Game 66: Habs beat Bolts, win streak at four

Canadiens captain Brian Gionta arrives to congratulate teammate Hal Gill on the latter’s first-period goal.
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AUDIO : Brian Gionta | Max Pacioretty | Carey Price

At a Glance: The Canadiens extended their win streak to four games Saturday night, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 before a typically buoyant Habs-friendly crowd in south Florida. Sniper Hal Gill, who had gone 99 games without a goal before scoring Thursday in Montreal’s 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers, hit the net for the second straight match to get the Habs on the board at 5:27, his slapper beating Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson. It was just the second time in Gill’s career that he had goals in consecutive games, the first time coming Oct. 21 and 24, 2002 when he was with the Boston Bruins. David Desharnais put the visitors up 2-0 about three minutes later on the power play, but the Lightning got that back 85 seconds into the second with an extra man, Lars Eller off for tripping, when former Canadien Dominic Moore beat Habs goalie Carey Price in a scramble. Max Pacioretty gave the Habs a two-goal edge again, with yet another PP goal, at 14:05. Pacioretty scored his second of the night, his 14th on the season, on a one-timer off a fine feed by Scott Gomez at 1:18 of the third. Vincent Lecavalier banged home Tampa’s second on a Canadiens turnover, generated by Moore, at 14:07.

Keys To The Win: The Canadiens’ successful kill of an 88-second 5-on-3 Lightning power play in the third period and Price’s typically stellar goalkeeping, a 43-save performance.

What It Means: The Habs enjoyed a perfect 3-0 road trip to Atlanta, and Sunrise and Tampa, Fla. Their record stands at 36-23-7 for 79 points. The win has the sixth-place Canadiens seven points ahead of No. 7 New York Rangers in the East and kept them in the hunt for first in the Northeast Division heading
into Tuesday’s Bell Centre game against the division-leading Boston Bruins, who
lost in overtime to Pittsburgh. The Bruins are five points up on the Habs  with a game in hand.

What’s Next: The Canadiens were to fly home immediately after the game. They’ll face the Bruins on Tuesday, for the first time since the gong show of their last meeting in Boston – an 8-6, penalty-filled Habs loss. Then they head back on the road for a game Thursday in St. Louis and Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh.


  1. Kimberly2u says:

    The big bad Booins are losing…luv it

  2. adam76 says:

    Agree – they need to settle the frack down.

  3. dre1744 says:

    Attention  all  Reimer  has  a  weak  high  glove hand  LOL!!!!!!!!    The  stanley  Cup  champs  are bitch slapp’n  the laughs  tonight.

  4. Kimberly2u says:

    Oh my god I can’t believe how many penalties we get..that has to stop

  5. Ian Cobb says:

    Put him on the first plane home and back to Hamilton. Pouliot is good for a penalty every game!!!

  6. Muckbringer says:

    i retired my gill pilon…he is a legend

  7. Kimberly2u says:

    Go Hal Go…lol

  8. J_P says:

    im reverse karma for the habs, when I guarantee a loss, they win lol

  9. A. Berke says:

    I believe Haagen Dazs was a Danish player and not dutch.

    On the other hand, Tim H wore #7 for the leafs.

    Ali B.

  10. samTHEman says:

    1) definately wouldn’t call it a fix. desperation move. i still think pacioretty should play on the top line with cammy and pleks

    2) with desharnais-pouliot or gomez-gionta (if max pac gets put on the 1st)

    3) never say never! lol…he’s a centre and im sure JM has enough hockey iq to get that.

    4) against younger faster teams, Weber. Picard played good last game though, but its florida rofl

    5) definately

  11. SLYDER says:

    the score was 6-5 at the point of the first brawl…and 8 -5 when that assault occured…then patches sniped one with 15 seconds left to make it 8-6

  12. punkster says:



  13. punkster says:

    Without a doubt your most dildonic comment ever.


  14. Landof10000lakesHab says:

    So if the Habs surprise you and win both games, then what?

  15. SmartDog says:

    Read the book “Always Fresh” about the making of Tim’s.  It’s an awesome little business story, and more about Ron Joyce who was the primary driver, but the parts where Tim shows up are really cool.  And you get an insight into a hockey player’s life. Tim, a star on the ice, would help to construct new Tim’s outlets in the summer as his “job”. 

  16. joeybarrie says:

    Is LeCavalier playing or not? Thats what i want to know. If not, and we are able to stifle St. Louis and Stamkos like we did with Crosby-Malkin and Ovie-Backstrom last season we should come home with a sweep of the Snow Bird State.

    I really want to beat them. We played well against them twice this season, and should have won 1 or even both of those games. ESPECIALLY the first one, they were pretty lucky with their ping pong goals.

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

  17. Ayan_SB says:

    “as far as i’m concerned he’s the BEST DAMN GOALIE IN THE LEAGUE!”

    I like Carey Price, I really do. But have you heard of Tim Thomas? He kinda looks like Drew Carey, and he’s trying to pull off a Dominik Hasek impression. And ya know what? He’s doing pretty well so far while imitating the Dominator (amazing stats and all!)

  18. alestar says:

    Not even trying to hide it anymore, eh Tony?


    XXIV…and counting

  19. observer says:

    Tonight it is the defending Stanley Cup’s champs turn to fall to the Leafs as the Leaves continue their charge into the playoffs proving one more time how great a GM Brian Burke is.

  20. Danno says:

    I wouldn’t bet against it


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. Ian Cobb says:


    I’ll take that bet .How much??

  22. notbigbird says:

    I have been in the original Tims in Hamilton. I remember going to the one in Port Credit (Mississauga) in the 60s. Oops. Revealing age.

  23. Propwash says:

    Or, you can keep quiet, and enjoy the ride.

  24. Propwash says:

    Odds are, the Habs will beat the broons.

    Thats ok though, you’re trying to cherrypick negativities towards the Habs, it’s all good. Just proves you’re a fairweather fan, if that.

  25. Omit says:

    You are projecting your own fear of being hurt into the minds of the players. Fortunately, they are a lot braver than you are.

  26. Habnofear says:

    I’d be pleasantly shocked and looking to purchase another pair of 3D ROSE COLOURED glasses…

  27. Ian Cobb says:

    I agree with you, I would have liked to have seen him sit out for a while to mend more solid, rather than play through his pain. But after treatment he feels not to bad but still is hurting. To many players out this year and we did not have the luxury of just leaving him in the press box for a month.

    He is getting treatment again yesterday and today.

  28. CanadienBoy says:

    1977 Dryden got a record 10 shut out ,can Price at 7 do it

  29. W35T5ID3 says:

    now ya jinxed the rest of the season for him…..thanks man…

  30. RGM says:

    Looking forward to a good game tonight – hopefully the boys can elevate their play and show that not only can they beat the also-rans but also knock off the contenders. As the kindly coach noted, this would be our first-round playoffs match right now so a win would be a great confidence booster. I’m still holding out hope for a jump as high as fourth so that they can get some home ice. Pittsburgh is fading but still picking up points since they lose in OT/SO quite a fair amount, and the two games we have against the Caps can help us vault them in the standings.

    Go Habs Go!

  31. Ayan_SB says:

    In case you guys missed it the other night, here’s the Leafs’ Keith Aulie with a TKO over Scott F. Hartnell.

    Also notice Briere crosschecking the kid on the back before the fight.


  32. solomio says:

    Habs penalty kill may be doing very well of late, in fact perfect, but lets face it if the Habs take penalties against this offensively gifted team it will turn into a no contest.

  33. CanadienBoy says:

    Almost got one last game, RDS saying he could be in consideration for the vezina if he keep winning

  34. observer says:

    Tonight maybe half the crowd or more are Habs fans?

  35. W35T5ID3 says:

    —-One thing that has stood out for me with this team is the sheer amount of too many men penalties we’ve had this season…lol…i mean…..Its getting ridiculous.Coaching staff i guess is held responsible?Or the players are just so eager to get out on the ice to help the team…i dunno…but in any case we gotta clear this miscommunication up because a penalty like that in the Playoffs at a bad time could come back to haunt us.


    —-Around the league and all the talk of vezina candidates do you ever really hear Price’s name thrown into the mix???I hardly do and as far as i’m concerned he’s the BEST DAMN GOALIE IN THE LEAGUE!2014 TEAM CANADA #1 GOALIE….will be PRICE.


    —-We really oughta think about signing the wiz because,IMO,where would this team be with out his production from the back end?Sure he has brain farts every so often but the guy has been stellar for us this season and it’ll be curious to see if we can sign him at a fair price for both sides.


    —-Did you know: Amazingly ….(and i didnt know this till today) that Sean Avery has just SURPRISINGLY only 1 career suspension.And it was an off ice incident….ya know the sloppy 2nds remark…..I just found that sorta hard to believe that Avery has never been suspended for some thing he did on the ice…..



    ——————– – – Speaking of suspensions……Trevor Gillies scares me.Just look at him ….hes a lunatic!If colin campbell had thrown the book at him Gillies woulda probably seeked out Campbell and killed the guy….lol….Colin probably feared for his life!LOL….


    —–those are my thoughts….


  36. W35T5ID3 says:

    Do you have a life?Trolling on a habs website and bragging about your team cuz they strung together a few W’s?Truly pathetic.

  37. W35T5ID3 says:

    Wrong pal …why?Cuz we gots the Price and its right and he’s gonna shine again tonight….

  38. G-Man says:

    4-1 hawks.

    And BB ain’t a good GM. He’s a poor, publicity seeking hound who likes head shots.

  39. Omit says:

    I hope the leaf fans don’t go too crazy when their team falls short because Burke may be forced to look for asylum. Perhaps you could refer him to a good place.

  40. N.B.habs fan says:

    March break.There will be a good Habs crowd tonight like have a home game.

  41. habsguy says:

    WRONG!!!!!!,  he was truly pathetic even when the leafs were last,  thats when I stopped looking at hi posts.

    If you guys would simply ignore him he would go away!!!!

  42. SeriousFan09 says:

    If Tim Thomas could handle a beach ball when the Habs played him I’d be impressed. Don’t know why the league has such an issue with a 5’10” goalie who flops around like a fish.


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

  43. W35T5ID3 says:

      I fully concur dude …Thomas very well may even be playing better than carey this season however when you factor in that thomas is 38 yrs old and price is 23 ….well then i’d say price is the eff’in MAN!HE’s so much younger and performing at a high level and the future is limitless ….as for thomas , he’s nearly done as a nhl goalie given his age and all.

  44. joeybarrie says:

    It will truly be a HUGE thing to celebrate if the Leafs actually MAKE the playoffs this season. It’s been so long since Toronto has seen post season hockey, I think Tim Horton’s was a name on the game sheet and not a sponsor….

    I imagine there will be a parade, cause for Toronto making the playoffs is as close as it comes to winning the Cup.

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

  45. DearyLeary says:

    No kidding, just shoot fivehole.  It’s not that hard NHL, a twelve year old could score on Thomas on a regular basis.

  46. joeybarrie says:

    Thomas is 36, and will be 37 end of next month. He will play till he is 43-44 I think.

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

  47. LA Loyalist says:

    I wonder what % of Canadians know that Tim Horton was an actually person and (very good) hockey player and not a brand developed by focus groups and marketing gurus… like that legendary Dutch hockey player, Haagen Das.

    Just wondering…

    So, who wants to meet New Jersey in the playoffs? 🙂

  48. HabsFanInTampa says:

    It’s going to be a tough game for our Habs tonight. The Bolts lost their two last games on the road and come back home to play with their respectable at-home record. The Quebec born players on the Lightning always bring their A+ game, and then some, when playing against their hometown childhood team. The crowd is usually 50% Canadiens faithful, so it should be fun to watch. I’ll be at the game tonight with my brother who’s visiting from Chomedey, Laval. I’d love to see any H I/Oers at the game!

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