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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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Mike Cammalleri | P.K. Subban | Carey Price | Max Pacioretty

• 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.
• Key Moments: In the second period, Michael Cammalleri got into the first fight of his NHL career with Bruins’ David Krejci.

• 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.

• 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.


  1. Brassmonkey says:

    Only RDS in my house…I can’t stand CBC for their commentators, except for Don Cherry, he is always good for a laugh. Montreal is the only (imo) eastern Canadian team with a contention for the east confernce championship.

  2. dh says:

    Night before Pronger was doing pushups on Darche’s back and it wasn’t called.  It’s the new Mike Milbury NHL.  No wimps allowed.

  3. J Haul says:

    Stubbs doesn’t like you imo.

  4. Duracell3 says:

    The NESN play-byplay announcer is maybe the most ridiculous I’ve ever heard in organized sports. At least once a period he makes completely random comments that don’t relate in any way to the game about how one team or player needs to “get tougher” regardless or the circumstances of reality.

  5. Dennis says:

    Psycho29 – Here’s my post from awhile back about the Bobby Rousseau penalty shot.

  6. Dryden says:

    Same here. I’m loving RDS these days.

    RDS – Win!  CBC – FAIL!

  7. J Haul says:

    Yeah man. At least MacLean got that little dig in. Unfortunately, that’s not enough for me. They need to be pulled off that network, especially during Habs broadcasts. No other fans have to put up with this much blatant bias and ignorance during a broadcast.

    Do Canadiens fans not pay the same tax dollars as everyone else? They should be able to enjoy a game broadcasted on a public broadcaster without being enfuriated with the “personalities”.

  8. samTHEman says:

    Maybe Mr. Pressbox has some advice for him. Nah, I’m not a fan of that strategy but he definately needs to stop making those passes ala Komi2Cami T2T

  9. canadiens26 says:

    I am at the school library studying and unfortunately cannot get a feed from RDS, only NESN. I haven’t watched a game on CBC in 2 years. I cannot stand their biased comments every single game they air.

    My NESN comments were genuine, but I guess I can’t expected much from an american channel broadcasting a game vs. a canadian team.

  10. RMc says:

    I liked when MacLean made a comment about stock and milburry being boston alum…and then stock says time to suck up to montreal and millburry says speak for him self…not hiding his bias one bit…love to see him pull that on NBC during a Philly/Rangers/Det/Pitts broadcast vs. Boston…CBC probably promotes habs bashing and gives a bonus if you can squeeze in an unrelated Leafs reference

  11. Habs_Fan_1 says:

    Hehe, I tend to do the same when the English broadcast is on TSN. My wife is always on my case to turn it to RDS when I get upset, even though she can’t understand a word of it.

  12. RMc says:

    0 mention of habs outplaying Boston for 2 periods and Thomas playing very well to keep it close…just about how montreal is difficult to play against.  

  13. slapshot777 says:

    That’s because Maclean actually agrees, but smartly keeps it to himself. Maclean is a Leaf at heart so he is not going to give the Habs and credit for anything. Stock is an idiot, who has absolutely no talent don’t know how he ever made the NHL and how he ever got a job as an analyst. Must do a lot of brown nosing and a$$ kissing. Then you have Milbury, he doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain. No matter what the topic, Milbury will always go the opposite. His reasons are asinine, no common sense, he is a long life Bruin, so no turning on them. he always got beat to a snot when playing the Habs and he ever got over it. His answer for everything is a fight. He is a dinosaur.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  14. J Haul says:

    hah.. I suppose anything is possible.

    I can’t believe the CBC condones their behaviour though. Something has got to be said at some point.

  15. J Haul says:

    Let’s be fair here man. The last two games that line has looked great. Generating chances almost every time it hits the ice. Gomez is just as much an equal part of that line as Max and Gionta.

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    Maybe it’s a term of endearment and just translated poorly (like “chou”/cabbage) is a term of affection… or maybe not…



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