Gionta, Pacioretty game-time decisions


Canadiens’ Yannick Weber leads morning stretch at Scotiabank Place to prepare for Sunday’s Game 3 between Habs and Ottawa Senators. Rally towels are draped on chairs, awaiting fans.
Dave Stubbs photo

Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty, who have been day to day with upper body injuries, will be game-time decisions for Sunday’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators.

The teams are tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven playoff series. Game 3 starts at 7 p.m. (CBC, RDS, TSN-690 Radio)

Gionta skated with the team Sunday morning at Scotiabank Place in Kanata. Pacioretty was not on the ice.  Coach Michel Therrien said Rene Bourque is ready to play. Bourque collided with teammate Colby Armstrong during Friday’s game in Montreal.

Therrien wants the Canadiens’ to keep doing what they did in the first two games of the series.

“I liked our intensity. I liked our execution. So for us tonight, we have to continue building on the last two performances,” Therrien said.

You can hear what Francis Bouillon had to say below after the morning skate about rookie defenceman Jarred Tinordi:

(Video/Brenda Branswell)


  1. Danno says:

    When we last left off, the Habs had kicked some ass. Senators ass.
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  2. Saintpatrick33 says:

    That Pens PP is deadly

  3. commandant says:

    I hope this series makes people realize how good Tavares is. Seriously a top 5 guy in the league.

    He does it with nothing.

    Brad Boyes was on the scrap heap, and Matt Moulson was a 26 year old journeyman AHLer until some coach stuck him on a line with 19 year old John Tavares at training camp.

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    • Landof10000lakesHab says:

      True dat. A gritty player as well. Crosby, Toews, Stamkos, Giroux, and Tavares would be my NHL top forwards. Datsyuk is still great, but slowing slightly. Kane, Ovi, Gino and others are exceptional, but often one dimensional.

  4. Bill says:

    This two-threads thing is so confusing.

  5. jols101 says:

    Never get to see many Isles games – is Okposo always this good or is he the type that shows up more in big games?

  6. Sportfan says:


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  7. Bill says:

    How does that Penguins team get 19 lousy shots through three periods? Outshot 34-19 by the Islanders with all that firepower.

  8. The Jackal says:

    I don’t care what happens in any series, I just want the Habs to win.

    But boy Letang is so overrated… being taken to school by the Isles.

    Hockey sine stercore tauri.

  9. jols101 says:

    As per John Lu – Habs sign Charles Hudon to a 3 year entry level contract.

  10. Bardya says:

    Vokoun will start game 4

  11. donmarco says:

    Amazing. 4-4. Go Isles.

  12. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Wow nice goal by Tavares

  13. C-Sword says:

    Scored!!!! 4-4

  14. AceMagnum says:

    Milbury Dough Boy

  15. Bardya says:

    Wow! What a goal by Okposo

  16. FunkyCrabChairNF says:

    Hate to use the word in relation to sports, and I don’t know if I ever have, but that goal by Okposo… HEROIC.

  17. jols101 says:

    Bobby Mac – Both Gionta and Patches are banged up and we believe banged up bad but both are listed as game time decisions. this is the playoffs, you never know.

    Didn’t use quotation marks cause it isn’t exactly what he said but pretty close.

  18. Saintpatrick33 says:

    Milbury is an epic tool and his hate for Montreal is obvious.

  19. habsfan0 says:

    As tonight’s match IS, for all intents and purposes, a home game, the Habs will have to start fast and feed off the intensity of the crowd.

  20. CharlieHodgeFan says:

    The Sens aren’t dead yet. Just as one loss doesn’t mean Habigideon time is here, one victory doesn’t bury the Sens. They are remarkably similar to the Habs as a team, and there is a lot of hockey to be played.

    Whether we as fans are grounded and balanced in this has zero meaning, but being able to take a good, practical look at what’s going on would make for better discussions.

  21. Sportfan says:

    Going to the Manoir tonight for the game will be so fun! Beer, Steak, Hockey and the Terrace!

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  22. TommyB says:

    It’s a little early in the series for the Senators organization to be distributing crying towels to their fans, isn’t it?

    I wonder if we see the Trojan man tonight? Hmmm, maybe free condoms were placed on each seat to go with the towels?

  23. thehammer says:

    Is it not 7 o’clock yet?!

  24. habsfan0 says:

    Good to see Michael Ryder net one in the last game as goal scorers tend to score in bunches. I’m a bit concerned where Habs scoring will come from otherwise,as the injuries are piling up. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect Ryan White to go on a goal scoring splurge.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Very good point. Ryder is one such streaky player. Hope you are right that this is the start of a streak by him.

    • jols101 says:

      Gallagher has 2 goals and Galchenyuk assisted on both. They need to keep going. They can be difference makers. Like they have been all season.

      DD has to pick it up.

      Pleks and Bourque will continue to chip in offensively.

      We need some offensive production from the back end. Subban, Markov and Diaz have to continue to contribute offensively.

      That should be enough to get by the Sens. Hopefully by the time the Caps series starts Patches and Gio are back. I think Eller is out long term unfortunately.

      • Stuck_in_To. says:

        Gallagher is showing a goal scorers touch. I’m not saying he is going to be a 30 goal guy (though I hope) but he is showing an amazing ability to convert passes … that goal on Friday night was taken out of the air. He also has a shooters instinct to let it go rather than always pass … also good.

        Hope that Bourque and Ryder can keep it up and Pleks starts potting them. Other than that, our D has yet to chip in so that should be coming soon.

      • hab fan in leaf jungle says:

        Don’t expect scoring from the d. Anderson is very tall and a great goalie and the Ottawa D are huge. I wish in Game 1 on the 5 0n 3 the Habs just sent 3 forwards into the blue ice sucking the 3 Sens in and just lob the puck into the crowd and scramble trying to knock it in to the net. Anderson is not going to get beat from the top of the faceoff circles or the blue line but I think in close and creating scrambles is where the Habs will have to score.

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      That was a Ryan White goal scoring splurge!

      Good point about Ryder. I like streaky players when they get going in the playoffs.

    • Danno says:

      Whitey played like his hair was on fire. If he keeps it up he is going to be a major factor.


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  25. Steeltown Hab says:

    When he’s playing physical and with a solid compete level I just love Rene Bourque for this team. Solid deal by Gauthier.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • Bripro says:

      After that compliment, it’s time for a shower.
      It’s like me last night…
      The Leafs buried that game with their 4th goal. And I cheered it.
      Only because I want them to pound each other into submission over 7 games.
      But I too needed a shower after that one.

    • Max says:

      I agree.He’s a player with great speed,an amazing shot and very skilled with a physical edge.There’s no reason why he can’t be a top 30 scorer in the league regularly.All the tools are there but he has a tendency to vanish for games on end.Not so bad for that this year however.

    • Max says:

      Gauthier was actually pretty astute with his trades and signings.He wasn’t as bad in that regard as many people think.

  26. Bripro says:

    The Ottawa Citizen: “…..towering Ottawa defenceman Eric Gryba levelled the much smaller Lars Eller ….”
    Really? Eller is 6’2″, 211 lbs vs Bryba’s 6’4″, 222 lbs.
    Wow… yep. That’s much smaller.
    Only if you’ve got the same biased perspective as say…. NESN’s Jack Edwards.
    Seriously, time to put away the rose-colored glasses, Ottawa.

    • Steeltown Hab says:

      It’s amazing the amount of retards who are responsible for putting out legitimate information on sports.

      Blown the F away that CBC has let it’s broadcast get to this point with PJ Stock, or why Antichambre chooses to have him on also.

      Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • habstrinifan says:

      I gotta say that once you pass 6′ then 2 inches and 11 lbs seem significant to me. Let’s put it this way! A wedgie from a 6′ 2″ 211 lbs gym bully is somehow less invasive than a wedgie at the hands of of a 6′ 4″ 222lbs bully.

      I speak from experience. I know my ‘feet left the floor’ routinely in the case of the 6′ 4″ 222lbs bully but only did so with the smaller specimen when he himself ‘left his feet’.

      And yes, while my fruit of the loom did rebound, my fruit of the loin went days without being the same.

    • Max says:

      Yeah,I laughed at that.Eller is a big guy and strong as an ox.I think it was a condescending dig by the Ottawa Citizen.

  27. Danno says:

    When we last left off, the Canadiens had kicked some ass. Senators ass.
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  28. habfaninyyc says:

    Pacioretty’s injury probably saved himself the embarrassment of being a healthy scratch. He was invisible in Game 1.

    • wildwilly says:

      I would play Pacioretty before Gionta. The last game demonstrated we need to play physical against Ottawa.

      • wjc says:

        Gionta brings a different demention to the team speed and experience. It is not a choice between the two, both will play if they are both ready.

        Gionta is a big part of the team if not in stature but contribution.

        Calming effect on bench, if the newer players get a little anxious. Do not underestimate experience.


        • Bripro says:

          Are you saying he’s demented?
          Or is he a member of a metal band?
          Or is Gio into Hallucinogens?

          • habstrinifan says:

            He’s may be taking literary licence with the verb ‘dement’ and saying one of the following.

            1 to deteriorate mentally, esp because of old age
            2. tr (rare) to drive mad; make insane

            In interpretation #2 he is obviously a Gionta booster in interpretation #1 he obviously doesnt like old people.

          • wjc says:

            Good one Bripro…….dimention… that correct…..should have said brings a different thing-a-ma-doodle to the team.


    • wjc says:

      Pacioretty was not invisible in game 1. You need to get your nose out of the computer and pay better attention to the game.


      • habfaninyyc says:

        Other than dishing out a couple of hits AFTER he got rocked, what did Pax do out there? For such a big guy, he’s a perimeter player, and seldom brings his A game. If only he had the heart of a Gallagher.

        • jols101 says:

          39 points in 44 games. You can’t loose a player with that kind of production and not have it hurt the team.

          Some want him to play more physical and I respect that but not having his offensive production in the lineup doesn’t help our chances in these playoffs.

        • wjc says:

          Not true, but believe what you want. Maybe he was hurt at that point. He obviously ended the game hurt. But in your perfect little world, nobody is given any benefit for staying with it for the whole game.


    • commandant says:

      Yes, its normal for teams to scratch their leading scorer after one playoff game.

      And do we think a poor game might have had something to do with the injury? Maybe, just maybe??

      Jeez, talk about ridiculous.

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      • CharlieHodgeFan says:

        Players don’t play hurt, in video games. We admire their grit for trying, but then get snarky when they aren’t as strong as they would be uninjured.
        Just a lack of thinking it through.

      • Lark says:

        Just looked at the stats for the first playoff game. Pacioretty and DD were the only players +1. The rest were 0 or -. Not that either one had an awesome game but certainly not candidates for a healthy scratch.
        Why the hate by many on this site for these two players in particular? Especially for a player like Pacioretty who seems to have been playing hurt or recovering from surgery for much of the season an still managed to end the regular season with most goals and most points. Beyond ridiculous.

  29. AllHailTheFlower says:

    First? Really? That’s a first…

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