Game 69: Canadiens chase Fleury, blank Pens

Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec scores the game’s first goal on Penguins’ Marc-André Fleury on Saturday afternoon. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

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AUDIO: Mike Cammalleri | Carey Price | Scott Gomez | Travis Moen | Jacques Martin

• At a Glance: A pair of fast goals in the first and second periods were enough to lead the Canadiens to a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Tomas Plekanec scored his 21st of the season only 46 seconds into the game. Off a faceoff, Michael Cammalleri fed a pass to Plekanec, who turned his back to Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury, avoided his pokecheck and lifted a backhand over Fleury’s shoulder. It was more of the same in the second period, with Travis Moen scoring his fourth goal of the season only 24 seconds into the period. He accepted a pass from Brian Gionta and fired a one-timer past Fleury, who was caught going the other way. Jeff Halpern set up Michael Cammalleri’s 16th goal of the season when he waited out a Penguins defenceman and slid a pass to Cammalleri, who beat Fleury from about five feet above the crease. That was the end for Fleury, who was replaced by Brent Johnson after the goal. Carey Price made 26 saves for his 33rd win and eighth shutout of the season.

• What It Means: Montreal has won six of its last seven games and improves to 37-24-7 on the season, good for 83 points and sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens are home to the Capitals on Tuesday and the Lightning on Thursday before hitting the road for a game against the Rangers in New York next Friday.


  1. doogie says:

    March 24th- Habs visit Boston   Fill the Bell Centre and let the hockey world know that we support Max Pac.  Net proceeds to Spinal Cord Research.  21273 would show up.

  2. Hobie Hansen says:

    I like Pouliot on our 3rd line. He just doesn’t seem to click with the guys on our top six for whatever reason?

  3. Danno says:

    Wow what an avatar.

    But I suppose if someone was to “accidentally” skate over Chara’s throat with their skate while making a hockey play (and having no idea who was under them) it would be the fault of the skate blade according to the NHL’s disciplinarians.

    (Sarcasm intended)


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

  4. habstrinifan says:

    Gruesome avatar.

  5. Hobie Hansen says:

    The Max Pacioretty injury was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back, in terms of the Habs contending this year. Carey Price could be our wild card though. If Montreal can do as good a job in keeping the high percentage scoring chances to a minimum, as they did in last year’s playoffs, Carey Price has it in him to make a huge difference in a series.

    Montreal will really be in tough without Pacioretty and Andrei Markov on the power play and they could obviously use Josh Gorges on defence. With those three players added to the line up – Montreal is right there with the top teams and could possibly challenge for a cup, in my opinion. That’s what make these injuries so frustrating.

    We’ll see what happens down the stretch and the playoffs I guess because you never know what player could come out of nowhere and really step up and make a difference.

    Looking to next season; we all know they’ve got to get bigger. With Gionta, Gomez, Plekanec and Cammalleri making up four of your top six, Montreal has too add another big forward to round out the top six. Pacioretty will be back and play on one line but hopefully over the summer they start looking for guys who fit the Iginla, Perry or Clowe prototype.

    Then there’s the bottom six. This team is missing a scrappy “Mike Keane” style player on their checking line and an enforcer who can play a decent game on the 4th line. Turner Stevenson back in the day was a pretty affective 4th line tough guy! Somehow we’ve come up short in acquiring those types of” heart and soul” players to go along with our stars over the last 3 or 4 years.

    If we get Markov, Wisniewski and Gorgers signed out of the entire group of free agents, under the cap, I’m happy. But again, our defence is missing that real tough defenseman that every club normally has. They type of guy who can play a solid amount of minutes and deter players from parking themselves in front of Price. The Habs have always had those types of guys like; Odelein, Quintal, Souray and the now hated komisarek. It’s always nice to have one scary defenseman riding shotgun for you goaltender, or at least show up to defend him!

    I believe with the changes I mentioned above the Habs could definitely challenge for the cup next year. I think even with the salary cap, that plan is reasonable..

  6. Danno says:

    Thanks Dean. We know the NHl has a kangaroo court in place and that’s why it is what it is.

    I wonder what reaction Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown or good old Judge Wapner would have had to Zdeno’s defence of it just being a “hockey play” and “having no idea” who he hit. And his apologists from the NHLPA who put the blame on the stanchion.

    Even a two-bit TV judge would have laughed that out of court and thrown the book at Chara as hard as possible.


    PS keep the avatar. It’s just a picture. Remember the real Chara almost killed a real person.



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

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Does Shangri-La have a weight room? Pouliot use one. Guy’s legs are like cooked pasta.


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

  8. Bugs says:

    That’s the thing about wild-cards, they come in all shapes’n’sizes.

    I doubt Dezzy will skulk away like a shadow in the night for one. White not only has moxy but he’s got moves too. Halpern mighta not said his last word yet. Hell, maybe even my boy will find Shangri-La, who knows?

  9. Bugs says:

    So is his will at the moment.

    Neither of which were in question when he potted 13 in 20.

  10. Danno says:

    I hope the mod squad doesn’t ban it. Again, they should consider it’s just a picture. Remember the real Chara almost killed a real person.


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

  11. Hobie Hansen says:

    I guess I’ve seen him score some cluthch goals this season with a lesser role and find he’s better suited on the 3rd or 4th line…I wish he was still producing like he did for the first couple months we picked him up…

  12. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    What do you guys think of calling up Jimmy Bonneau and putting him on the 4th line with White. It would be a real 4th line that can grind and fight if we need it.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  13. Bugs says:

    13 in 20.

    His GREATEST moments on this club were with the top 6, yes?

  14. Bob_Sacamano says:

    Love that avatar. Did you make it yourself? May I use it?

  15. Hobie Hansen says:

    The thing about a move like that is maybe a player like Bonneau comes in and fights Lucic right off the bat and then they settle down and play some hockey. Maybe have a couple fights throughout the night instead of having guys trying to kill each other with cheap shots!    

  16. HabsAndNothingElse says:

    Thats what im saying, and maybe bonneau only plays a couple of shifts but a team like the bruins will know hes on the bench and that changes the mentality by having a guy like him.

    ——————– Habs Hockey Nothing Else Matters –CH–

  17. NightRyder says:

    Point of discussion: choose the next commissioner for the NHL.

    1. Brian Burke

    2. Mike Gillis

    3. Ken Dryden

    4. Rejean Tremblay

    5. Other (provide suggestions).


    Call me insane, but I’d like to see the big blowhard Burke take a run at it. He has worked both sides of the coin, actually cares about hockey in Canada, cares about the players and is smart enough to properly promote the game in the U.S. He’s also enough of a corporate kiss-ass to make the owners happy.

    Brian Burke, NHL commissioner. I just threw up a little in my mouth. But I’d take him a thousand times over the petulant little willnot.

  18. Hobie Hansen says:

    It’s kind of a touchy subject…I don’t really want Montreal to start filling their team with tough guys and changing the way the play because of getting smacked around by Bruins. Overall Montreal needs to slowly get bigger by adding forwards who can hit and also put the puck in the next. allthough, as we’ve seen this year, fighting and rough stuff is still a huge part of hockey so you almost have to have an enforcer or two on the team.  We always have in the past but not over the last two season for whatever reason…

  19. NightRyder says:

    From a strictly selfish perspective, I’d like to see Bonneau, Henry, Schultz and a couple of bumfighters off the street in the lineup to go at the Bruins all night. A complete gong show.

    But I really think we should just play the game straight up, not worry about revenge… yet.

    Play them a half-dozen more times, go through the first round of Chara booing etc. etc.

    Then, when they think it’s behind everyone, that’s when you go for Lurch’s knees.


  20. newbrunswick troy says:

    Wow ,just got back from NewOrleans, had fun at mardi-gras but couldn,t get any real coverage on the MaxPac affair….that said i am furious over the events and can,t help but think that Bettman must be scrambling to make this right as he is in enough crap.

    That said he can make good by simply moving Campble out of his position along with Murphy..This may show some good faith on his behalf to the hockey world that he cares about the direction of the game and in a subtle way tip his hat to the whole world (exept leafs and bruins fans) that the nhl did get it wrong…and demands better from its deciscion makers!!!

    lets not let this topic die!!!


  21. NightRyder says:

    It’s an interesting debate.

    I do think Dryden has too much integrity. Look at the other commissioners. Stern is Bettman’s hero, another smug little dwarf. Selig plays the role of grandfatherly baseball historian, but would let his players shoot rocket fuel up their ass (and pretend he didn’t know) if it meant another dollar.

    I’d say Goodell is probably the best example of an effective leader who has shown concern for player safety as well as a desire to make the owners some cash. And even he’s facing some trouble.


  22. SeriousFan09 says:

    No thanks, Burke has very much the same arrogance as Bettman, perhaps not as hockey-illiterate as Bettman but if Burke had moved the NHL to PHX he’d be defending close to as long as hard as Gary has.

    Burke doesn’t admit his mistakes and has far too much of a superiority complex about what he thinks hockey is to make a real improvement at the Commissioner position. It’s Dryden if we really want things to change.


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

  23. Hobie Hansen says:

    The only thing about Shanahan is that he played on the wild side as a player on occassion. I could see him let some suspensions slide or be easy on a player.

  24. Hobie Hansen says:

    I’d agree with Gainey for sure.

  25. novahab says:

    If Bettman was to go it won’t be any hockey person running the league. It will be another high power lawyer with a sports back ground. Bottom line Bettman has a new 38 mil contract and ink is not dry yet. He isn’t going any wheres unless he steps down. The way to get rid of Bettman and cost the league and owners nothing is to have the FBI investigate him. One has to wonder if he has any shady deaings going on behind the scenes. Just the threat of an investigation might be enough for him to fold up shop and run.

  26. geo_habsgo says:

    Yep i can see Burke doing the job admirably. I know I hate him as Leafs Gm and his damn big mouth but a commish needs a big mouth. At least it can be said that he loves the sport and I think he has enough integrity not to let big stuff like this fall by the wayside. That being said, Gainey would also be a good commish, as others have stated.

  27. BJ says:

    I don’t trust that miniature weasel either. Anyone with as little common sense for the game and apparently only interested in the “power” he thinks it affords him should be disposed of. One thing I find highly suspicious is the relationship Bettman has with the Boston Bruins owner. Also how the imbecile NESN broadcaster Jack Edwards clearly spelled out during a broadcast following the incidents Chara-Pacioretty after the OT incident. I’m paraphrasing here but along the lines of “Number 67 Pacioretty is now a target and we’ll take his head off”!!! I’m pro Habs and favour a partisan broadcast but not over the top. Its a disgrace to the players, fans and the sport. All this to say that the Bettman, Jeremy Jacobs-Bruins, NESN cocktail could be looked into, as the Chara decision is not only brain-dead but deceitful.

  28. Bob_Sacamano says:


  29. novahab says:

    This could be Cherry’s last song and dance if he shoots his mouth off that the hit was good. There are a lot of politicains under the heat and a election looming. CBC still has to answer to the govermment and I am betting he keeps his mouth shut or will say very little about it.

  30. Ton says:

    employed by new england sports network.

  31. NightRyder says:

    I’d now say another work stoppage is inevitable.


  32. Bugs says:

    Over/under number of pts for the Artiste today: 1.5

    Call it.

  33. habstrinifan says:

    If Burke is commissioner expectthe rules to take some regressive adjustments. Burke is not progessive on that front. He may deal more expediently with weak franchises etc and will certainly change the cap issue sthat bind teams’ hands.. one change he has championed is teams sharing a player’s salary.. so we can trade gomez and lose 3 million of his 7 million salary while retaining the remaining 4 on our books.

    So if you want progess on the head hits and fights issues then Burke is not your man.


    I would like to see Burke as commissioner and someone  like Trevor Linden as head of a head of a 3member disciplinary committee.

  34. HabinBurlington says:

    Agreed, will villify the design of arena and this will be his copout from having to give a strong opinion of negativity towards Chara.  Would like to be wrong about this, but while I usually strongly disagree with Cherry, he is the ringleader of a large group of people who do like that expression of a “hockey play”

    The one thing that makes this interesting, is he has no love for Bettman and may use this incident as a chance to go after Bettman. 

  35. jennifer1984 says:

    excellent! VIARAIL has taken a stand on this senseless Chara hit.

    They’re standing up beside Air Canada…..great to hear.!


  36. NightRyder says:

    It’s the easy way out. Pacioretty, good kid, tough luck. Chara, just a big, strong guy. These things happen, why is the stanchion there?

    If he says anything nasty about Bettman, MacLean may weep.

  37. SeriousFan09 says:

    Mike Milbury has a hat trick in failure. Won nothing as a player and did not distinguish himself, won nothing as a coach and is witless as an analyst.


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

  38. zak says:

    Time for ALL the sponsors to go public and put Bettman in his place.Read a report that Timmy’s and BCE complained.

  39. Habnofear says:

    Say what you want about Don F CHERRY but after watching him for all my years there is NO WAY he’s happy bout a 22 year old almost dying on the ICE.And we have all seen him cry bout the deaths of soldiers. What he will say is it was a bad hit  and any bad hit has intent to injure or disrupt the opposing players chance of a good game.He will then go on about head shots ,equipment today and rink safety.


    Unfortunately with an old pro that 6’9″ and 250 lbs that plays like Scott Stevens  you got to take him out first or apparently he’ll try and kill you by accident and the Habs are not built that way”taking  knives to a gun fight”and that’s our fault!One of the problems with being  most fans is the fact they will love their teams configuration and expect other teams too change.In the Habs case it ‘s a small fast team and  was thought to be able to blow by a team like Boston AND IT DOES BUT,apparently not everyone makes it through!When you see Philly playing Boston everyone’s head is up because they know what could happen and there’s a respect because there is balance.Again I’M NOT TALKING GOONS ….IF lUCHICKEN OR cHARRA played for the Habs they would be our point leaders and a Goon can’t do that,I’m talking about Gauthier and The Molson boy’s waking up and getting big talented ,chippy athlete’s to gain some respect…it was done many time’s before and it WORKS! Oh Yeah ,I almost forgot …FU  Charra….Go Habs Go

  40. HabFanSince72 says:

    Which is owned by Jeremy Jacobs.

    Conflict of interest.

    Don’t news organizations (like the CBC) have ethical guidelines?

  41. SeriousFan09 says:

    HNIC is just a part of CBC and it’s really just an employment program for ex-players who don’t have any real skills, they’re the Walmart Greeters of retired hockey players.


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

  42. drivefor25 says:

    You forget to mention Milbury’s amazing success as GM of the Islanders!

    Fan since ’71

  43. SeriousFan09 says:

    Silly me, how could I forget the man’s master stroke, he who did his best to kill a franchise.


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

  44. NightRyder says:

    Jeremy Jacobs has an ownership interest in NESN. Milbury is paid by NESN.

    Just another in the long line of perceived (or real) conflicts of interest connected to the Bruins organization.

  45. Miltie01 says:

    All this whinning and moaning, editorial writing, political intervention, corporate self rightousness etc. etc. will do nothing !!! The only people who can effect immediate change in the NHL are the players. They are the ones who make the dangerous hits. They are the ones who choose to make them irregardless of the consequences….whether it be a suspension from the league, or more importantly the injuring of their fellow player. Until they decide to get their heads out of their asses this will not change.


    If the league really wants to help in the process I have an idea. Make them start next season wearing pads from the 1940’s. Respect and safety would be established within the first 5 games !!!

  46. NightRyder says:

    All the bile and venom and Lurch/Neanderthal jokes aside, is there a current player on our team that you wouldn’t trade straight up for Chara (salary cap be damned) right now?

    For me, it would be a list of one: Carey Price. I might pause at Subban, but for now, that’s it.

    Or would you simply not want him at all, based on recent developments?

  47. HardHabits says:

    I am not sure this is going to change things but imagine if the numbers swell beyond the millions. Maybe it could be one salvo in the process of removing this slime bag from our game. Please sign up to this FB page:

    The Fire Gary Bettman Movement

  48. NightRyder says:

    Disagree. He’d be our Norris Trophy winning, homely, gargantuan freak.

  49. HardHabits says:

    I would never want a player like that in a Habs uniform ever. He is classless monstrosity. If he was a Hab before he became a Bruin and learned what it means to be both classy and tough than I would have taken him. He’s tainted beyond repair now. You should be ashamed for even thinking that. Disgusting really. Maybe you should stick to watching Glee.

  50. HardHabits says:

    Over/under the amount of times Bugs touches his crotch while Kovalev plays today.

  51. HardHabits says:

    I agree.

  52. Mike D says:

    By “sign up”, do you mean “add as friend”?

    – Honestly yours

  53. Top Corner says:


  54. Ton says:

    where does the 85% come from? maybe the question you pose is wrong.  should it be asked this way; was the chara hit an elegal hit that resulted in an injury? its the intent word that has everyone going ape wild.

  55. adam76 says:

    peaceful protests?  facebook pages to fire battmen?  Lame.   85% of the hockey world feels Chara hit was not intent to injure.  Regardless of how you feel – these silly little desecrations will only hurt the team.  No amount of mouse clicks or “protests” will change the league.  Outside montreal, our view is in the minority.


    Time to get back to the game, lock down a playoff spot and go on a run.

  56. Danno says:

    Imagine if you will Chara as a Hab did the same dirty hit on say, oh I don’t know, a Bruin called Greg Campbell?

    Might the league have rendered a different verdict?


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

  57. Mike D says:

    I would love it if he did.  Especially if our fans show him what we think of him.

    – Honestly yours

  58. HardHabits says:

    Whether we are in the minority or not, which BTW I do not believe we are, we are right. It’s not about revenge or the Habs it’s about hockey. This transcends my being a Habs fan and that’s what the people who you claim are in the majority are trying to paint this picture as.

    It’s beyond Pacioretty and Chara. I could care less about Chara’s suspension. It is the NHL that I am interested in going after.

    The game has gotten more dangerous because of the rule changes. Look at the history of the NHL rule changes from before forward passing was allowed up to the period before Bettman took over and look at the changes since.

    The NHL has exhibited extreme cowardice in dealing with the concussion issue. These are not hockey plays and unfortunate accidents, they are deliberate attempts to injure. There is a major distinction between a good clean hard hockey check and the type of plays that see elbows and shoulders and and boards and stanchions hit heads causing concussions. It’s a travesty.

    I have started looking at numerous hits lately on youtube. I never was interested in them until now and the results are astounding. I can find a plethora of hits that should have resulted in suspensions. There must be a rule. What’s worse is the NHL disciplinarians do not follow the book when it concerns Colin Campbell’s son, or the team his son plays on. This is corruption.

    If a person is right and everybody is against him that person must continue fighting on regardless of the opposition. Nevertheless in this case more people are onside than not.

  59. showey47 says:

    I’d take ohl commissioner david branch to take over campbells job.

  60. Flobomb12 says:

    Anyone here want to see DD get a chance on a scoring line to play with other talented players?  With Max out now he has like the 3rd highest points/game average of our forwards and that’s playing from the third line.  Halpern is not a top line forward.

  61. Mike D says:

    I think the idea of putting Halpern on that line was to give them a right-handed shot for the RW.  That and he’ll go into the dirty areas.

    – Honestly yours

  62. adam76 says:

    I love afternoon hockey.

  63. showey47 says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing or at least trying DD on the top line wing with pleky and cammy and putting halpern back where he should be.

  64. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Only way I ever consider hiring Lurch is if I’m doing a remake of the Adams family.  I will also consider Lucy for the part of uncle Fester, and Bettman as the part of Pugsley.

  65. zaq007 says:

    Would rather you have Pleky and Gio injured or Marky and Gorges?

  66. Habs64 says:

    Nice Goal!!

  67. jennifer1984 says:

    he has hit 15.

    but i wouldnt mind seeing him with those boys

  68. LA Loyalist says:

    I think we need to get as good a look at DD as possible in lots of situations.

    Halpern has been great, but we know what we’re getting with him. This season is a train wreck, let’s run the kids and see where they are in their development, then that will help us greatly in our decisions this summer.

    I have no problem with DD’s size if the skill and work ethic and courage to go to the net are there. Hopefully we will be beefing up to support our skill players this summer.

  69. NightRyder says:

    I thought what he did was horrendous.

    But I’d take a nasty, six-foot-nine, 270-pound, Norris Trophy winning defenceman in a heartbeat.

    And so would you.

    <Chuckles at the 40-plus-year-old schmoe who crows about banging 17-year-olds debating who is classy>

  70. db says:

    What I don’t understand is how nobody mentions a 3-0 lead and 15 seconds left in the period.  It was a reckless play that resulted in a serious injury…. ovechkin?

  71. fbkj says:

    Disagreed the city would lose its sh[t

    before the hit, okay, not after… no way

  72. LA Loyalist says:

    No, I would not want him at all, neither would I want Avery or Bertuzzi or Matte Cooke.

    The Montreal Canadiens should, as we always have, stand for excellence and fine sportsmanship. Sure we’ve had tough guys, Rocket Richard, John Ferguson, Chris Nilan, tough as nails, tough as your mother-in-law’s steak — but not, to my knowledge, dirty.

    And that is more important than some transient bump in our skill level. If we get Markov and Gorges and Sopel back, and sign the Wiz, along with the maturation of PK and Weber, we will be fine on D.


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