Game 48: Canadiens score touchdown on Sens

Canadiens’ Carey Price makes a glove save on Senators’ Bobby Butler during the first period on Friday night. Andre
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• At a Glance: For the second time in three games, the Canadiens jumped out to a commanding lead on an opponent, but this time they never let up and won 7-1 over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night. The Canadiens struck early in each period, with Benoit Pouliot scoring 1:53 into the opening period when he was sent in alone by Mathieu Darche. Tomas Plekanec scored his first of the game 3:45 into the period when he was left alone in the slot and fired a shot past Mike Brodeur. The Senators got one back before the game was 10 minutes old when Chris Kelly tapped a puck into an open net after a nice pass from Chris Campoli. But unlike Monday night againt the Calgary Flames, the Canadiens didn’t let the Senators back into this game, scoring three more times in the second period. Brian Gionta scored his 16th of the season when he accepted a pass from behind the net by Scott Gomez only 1:12 into the second period. Max Pacioretty, who left Tuesday’s game in Buffalo after taking a slapshot to the ribs, scored a power-play goal 5:33 into the period, chasing Brodeur from the net. Brian Elliott didn’t do much better as Plekanec scored his second of the game when he blocked a shot at the Canadiens blue line and went in alone on Elliott 11:27 into the period. Only 2:18 into the third period, Andrei Kostitsyn gathered a rebound and flipped a shot from a bad angle into the top corner over a sprawled Elliott. P.K. Subban scored his fifth of the season with about seven minutes to play with a blistering slapshot from the point during a power play. Carey Price made 33 saves for his league-leading 24th win of the season. It’s the second time this season that the Canadiens have scored seven goals in a game, beating Carolina 7-2 on Nov. 13.

• Key Moments: Up 5-1, the Canadiens killed off a 5-on-3 disadvantage late in the second period and early in the third, thus eliminating any thought the Senators might have had of mounting a comeack.

• What It Means: Montreal improves to 27-17-4 for 58 points, jumping back into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the New York Rangers, who have played one more game. Montreal is also one point behind the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are back in Montreal Saturday night to take on the Anaheim Ducks, marking the return of former captain Saku Koivu. Montreal then plays the Philadelphis Flyers on Tuesday before having nearly a week off during the NHL All-Star break before taking on the Washington Capitals on Feb. 1.


  1. sprague cleghorn says:

    Oh please no…  Fool me once, etc.

  2. fbkj says:

    ive got this short, extacy dealing DJ that lives 2 floors down from me who keeps blocking my indoor parking spot, imagine the dammage DD will do >:(

  3. Rudy says:

    So for the roster to stay at the maximum number, White and Enquist replace Halperna nd Cammallierri right? Once Halpern returns, someone has to go back to Hamilton.

    “Start the season with a clean equipment bag and a freah bucket of febreze!”-CharlieHodgeFan

  4. Bugs says:

    “Should” is never much help in predicting outcomes of hockey games. Something I learned with bitter tears.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    Something witty about Desharnais not making any noise tiptoeing around in his slippers.

    Yeah, loses something in the delay…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. punkster says:

    I love high comedy in the afternoon.


  7. PeterD says:

    God I hope you are wrong…why do we always seem to cling to our aging former players as if they were some sort of God or something…when they leave our team is done with them…time to move on  to new players.

  8. olematelot says:

    pipe dream

  9. JIMVINNY says:

    Please, God, NO!!!!!!!!

  10. fbkj says:

    what was the reply?

  11. Danno says:

    I am expecting to see his Maxim Man of a Thousand Faces® routine.

  12. Danno says:

    Please Mr. Mio. I am nothing without the HIO hyperlink feature. Please do whatever it takes to restore functionality. For god’s sake, stop feeding the hampsters that no-name stuff.  I am begging you…

    *weeps uncontrolably*

  13. Say Ash says:

    Talking in your sleep?

  14. 24 Cups says:

    Test message. Please disregard.

    Go Habs.

    Elvis is stiill the king.

    I love Catherine Zeta-Jones.

    Another Rusty Nail, please.

  15. observer says:

    Sens should be too tired and beat up to scare the Habs tonight.

  16. mike g says:

    Last time Ryan White played in Ottawa, JM forgot to insert him into the lineup card. Let’s hope his name is there this time…


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

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

  17. PeterD says:

    God I hope you are wrong…why do we always seem to cling to our aging former players as if they were some sort of God or something…when they leave our team is done with them…time to move on  to new players.

  18. HabsFanInTampa says:

    With all due respect, I hope you’re wrong.

  19. newbrunswick troy says:

    I really hope the rookies give a big jump tonight…i would love to see a little more upbeat tempo on the ice, not to mention it will also kickstart the old vets that sometime seem to loaf around out there!!

  20. HNS says:

    Kovy will be a Hab again by the end of the trade deadline…

  21. Mattyleg says:

    This site is a trifle effed. This was supposed to be a reply to fbjk (or whatevs) down below.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  22. mike g says:

    Anyone else think Lappy might act like a little clown tomorrow night? I have a feeling if he does, White might challenge him, or Moen, but I doubt Max accepts. And if he does, it would simply be for show and not to try win the fight. Lappy would make it a boring one just wrestling the guy so he doesn’t get killed….


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

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

  23. Hagar says:

    Screw rusty nails. White russians are king. Electric surfboards are pretty good too.

  24. joeybarrie says:

    The question is how much Drambuie with your Scotch???

    There may be other teams, but only ONE Club De Hockey…

  25. Say Ash says:

    I’m really bummed Cammi is out, would have been a doozey

  26. Bugs says:

    5th round pick all it would cost us now. Better him than Enqvist (or whatever). I say what the hell; throw the dice.

  27. Mike MacPhee says:

    No!  Never again! Not ever!

    Only a fool of a GM would even think of trading for that lazy under-achiever.

    Even thinking of the possibility makes me lose sleep.

  28. Mike MacPhee says:

    Better no one than Kovalev.  Better to miss the playoffs with what we have rather than pick up a team-destroyer like him.

  29. Bugs says:

    Second that. I’m a fat nobody WITH the links; without them…heck, can’t even bear the thought.

  30. Bugs says:

    Ridiculous. …better to miss the playoffs… Listen to yourself, mate.

  31. Bugs says:

    Another caucasian, Dude?

  32. ZepFan2 says:

    Ahhh, poor baby. Still doesn’t explain why you’re pissed at Riff Raff?!

  33. ZepFan2 says:

    “i am DONE with short people and riff raff”– Calm down, Kareem. And what’s your beef with the guy from the Rocky Horror show? 😉


  34. Say Ash says:

    Ha! It sounds like a bookie helped out with the learning process.

  35. LA Loyalist says:

    He had short arms and deep pockets. He handed out nickels like they were manhole covers.

  36. ZepFan2 says:

    cranks techno at 5:30 every sunday morning…and he’s still alive??

  37. PeterD says:

    Would love to see White smack the smirk of Laps face…

  38. fbkj says:

    association is taking action, cant wait

  39. shiram says:

    Pg would be quite astute to make Peter Forsberg an offer.

    eh but really, he seems to be practicing with the Avalanches, so i’m guessing thats where he’d sign.

  40. JohnBellyful says:

    Glad to see they got the paragraph spacing glitch fixed.

  41. JohnBellyful says:

    Just heard on the radio that one in four Montrealers take some kind of antidepressant.
    Folks, it’s just a GAME. And the team is playing above .500. Without some key players. With Gomez. So it’s not all bad.
    The news item also said a significant amount of the antidepressants is finding its way into the St. Lawrence River. Look, if you’re going to get meds, at least use them, don’t flush them down the toilet. Tranquilized fish, just what the world needs.
    Hands up, how many HIO-ers use prescription drugs? Before going on here? After?

  42. aemarchand11 says:

    I have tickets to the Habs Leafs game in February section 411 Molson Ex Zone. Nosebleeds, but I hear the atmosphere is unreal up there?

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  43. Hagar says:

    He sold a lot of different drugs. I’m guessing he just advertised the crack because it was short & easy to say. It fits on a sign easily. 

  44. christophor says:

    PG/BG forgot to inform the league of the callup. nothing to do with the lineup; he was on there.

    i remember tsn saying it was going to be a six-digit fine, but it was also the anniversary of BG’s daughter’s passing, so it was overlooked.

    BG was GM at the time.

  45. ZepFan2 says:

    Oh I understand their rage. If I was living there, I’d just call a few “friends” and tell them about this free DJ equipment and where to find it.


  46. HUDSONHAB says:

    He is practising with the Avs on Saturday…..Hab4life….

  47. Bugs says:

    But like Kovy, that player ALSO showed up in the playoffs for us.

  48. newbrunswick troy says:

    I,ve been in that section…loved it…best way to take a game in!!!


  49. Bugs says:

    More like his collectors, Lumpy and Joey the Fork. Very adept…teachers.

  50. aemarchand11 says:

    We’re Road tripping from Halifax, should be a great time. Thanks for the info!

    Go Habs Go! 2010-2011

  51. Hagar says:

    That’s almost as suspicious as the incident I’m talking about. They should follow this dude around for a looong long time, invade his privacy completely (leave absolutely no stone unturned) & lock his ass away for forever & a day if he’s guilty. Or at least meddle in his life & kick the crap out of him with a baseball bat. Forget about selling drugs. We should do this to the 30 people that have used drugs as well. They play their part in it as well.

  52. Mattyleg says:

    Great fun. The Cheerleaders are hot… you’ll enjoy the view from there. And you should be able to see the game too!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  53. HabFanSince72 says:

    Geroge Parros is a complete joke. He is one of the reasons hockey needs to ban fighting. The guy can barely skate, scores less than a point every 10 games (4 in 49 this year), and only ever engages in these idiotic staged fights with other goons, that always end up with him falling over.


    And he’s Don Cherry’s favourite Duck.


  54. HabFanSince72 says:

    Bugs – you are, as usual, right, and the haytazz are, as usual, wrong.



  55. Mattyleg says:

    He’s perfect! He’ll finally provide some muscle to intimidate all the other players in the league from chasing down our players and shooting them like fish in a barrel! He’s amazing! PG would be a fool etc. etc. C’mon all you big talkers! Any takers? This is YOUR idea!!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  56. PeterD says:

    Was just reading a report out of Vancouver that the Cancucks are not able under league rules to re-activate Sami Salo off LTIR when he is ready (and that is supposed to be pretty soon) until they dump enough salary to fit him under the Cap…according to Cap Geek they are now abourt $3.6 M over the cap…that means they may need to move about $3.6M in salary…Canucks are going to be seller even if they don’t want to be.


    Questions…would we take Salo as a experienced D for the drive or hold them up for Bieksa, Edler, or Ehrhoff. All are between $3.1 and $3.7 M and we only pay there reamining salary not the full cap hit.    I think I would try to go aftere Bieksa, Ehrhoff or Edler…all younger and would add to our beaten up D and next years opening due to FA.

  57. Say Ash says:

    Bieksa is having a stellar year

  58. Hagar says:

    Not getting your post Bugs. Is a caucasian a drink? Are you supporting your choice over my own? Please clarify.

  59. JohnBellyful says:

    Site has new policy. Stop. Must keep comments short. Stop. Will stop now. Stop.

  60. punkster says:












  61. smiler2729 says:

    If ya ask me, and most people do, Pierre Gauthier’s trying to acquire the top five picks from that ’05 draft… We have Price, got Pouliot last season and the sights are set on Jack Johnson, Bobby Ryan and some Sidney guy. When’s Crosby a UFA?

  62. punkster says:

    Strange goin’s on in here tonight.


  63. says:

    Go Abs Go


    sniff sniff, can’t lose to these clowns on ice

    Beat the living daylights outta these bums

    Survey SAYS


    They Call Me Shane

  64. Girth says:

    2 games in 2 nights…  2 times in 6 days…

    Hopefully Boomer won’t be too busy tonight.

  65. fbkj says:

    nothing on twitter nor the rds app says so

  66. Bogie Man says:

    Do a google search for Hal Gill (undisclosed, questionable). There are all kinds of articles out there on this you just need to look. I am not one to make up this shit.

  67. A. Berke says:

    Salo?  Not in your life, he’s getting up there in years + he has been injured too may times.

      I’ll take the other 3 as long as they’re at reasonable cost.


  68. Bugs says:

    They WERE impressive. However good Cammy was, he didn’t beat a team BY HIMSELF like Kovy did the Bruins after his slash to the wrist/Souray episode. So if Cammy “showed up”, then let me amend to “Kovy SUPER showed up.” I’m not telling you to stop hating Kovy, Bill. I know how you feel about’m so hate away to your heart’s content and I won’t say nuthin. But don’t fabulate to support that hate, please. He was a frustrating dog who hates the concept of “team” and all he cares about is himself and he hates hockey and he hates kids and he hates to play the game and he sucks and he’s lazy and he’s a cancer and when he plays, everyone gets cholera and dies? Fine. But he showed up when it mattered most, in the playoffs. And that’s it, Bill.

  69. Clay4bc says:

    The only people stupider than people who do crack are people who advocate a policy to make drugs illegal.


    The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions. ~Susan Sontag

  70. Muckbringer says:

    game 7 OT. any hab scores. that man gets his #(and name) retired.  oh and 31 as well.  and i ask myself still… why not #28?

  71. zak says:

    How many draft picks are we going to trade away.This is what calgary has done and they don’t have anyone in their system, no picks coming up, they’re up against the cap. Can’t keep trading away picks. they’re the future of the team

  72. HardHabits says:

    Kirk Muller only won one Cup with the Habs. Forget about Ryan Walter, Rejean Houle or Yvon Lambert either. I doubt it.

  73. terrygain says:

    Beliveau is one of the classiest guys ever to wear the uniform. So he would say nothing. I say: Yvon Lambert was a great player on several Cup winning teams but  retiring numbers should be reserved for  the best of the best.

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