussion with Don Cherry.

  54. SPATS says:

    No apologies necessary SD, There’s no way they could’ve lived up to the last game I attended in 93, At that one, Gretzky watched as Carbo hoisted the cup! Last night’s game was a great team effort and I’m sure the boys are feeling elite… coulda gone either way. I invited Ian Cobb along (I had an extra ticket) but he’s on the mend from kidney stones… too bad, he would’ve been the talisman we needed to reverse the mojo

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  55. Guy-Guy-Guy says:

    PK had one goal, one assist, and finished -2

     

    That means he was on the ice for 4 of Philly’s 5 goals.

  56. Bugs says:

    Shout-out to Boudreau who’s gettin ranked out to the dogs’n’back for losin the game after his supposed “motivational” speech.

    Bruce, baby? It was a great friggin speech. Stumbled a bit at the “after they score a goal” part but all in all? Great friggin speech, man. I mean that. Hard-hitting, to the point, passionate, perfectly vulgar, 90 seconds, in and out, boom. THAT’S a sporting speech.

    Kudos.

    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

  57. lBUSYl says:

    answers:

    1. Give MaxPac a letter grade for his 2010-2011 debut. [BUSY] B

    2. Who made more mistakes last night, PK, Spacek, or Stanley? [BUSY] Not Sure.

    3. Aside from blunders, name the one part of our game that needs to change/improve to beat a team like Phili in a series. [BUSY] SPEED! Pass, connect and fire

    4. If it were up to you would you change the lines at all based on last night’s game?[BUSY] Try again with the same lines. 1 night doesnt prove much.

    5.
    What do the last couple of games show?  That our team is still coming
    together?  That we are not an elite team (good but not elite)? That
    something is missing? Or just that we had some bad bounces/a bad little
    run?[BUSY] Must maintain confidence and play proof of it.

  58. habaddict_andy says:

    1. B+

    2. PK, but Spacek’s mistake was a killer

    3. reduce giveaways

    4. Try AK with Pleks for the whole game, what was his +/- ?

    5. We are still missing top 6 forward.  We need to give Pacioretty more chance and hopefully he will get used to GG line.  But signs are good he will.  Now we need a good defensemen who can eat up minutes and gives others less TOI.

  59. mike g says:

    6-2 Habs… We finally wake up and use our speed, and get 6 powerplays, scoring on 3 of them. Pouliot, cammy, gomez, hamrlik, darche and halpern score. Bergeron and horton score for the Beans.

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  60. Kooch7800 says:

    I 100% agree about trying PK as a forward.  I think he is quick and would be less of a liability if he was a forward

  61. JohnBellyful says:

    Montreal 3 Bruins/Refs 2

    Montreal goals: Gomez (deflection off knee on shot by Hammer pinching in); Gill, blast from the point, top shelf; Gorges (on end-to-end rush midway through the third to break 2-2 tie).

    Check out the blonde in Bruins jersey in third row behind Habs bench, second period. And will that guy down near the front in the opponents’ end quit popping up every time the camera follows the action to that part of the ice.

     

     

     

  62. SmartDog says:

    First game since 93!  Wow!  Sorry the guys didn’t give you the win but at least it was an exciting game.

    ——-

  63. Ian Cobb says:

    NO COMMENT,!

    Just going to sit back (with single malt) and watch to see who is going to step up and pull us out of this skid.

  64. Castor says:

    Anyone else feel that this game will decide whether or not the Habs fight for a playoff spot or stay at the top this year?

  65. Guy-Guy-Guy says:

    1)  MaxPac played a good game and re-energized the Gomez line.  I give him an A…  He’ll need a few games to catch up to the pace of the NHL Level

    2) PK

     

    3)  Too many defensive meltdowns.  Yes,  that was Spacek and PK.  Take away a couple of theses and you have a win.  Can’t have Giroux or Carter alone in front of our net.

    I thought our offense did well,  we outshot that team and put 3 pucks behind their goalie.  Philly is one of the toughest teams to score against.

     

    4)  Try PK up front for a couple of games;  The kid can skate,  he can score,  he can puish their D around.  I think we could reverse Markov him (Didn’t Markov start off up front?)

    5)  Last couple of games prove to me that our team is amongst the best;  we outplayed Detroit (5-on-5), and we outshot Philly.  Both games could have gone either way;  we competed with elite teams and proved to be an apt contender

  66. otter649 says:

    3-1 win for The Habs – With no PP goals since The Refs have not been too generous in giving PP opps to Montreal in recent games……..lol

  67. shiram says:

    Yes Yes i do uh Bus?

  68. SPATS says:

    I was there, first game since 93 (been in BC)

    1) B+ he made some very nice defensive plays, and looked very comfortable out there, but there were a few times when he could have gone to the front of the net and parked it but didn’t

    2) PK but he made up for 2 of them (he had at least 3 errors)

    3) Earning the respect of the officials and less line juggling

    4) AK & Cammy need Pleks, all americans look great, reunite the PHD line, Eller, Moen and Lappy

    5) We are elite, but the youngsters need to be more disciplined. The officials seem to be watching us more than the other team. I truly believe our boys are taking the positives out of the Detroit game and last night and are forgetting about TO. We had some great bounce back shifts after tough goals against, and the 3rd period comeback was magical until the refs decided to interfere in a playoff type game by giving our hard earned momentum back to Philly.

     

     

    OOH AAH – HABS ON THE WARPATH!

  69. Bugs says:

    Have any of Yappy’s goals been anything else but dirty?

    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

  70. Bugs says:

    Ah-ah, tu fais exprรจs pour me pomper, Shira!

    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

  71. shiram says:

    1-0 Spatch scores for the Habs.

  72. canadiens26 says:

    I say we win 3-2 in a close, hard fought battle. Price makes 35 or so saves and Lapierre gets a dirty game winner.

  73. Bugs says:

    Final score tonight. Call it.

    (And please, a little seriousness for once; please take into account that the Beaners aren’t a bunch of peewees, so show some reserve and objectivity in your analysis.)

    I say 9 – 1 Habs.

    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

  74. SmartDog says:

    5 QUESTIONS:

    1. Give MaxPac a letter grade for his 2010-2011 debut.

    2. Who made more mistakes last night, PK, Spacek, or Stanley?

    3. Aside from blunders, name the one part of our game that needs to change/improve to beat a team like Phili in a series.

    4. If it were up to you would you change the lines at all based on last night’s game?

    5. What do the last couple of games show?  That our team is still coming together?  That we are not an elite team (good but not elite)? That something is missing? Or just that we had some bad bounces/a bad little run?

    SD

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