Game 49: Ryan saves Ducks in Koivu’s return

Ducks centre Saku Koivu made his return to the Bell Centre on Saturday night for the first time since 2009. Koivu played 13 seasons with the Canadiens and was captain for nine seasons. Pierre Obendrauf, The Gazette

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• At a Glance: The Canadiens erased a late two-goal lead for the second time in a month, but unlike the game against the Boston Bruins, the Canadiens lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, marking the return of former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu to Montreal. Bobby Ryan scored the winner, while the Canadiens failed to score on any of their three shots. Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler opened the scoring with a power-play goal 15:07 into the first period. His shot from the point deflected off a Canadiens defenceman in front of Carey Price. The Canadiens got a power-play goal of their own in the second period to tie the game 1-1 with Koivu in the penalty box. Max Pacioretty found an opening between Jonas Hiller’s legs and slid one home from close range 7:55 into the second period. But the Ducks scored twice in the period’s final four minutes to grab a 3-1 lead. Bobby Ryan was credited with a goal off a goalmouth scramble at the 16:26 mark. Then the Ducks got their second power-play goal of the game when Corey Perry scored his 25th goal of the season with 17 seconds left in the period. Koivu earned an assist on Perry’s goal. Mathieu Darche deflected a Yannick Weber point shot with 3:40 to play in the third period to narrow the gap to 3-2. Pacioretty scored his second of the game with 13 seconds to play while the Canadiens were on a power play, with Koivu in the box yet again and Price on the bench for a two-man advantage. Hiller made 37 saves for his 24th win of the season, tying Price for the league lead. Named the second star of the game, Koivu received a nice ovation from the fans left in the Bell centre.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens scored two power-play goals with former captain Koivu watching from the penalty box.

• What It Means: Montreal’s record falls to 27-17-5 for 59 points, dropping two behind the Boston Bruins for top spot in the Northeast Division. The Canadiens are tied on points with the New York Rangers, but sit in sixth place because they hold a game in hand. The Canadiens earned six of a possible eight points this week while playing two sets of back-to-back games.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens play the Philadelphia 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. Ian Cobb says:

    I will be very disappointed if we do not get the tribute to Koivu on the CBC tonight.

    But the fools that call themselves the MECA of hockey in Toronto, have not got a clue what this game and players are all about.

    The D. Cherry coat tail rider included.

  2. Storm Man says:

    Hmmmm… How much do you think a NFL team goes for in todays market? and a new state of the art stadium? try 1 billion for each. Sure having some of the stadium cost done by financing by personal seat licences works, But who is going to roll the dice by banking on doing the stadium and then the NFL says no we will put a team in LA first;) Mayor Rob Ford is football-crazed and evens coachs high school football but he will have to be one hell of a salesmen to tell someone here put up say 700 mil of your money for the stadium and we will hope the NFL comes knocking.


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  3. Ian Cobb says:

    I feel your excitement Julie! Your a great fan!!  Enjoy the experience tonight girl.!

  4. Duracell3 says:

    He didn’t turn his back on $6 million a year, SKA released him.

  5. Duracell3 says:

    I know we talked about it before, a lot of people said there wouldn’t be as they remembered no other player having one. But TSN confirms there will be a video tribute at the game.

  6. mrhabby says:

    laffs/sens need some help i hear.

  7. HabFanSince72 says:

    I only saw the 1st half of the game but White looked awful.

  8. HabFanSince72 says:

    Not sure what his next option will be.

    Stay in Russia and make an ungodly amount of money?


  9. fbkj says:

    they got the money, hope they get a team

  10. Julie H says:

    I’m heading to the game right now. Cannot wait to start yelling Saku Saku with everyone else :)


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  11. Say Ash says:

    We don’t need another centre.

  12. missy44 says:

    Cherry is the worst! He is a bigot! he only likes English Canadian Hky players! Saku is from Finland!

    He does it by purpose to mis-spell or pronounce a Players name that is not from ONTARIO.THE SALT OF HE EARTH-For Canada,in HIS MIND!

    I dont know HOW and WHY CBC puts up with it.! I prefer RDS,They actually analize the game,call a spade a spade,and will complimet the other team.







  13. TomNickle says:

    The post had its desired effect.

  14. TomNickle says:

    They don’t have the stadium yet.  But that’s all.

  15. fbkj says:

    explain: not getting what your saying? plans for new stadium where? toronto? here?

  16. fbkj says:

    “Darche’s brother played in the NFL” the only thing this says is that the darche’s have good genetics

  17. mrhabby says:

    you only need about 20k fans to break even for a CFL game and thats what usually the argos draw. bottom line is the economics and so many factors are against NFL expansion into canada ..the money required is crazy its way to complicated not to mention the politics in both countries.

  18. fbkj says:

    cool an NFL team at molson stadium

  19. habs365 says:

    weiss is a 20 goal scorer at best..could be a 2nd or 3rd liner if it’s true I wouldn’t sell the farm for him.

  20. fbkj says:

    toronto makes complete sense, they have the money, the population, the stadium… the only thing they dont have is viable tail gating space around the stadium though…

  21. Willy the bum says:

    Oh man, I’m gonna cry for this. :)

  22. fbkj says:

    that was me and i couldnt be happier to have been wrong

  23. fbkj says:

    baseball also died here because of the need for a new ballpark and um… fan disenfranchisement… after the post lockout purge and being dicked around by loria and selig, fans here were done…

  24. Storm Man says:

    Cough…. Wow Tom this must be some kind of joke I hope. You think the NFL would work in Montreal and not Toronto???. Where would the team play in Boone’s back yard? C’mon man this was a silly post by you. 


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  25. fbkj says:

    where would an NFL team play in montreal? wed need a new stadium… we just finished paying for the old one (and no the big O is not an option for any team to have success in this city)

  26. mrhabby says:

    not so sure about that one…TO has alot more money than Montreal and the golden horseshoe has 6m people to draw from. its a crazy issue silly issue anyway…never happen regardless of the city.

  27. TPlow says:

    Man, I wish Saku was still on the team. Dang it, the man’s a Hab. Period. Easily my favourite player of the past 15 years.

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