Game 58: Sabres win after 10-round shootout

Canadiens goalie Carey Price blocks a shot by Sabres’ Nathan Gerbe on Tuesday night. Allen McInnis, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Brian Gionta | Brendon Nash | David Desharnais | James Wizniewski | Max Pacioretty | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: The Canadiens blew a two-goal lead on the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night before finally losing 3-2 in a shootout. Jochen Hecht scored in the 10th round of the shootout after both team missed several chances and hit about a halz dozen posts. Max Pacioretty notched his 10th goal of the season 4:54 into the game with the Canadiens on the power play. He collected a Tomas Plekanec pass in front of Sabres rookie goaltender Jhonas Enroth and roofed it over the goaltender’s shoulder. The assist was Plekanec’s 300th career point. Benoit Pouliot made it 2-0 6:28 into the second period after he was on the receiving end of a nice pass from David Desharnais.The Sabres got one back before the period was over during a power play of their own. Drew Stafford scored his 24th of the season with 2:12 to play in the period, ending Carey Price’s bid for a second straight shutout. The Sabres tied the game 6:08 into the third period when Jason Pominville redirected a pass beyond Price.

• Key Moments: The Canadiens had a power play to end regulation and beging the overtime, but came up empty.

• What It Means: Montreal’s record falls to 31-20-7 to remain at 69 points, missing out on a chance to pass the Boston Bruins for first place in the Northeast Division, which would have given them third place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens head to Western Canada for games against the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.


  1. ds says:

    Philly is so overrated it isn’t funny.


    Any team with a hot goalie will do them in.  They look good on paper, but they also played a lot of games over the past year with their top player (Pronger) getting old in age.


    Carolina (Cam Ward0, New York Rangers(Lundquist), Buffalo (Miller), Boston (Thomas/Rask), Montreal (Price) all have excellent goaltenders and if they are hot there is no way Philly will beat them 4 out of 7.


    And Vancouver is never coming out fo the west, Luongo is the most overrated player in the NHL.  Last 2 years he’s allowed 6 goals a game against Chicago, he isn’t going to be anything special this year.


    Detroit, Nashville & LA are all better teams than Vancouver.

  2. HABSsince92 says:

    LOL that is funny, I love Star Wars……..I could see him as Cantina Patron / Bounty Hunter.


    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  3. ds says:

    The whole East is pretty much even, there is no dominant team. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.


    Flyers are the best bet to win the East, but they don’t have a good goalie, and their defense is one injury to Pronger away from being atrocious.

    Tampa Bay is completely inconsistent.  They either win big or get blown out.  Wasting 7.7 million on a 2nd line center (Lecavalier) has doomed this team for the next 9 years.

    Boston lost Savard and choked with a 3-0 series lead last year.  They have a good team but are not great.  Their forwards are comparable to MTL, their defense with the exception of Chara are much weaker.

    Pittsburgh won’t have Malkin, leaving Crysby alone. 

    Washington is broken, Boudreau will lose his job.

    NYR will go as far as Lundquist and Gaborik at their absolute best will take them, might last 2 rounds.

    Carolina = Cam Ward + Staal, definitely a sleeper team that can do some damage like MTL last year.


    I think if NJ makes the playoffs they are going to take it all, they have everything necessary.


    Obviously in a 7 game series MTL can beat any of these teams or lose to them, going to take a hot team to win the East but everyone is in it.  If MTL gets some of their injured players back and producing (Cammelleri) and some inspired performances (Gomez, Kostitsyn), and the status quo (Gill, Plekanac, Price) they can easily make the finals.  No team out there is that much better.

  4. coachdoug says:

    Gomez for the guy who shoots the canon…we can have one installed at the Bell Center…if a Bruins game gets out of hand we can adjust fire…

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Anyone else kinda excited to see Nash in action? Obviously its still preferable that Spacek can go but Nash holds a lot of promise.

  6. Bugs says:

    Krob-1000, party-poopin droid scheduled for disassembly.

  7. Bugs says:

    Oooo, I like that one!

  8. savethepuck says:

    I stated earlier that the last time Miller rested, the Sabres brought up Enroth for the start. The organization has no faith in Lalime because of the way he played earlier in the season.  They keep Enroth in the minors to get starts and to develop.

  9. savethepuck says:

    The Habs only have him signed til this summer, so if he is ready, healthy and in game shape, why would they stop him from playing late in the playodffs if they were confident he could help the team win.  The Habs are at no risk if he gets hurt again, Markov is.

  10. Say Ash says:

    To Darth Rask.

  11. Morenz7 says:

    Vladimir Zharkov is turncoat battle group commander, and evil genius.

  12. Bugs says:

    Saku Koivu – Sith apprentice.

  13. savethepuck says:

    That was very uncharacteristic of the Laff organization to make a stupid mistake like that.

  14. HNS says:

    PK’s criticism stems from jealousy and prejudice. Treat it like TP. Wipe your butt with it and move on.

  15. Mattyleg says:

    Any word on Max? Arm? Wrist? He okay?

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  16. JD_ says:

    * Jhonas Enroth, six NHL games under the belt, runnin’ at 2.90 and .897 this season. Shoot the puck! Gotta feel Lindy Ruff’s pain. He deserves better than what he’s got, although havin’ a guy like Miller is a good thing. Havin’ said all that, I’ll probably stop feelin’ sorry for Ruffy by about midpoint in the first period when that vein in his forehead ruptures all over some hapless ref’s face.

    * You know, I like to make fun of Burkie because (a) He’s the Loafs GM; (b) He’s a blowhard; and (c) He’s the Loafs blowhard GM. No other reason. That is, however, changin’. Way I see it, Burkie trades away a 20-goal scorer in his mid-20s earnin’ sub-$1M, for another 20-goal scorer in his mid-20s earnin’ $3.1M, decides he’s f***** up, so moves the new kid for the 27th and 3,556th overall picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Whazzat? Once you get past, at best, the first dozen picks, first round is just lipstick on a pig. Yeah, but JD, Jesus Christ was a 7th rounder. Please. Can preordained st00pidity like the Kessel deal really be called a fiasco? What about the rest of it? Does the Gardiner deal make everythin’ ok? Really? I’m startin’ to believe my own spewage: Burkie really does suk.

    * The Versteeg Vexation goes to the heart of one of those NHL myths that persists to this day: If you’re on the roster of a team that wins the Stanley Cup, you’re worth more than your ostensible equivalent in the league. I don’t know, but I thought Antti Niemi’s unceremonious tossage by the wayside kinda put an end to that one, cap constraints notwithstandin’. For some players, the trip to the Cup makes a palpable difference – ref: Mark Messier – for others it is tantamount to bein’ the one-millionth customer at the local Wal*Mart. It’s not really a big deal, not whatsoever, but Versty’s post-trade comments and visceral expression of relief – I swear I heard him say Hallelujah! – did not speak well to his poise nor leadership qualities.

    * Caught Kerry Fraser on OTR last night. He might be vain, but he’s a good shit. Said the biggest pain he ever had to deal with was Blues great Bernie Federko. Although BF whined almost as vigorously as Gretzky, I never woulda thunk it. Also caught Lupul’s post-game comments regardin’ PK. Good stuff. But, really, other than Joffy’s momma, who cares?

    * Drew Stafford has gone six for six shots. Holy cow. Ridiculous. And disrespectful if the followin’ and egregiously edited quote means anythin’, “Some of my shots…call them that…I was just kind…They were exactly shots…It’s a pretty good stat…That’s pretty cool. You don’t see that too often…I can keep it going…my best.” Not since the likes of PK Subban have I seen such arrogant tripe bein’ mouthed off. No worries, Staffy will get what’s comin’ to him cuz nobody’s gonna give him the benefit of the doubt, y’all. He’s got a lot to learn…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  17. matraque says:

    About time…


    Canadien en 5!

    Never go Full Retard

  18. savethepuck says:

    Can anybody tell me what is wrong with Spac? I can’t find anything on any injury reports.

  19. Bugs says:

    Lars Eller out?

    (mumblin) …’bout bloody time…

  20. HabFanSince72 says:

    * Jhonas Enroth, … is it just me or are teams deliberately playing their 3rd stringers against our popgun offence?

    * Burke … it would be funnier if he wasn’t helping the Bruins and Phillies so much.


  21. HabFanSince72 says:

    He’s a 37 year old in the body of a 47 year old?


  22. Gormdog says:

    Send him to Cincinnati!

  23. Fansincebirth says:

    still suffering from face rearrangitis

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  24. matraque says:

    DD is killing it currently.  I’m sure he’ll have another big game tonight.


    Canadien en 5! Never go Full Retard

  25. HABSsince92 says:

    MaxPac is fine they took him out against the Leafs for precautionary reasons (up 3-0 in garbage time why risk a serious injury). Anyways he practiced fully yesterday in Brossard and is good to go.


    Been a Habs fan since I was in 2nd grade and sat behind Patrick Roy at the Aud.

  26. JF says:

    Is it Patrick Lalime or Jhonas Enroth tonight?  The Sabres’ website doesn’t even list Lalime on their roster.

  27. RC-51 says:

    Wondering if these call ups are a showcase for a trade or two?

  28. Gormdog says:

    Hey bugs:

    Do you think DD has Marty St Louis potential?

    Could the ceiling be THAT high? Seems to have more than one prerequesite…

  29. ds says:

    I hope Carey Price’s play transitions to the playoffs and we don’t have a repeat of the year where we finished 1st and Umberger eliminated us with weak shots from the corner.  If Price proves he’s money in the playoffs then the Halak controversy is finally dead.


    Secondly, I am impressed by the organization’s depth.  Gill, Georges, Markov all out and the team throws a shut out of the Leafs on a Saturday.  Impressive.  Would have been impossible last year.


    Thirdly, MTL took out the top seeded team (Washington) and broke their spirit with the playoff series win last year.  Pittsburgh the defending champions came in red hot and got shut down even after Markov went down with injury.  Once the playoffs start, anything can happen.  TBL are not a playoff team.  Boston still choked big time last year.  Philly has no goalie.  Anyone can win the cup this year.

  30. Hellfire_Habsfan says:

    lol…. its wheeling now…. who have like 3 of our prospects

  31. Kooch7800 says:

    No idea.  Maybe he had too many Big Mac’s last night

  32. Gormdog says:

    Didn’t mean send him there to play hockey… 😉

  33. JD_ says:

    The Winter’s Fail

  34. habaddict_andy says:

    Injuries and the need for size?

  35. habs001 says:

    we just dont have the depth to go 4 rounds…after 2 rounds last year the team had nothing left..

  36. shiram says:

    Pretty sure it is Enroth.

  37. savethepuck says:

    We are fighting for home ice advantage in the playoffs. These callups are due to mounting injuries not the management trying something out

  38. blu3chip says:

    I bet you also said there is no way Habs can beat Caps and Pens in the playoffs last year.

    Caps in 4

    Pens in 5

    Habs can’t get past 3 rounds

    What else?

  39. KenD29 says:

    Who did?!


    Tonight we skate with them, Tonight is our night!

  40. savethepuck says:

    He is not their third stringer. Lalime sits when Miller plays so Enroth can get starts in the minors because he is young and they want him to develop. When Miller gets a rest, they call up Enroth for the start, they did it earlier in the season.  They have no faith in Lalime based on earlier starts this season

  41. habaddict_andy says:

    His pointe exactement!

  42. Wayne says:

    It’s possible DD could put up similar numbers when he’s ripe. But his stating the age variable, the age of 27, is not a realistic factor. It’s simply a number attributed to Gio and Marty when they blossomed. What we don’t know yet, and what might set DD apart from Gio and Marty is that the latter played with a healthy chips on their shoulders because they felt they had more to prove, and that made them winners.

  43. savethepuck says:

    The least of my fears are how Carey plays in the playoffs, he will do great.

    We definitely have a good farm system, all call ups have lived up to or surpassed expectations.

    Agreed, we definitely have a chance, our defensive style and goaltending keeps us in games.


  44. Wayne says:

    I forgot about Halak 10 games in… never mind holding my judgement for the playoffs. IMHO, Price is gold and believe it or not, is capable of stealing a cup like Roy and Dryden. Which year? Hell, I don’t know but all signs point to it.


    Last years storybook playoff run was great and the Habs played well and deserved their success. You can bet that this year, teams (and coaches) took notice of last years Hab run and they’ll be doing everything they can to defuse any and all momentum the Habs generate. Pit and Wash didn’t take them seriously in the playoffs last year and it was too late when they did.

  45. Mattyleg says:

    Ahhh. Cheerz.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  46. says:

    They drew the backup?

    For the love of God Shoot, I don’t care if its from the red line, put the puck on net!!!!



    They Call Me Shane

  47. krob1000 says:

    If Zherdev ends up on waivers would you want him?

  48. krob1000 says:

    Swede! I mean sweet! just caught that on  checking for my pool

  49. Bugs says:

    Well, you tell me, did Marty St-Louie have this good a start when he first came in?

    Do you see Dezzy slowing down at some/point?

    To put it in perspective: I see the Pac-Man slowin down at some point, but not Dezzy.

    That’s just my opinion, mind.

  50. Admiral_Adama says:

    Prolly been asked a dozen times or so, but I’ll try it myself… What are the chances Gorges and Markov come back for playoff time? I notice when Malkin went down, it wasn;t for the season, but until SEPTEMBER. Nothing like that reported about our two D-Men.  It’d be one hell of a boost knowing that there is a good chance they could come back.

  51. observer says:

    lalime is not playing

  52. SeriousFan09 says:

    Down Goes Brown gives a history of violence in hockey games

    Personal favourite:

    April 20, 1984 – The Canadiens and Nordiques combine for over 250 penalty minutes and 10 ejections in a game that comes to be known as “la bataille du Vendredi saint” or, in English, “pretty standard for a game between Quebec and Montreal”.


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

  53. observer says:

    lalime not starting. swedish rookie called up.

  54. krob1000 says:

    meh…they play a French Canadian….he’ll play the Habs better than Miller….it never fails when the Habs play a French Canadian goalie

  55. Wayne says:

    Lalime. Uh, let’s see. Quebec born goalie against the Habs. Has this been done before? I mean, what are the Sabres thinking. It’s not like other PQ goalies get up for these games, right? OK, I’ll shut now.


    Your welcome…

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