Pacioretty, Gomez key Canadiens’ win


The Canadiens finally broke into the W column with a thrilling OT conquest of the Ottawa Senators.
The Habs roared back from a 3-0 deficit keyed by two Max Pacioretty goals and an equalizer, in the dying seconds, by Scott Gomez.
Erik Cole cinched the win in the Shootout.

The Gomez line, with Max-Pac and phenom Brendan Gallagher, was the Canadiens best, with 19 of the team’s 33 shots – plus two posts by Pacioretty.

•  •  •

Interesting chat with  Dany Dubé after the game.

In addition to being impressed by Brendan Gallagher, the 98,5 FM analyst liked what he saw on the back end from Jarred Tinordi, Alexei Yemelin and Raphael Diaz.

Mark this down for future reference: A pressbox consensus is forming on Diaz:

He’s better than Yannick Weber.

•  •  •

Video of Brendan Gallagher:

Max Pacioretty:

Jacques Martin:

A fitting end to a very entertaining hockey game in Ottawa.

Filatov: Save


Max-Pac: Wrister shelf!! What a night

Spezza: Goal

Gallagher: Wide

Daniel F.: Wide

And Cole wins it!!

The Canadiens roared back from a 3-0 deficit, with Scott Gomez tying it up in the dying seconds with the goaltender on the bench.

And Max is back … big time.

Gomez was good, too.

And Brendan Gallagher did not look out of place with the big boys.

19 shots on goal for that line.


  1. SmartDog says:

    First of all: “phenom Brendan Gallagher” Yes! I called it boys and girls. This kid is gonna be an AWESOME Hab.

    And second of all… I’m supposed to PAY to read one of Hickey’s articles. I mean, Hickey, you’re good but I’m not getting a Gazette subscription just to read a hockey story now and then. I put up with the ads on here – isn’t that enough? Ridiculoso.

    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  2. petefleet says:

    Duplicate post…sorry

    I have watched all the games with Diaz in them. He’s great. He’s definately better than Yemelin, who looks very timid out there compared to his billing. Diaz is strong at both ends of the rink and for the most part makes smart plays. JM & Co. will have a hard time sending him down. Gallagher is also very impressive for a young kid. Habs future looks bright to me. As usual though, they still need that big centreman. Maybe at trade deadline or with any luck sooner.

    ***Habs Forever***

    • Tony McLean says:

      Agreed. The ‘quist had his moments last night though. Appears beefier, more physical now. And Eller should take another step this year. He became a man vs. Broons in the playoffs.

      You have two choices: Break Chara’s nose and win or grab your ankles and lose. There are no other choices. Make a choice.

  3. Bill J says:

    H IO

    Whoever the moderator is whose been deleting stuff here last night and this morning is doing the site a great disservice in how he/she chose to handle it.

    Hiding it does not change what people remember. And now Habso will continue with his lies, un checked. wtg!

    Enjoy, Habso… he’s a gem. Just don’t reply to him, you may be called every name in the book.

    If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

    Go Habs Go!

    • petefleet says:

      I have watched all the games with Diaz in them. He’s great. He’s definately better than Yemelin, who looks very timid out there compared to his billing. Diaz is strong at both ends of the rink and for the most part makes smart plays. JM & Co. will have a hard time sending him down. Gallagher is also very impressive for a young kid. Habs future looks bright to me. As usual though, they still need that big centreman. Maybe at trade deadline or with any luck sooner.

      ***Habs Forever***

  4. Bill J says:

    The post where I tried to accept your pathetic attempt at an olive branch ?

    It was deleted with you majorly inflammatory posts you made last night.

    See HIO ? He rides the fact that you deleted his posts, and acts innocent.

    I hope whoever deleted his BS last night will consider those posts too. Clearly, it was bad enough to delete.

    If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

    Go Habs Go!

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    So I didn’t watch the game, obviously MaxPac/Gomez/Gallagher had a good game. How did Gomez look besides getting the tying goal?

    This Diaz talk is interesting. Sounds like we may have a stroke of genius finding this guy in Switzerland for nothing. I kind of feel bad for Weber if this means he is odd man out, but end of day it’s all about us playing the best players possible.

    We may have some trade bait available or just simply have some depth at D.

  6. rated_R says:

    Were all Habs fans here. Stop hating each other and move on.

  7. HABZ24 says:

    its only exibition, but its a big come from behind win.great for morale.maybe gallager wont make the cut this time but if an injury occurs his could be the first cell to ring.great to see so much young talent developing after decades of poor draft choices.hungry kids with desire make the bubble players shake it.


  8. HabinBurlington says:

    Wow not sure what all I missed last night. Gomez the hero or the fact that apparantly our fans had a full benchclearing brawl last night.

    Reading the threads looks like a classic Nordiques/Habs Bloodbath went on in cyberworld last night…. oh too funny our fans needs the season to start more than the players.

  9. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Interesting evening I see. How to display a complete lack of impulse control in front of total strangers? Besides the fact that some just can’t help but take pot shots at Palin or Obama or Harper or Layton on a hockey discussion forum (or allude to trutherism for that matter) and although I’m not sure why anyone would bring up Conrad Black and George Soros, can we just talk hockey? If not maybe some folks should check this out.

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Yah Thomas I think some of those lines need tweaking, not sure the last time I saw Conrad Black in the same sentences as Hitler etc… looks like we missed or rather didn’t miss much last night.

  10. Captain aHab says:

    Gallagher is gonna be one hell of a player and what can you say about Pacioretty….dayum, that line was unstoppable.

  11. HabFab says:

    ” Mark this down for future reference: A pressbox consensus is forming on Diaz:He’s better than Yannick Weber.” Boone

    Interesting comment considering it was the same one that the Swiss Hockey people were saying when Montreal signed Diaz last spring.
    In Weber’s defense, Diaz is 3 years older but argument could also be made that Weber being developed in the OHL and AHL should be more advanced. It was one of the things that I was looking forward to watching at camp, time tells all. An interview with both on HabsTV.

  12. SeriousFan09 says:

    So working the midnight shift means I miss the overnight water pistol fights? So there are benefits to it other than my 1$ an hour bonus.

  13. Chuck says:

    Holy hell, it looks like everyone needs a hug on here tonight… or water pistols at three paces.

  14. you tried to accept my olive branch..? stop lying!!! you laughed in my face and insulted me when I offered a truce to you. and you did it more than once. you are a LIAR! and you obviously have some major issues. you have admitted that your only wish is to try to get me banned, all because you disagreed with my opinion sometime in the past and it hurt your fragile ego. I’m more than sick of your crap and since you refuse to be a man and let bygones be bygones then you can go to hell!

  15. Trisomy 21 says:

    Hey Habsolutely, did you say you have a BA in science? Do you mean bachelors of science? I ask because BA means bachelor of arts and haven’t heard of a bachelor of arts in science. If you have a BSc, what’s your major? I’m working on one myself.

    • Sorry, typo, meant BS. major is medical lab technology. whats your major?

      • Trisomy 21 says:

        Oh ok that sounds interesting, are you employed in that field too? Mine is cellular, molecular and microbial biology.

        • unfortunately no, I’m unable to work here in the states because my wife and I are still waiting for our greencards. It’s a very long and excruciating process. My wife is a nurse practitioner and we are here in the states on trade/nafta visa’s.

          • Trisomy 21 says:

            Ah i see, well best of luck, I hear that the process is a real pain

          • --Habs-- says:

            Yup did it myself! Whole family just finished our citizenship. Long but very cool process. It took the better part of a decade. They unfortunately don’t take refugees from Canada or I would have showed up on the shores of Boston on a raft to shorten the process! Came in on a TN visa under “Computer Technologist” or something like that! You should be able to work under a TN visa! You will need to reapply for a new one under a new employer. I did it 3 times before I started the Green Card process.

          • ya, it’s a total nightmare. a very long process. the good thing is it enabled me to focus on my education.

  16. sampson12 says:

    no kidding the location sucks.

  17. sampson12 says:

    I was at the game and I’m just sobering up. But a few notes. Whoever kept pulling the fire alarm should stay home next game, cause that was so annoying.. I wore my PK jersey and I was sure he was playing but he didn’t suit up, that was disappointing.. (I still wore the jersey out afterwards and received a ton of props and barely any jeers). Gallagher is gunna be a star.. but Pacioretty was everywhere tonight. He stole the show.. other than the fourth strings perfect pass for the breakaway, that was huge,.. interesting to note, spezza on the shootout got booed harder than if he were in MTL or toronto.. id say 60% habs fans there tonight.
    at one point i was sure spezza was gonna try and fight dumont.

  18. The Dude says:

    I’m only gonna say this once…BillJ &Habsoloutly GO TO BED! Don’t make me get the golden retriever puppy!!!

  19. joe-hab-nuno says:

    Reality t.v. and now this, reality Internet.

  20. Bill J says:

    Go on Habso – PLEASE write your letter to Stu, if he thinks you where the innocent one here. I do not want to visit this site.

    You need a reality check Habso, and MODS deleting your posts is not providing that for you.

    If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

    Go Habs Go!

  21. joe-hab-nuno says:

    When it gets out of hand like this, mods should just ban guys for the night make them exchange emails so they can have their argument. It’s like going to a bar and you’re having a great time when 2 guys try to scrum it out and the night gets ruined for everyone.

    • Chrisadiens says:

      Instead of “going to a bar”, you could always “stay in”. Conflict is to be expected here. Ive never had a problem with Bill or Habso. I think they are good guys and they will resolve this soon.

      Chrisadiens and HabFan10912, one of the few father son tandems on HIO.

  22. chartraw27 says:

    Nice comeback. Max Pac was awesome from what I saw. Webber was awful. I have never thought much of him. Gallagher is very impressive. One more year of Junior for him and Beaulieu and then they will be banging on the door big time to play in the NHL.
    Hopefully, Gomez can have a big year. Yemelin looked pretty good. Tinordi was alright.

  23. Sean Bonjovi says:

    (shrugs shoulders) One game doesn’t change my mind

    “Andrei Kostitsyn is a better hockey player than Max Pacioretty”
    – Sean Bonjovi

  24. Timo says:


    • he’s back baby!!!!!!!! seriously though, I hope he has a great season. I call things as I see em, and Gomez has sucked hard for the last three seasons, but I don’t “hate” him. I hope he has a great season. I just don’t understand why the fanboys on this site get so angry when you state the obvious about a player who has clearly underachieved..?

  25. --Habs-- says:

    Do you get the feeling Andrei Kostitsyn is on a very very short leash this season and may find himself in St Louis with his brother………….

    • Bill J says:

      You mean Nashville, right ?

      Jaro is the one who was sent to St.Louis

      If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

      Go Habs Go!

    • neumann103 says:

      God I hope not.

      I have no objection to giving up SK74 or Grabvoski for nothing even though it was obvious they had potential that could be realized somewhere else. They were poison. But the AK46 controversy is manufactured and about 90% the team’s fault rather than the player’s.

      The major rational complaint that can be made about AK46 is that
      1. he is inconsistent both in effort and results
      2. his salary is greater than his contribution

      To which I would respond that
      1. this meme is vastly overstated and the statisical breakdown posted on the blog of one of our correspeondents last month pretty fairly demonstrated this
      2. applies to about half the players in the NHL

      I expect that if AK46 is given sufficient quantity and quality of minutes he will produce and will be either a candidate for re-signing as a UFA or valuable trade bait at the deadline if the decision has been made not to sign him.

      I would be concerned about the whole Third line thing, except for the fact that playing with Lars Eller and David Desharnais could be great for AK. The main concern there is will JM play the 2nd or 4th line too much and squeeze out the 3rd, and whether AK will get enough time on the PP.

      “Et le but!”

  26. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Didn’t get a chance to watch the 2&3 periods. But from the phone conversation with my father, and watching the TSN highlights…one word…


    Is that accurate?

    • Mark C says:

      Pretty much. Two goals, two posts, one shootout goal and a ton of shots (7?). He was really flying down the wing, looks like his straight line speed as even improved.

  27. Timo says:

    What did I tell ya all about Gomez? Let the drive for 25 begin, folks.

    • Bill J says:

      I’ve ridiculed your Breezer & MAB bandwagon posts in the past.

      Oddly enough I want to jump on this bandwagon Timo.

      Gomez was not perfect in his first game back but despite that, he still managed to play one of his best games for the Habs tonight. Him & MaxPac have better chemistry then Gomez/Gionta. Go figure.

      If you want to add an avatar here, read this and follow the steps

      Go Habs Go!

  28. Jdub1985 says:

    What’s with all the Internet bullying tonight – somebody refuse the Koolaid lol

  29. caladin says:

    Why does the HIO app still show the score as 3-2 Ottawa?

  30. Gerry H says:

    Well, that was entertaining.

    Man, was Pacioretty dominant. His skating was absolutely spectacular. The chemistry with Gomez is undeniable. Gallagher was a very serviceable Gionta-lite, but I am dying to see the real thing in action. This line will be very, very good.

    Diaz was again very impressive. So was Yemelin. Who knew he was such a good skater? Very disciplined, too. I saw no sign of him being a dumb penalty machine. I think we are gonna really like this guy.

    The Cole line was pretty flat, I thought. I’m afraid we had the other AK46, tonight. Pretty much invisible. For my money, the top two lines are fairly self-evident (haven’t they always been?) and JM should use the pre-season to let them gel and develop. AK will just have to bide his time until Eller can enter the line-up and fill out that AK-Larry-DD trio.

    At about the midpoint of the game, some attention-seeking dork in a Habs jersey jumped up during a quiet moment to bellow “you suck, Gomez!” He got blank stares from fans of both teams.

    That refrain just didn’t resonate tonight.

  31. JF says:

    I’m glad we got the win, even though it doesn’t count for anything, but I’m somewhat concerned that our Achilles heel from last year, inability to score at even strength, is still there. We’ve scored one even-strength goal in three games (the tying goal tonight was with six attackers). Lack of even-strength scoring can be partially offset by a good powerplay during the regular season, but in the playoffs it will kill us, as it did against Boston.

    • HardHabits says:

      Be careful lest you be accused of trolling.

      Good post!!!!

    • SeriousFan09 says:

      How about we see what goes on when we have more than 1 of our Top 4 centres playing in a game first? Hard to generate O when you don’t have good puck distribution from the middle.

      Or from the back end really, Weber had a tough night IMO, Yemelin is still learning the NA ice and getting to know the team.

      – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.
      SF09 on Twitter

      • JF says:

        You’re right. We’re using only one dangerous line per game, and most of our forwards are AHL players. I guess I’m just being alarmist. The return of Pacioretty and the addition of Cole will certainly help when we need a goal late in a game.

      • HardHabits says:

        Yes. Habs still can’t buy a goal 5 on 5 and haven’t been able to for a few years now. Even when they won the scoring race a few years back it was on the back of the league’s best PP. 34% of their goals came on the PP.

        The difference with the Habs is their 5-on-5 game hasn’t gotten better and their PP game got worse. Fortunately their PK game is solid. Unfortunately they take too many penalties.

        Just because the Habs won doesn’t mean I can’t dreg up some facts. If some call it trolling, so be it.

        • dhenry1234 says:

          It’s not fair to say that the Habs can’t buy a goal 5 on 5 considering that we’re yet to see the real habs play. Who knows, habs could end up being one of the best 5 on 5 goal teams in the league in April. It’s still pre season and that’s not a fair assessment.

          HH edited around 11:40

        • el heffe says:

          Is this 2006? well, let’s just see how 2007 goes, oh wait, sorry, right, it’s 2011. my bad. Trolls rule!

          Charge it to the Underhill’s.–Chevy

  32. Chuck says:

    That Patches kid sure does heal well.

  33. el heffe says:

    If anyone is interrested the NHL Network is re-playing game 5 of the Habs-Penguins series with Jaro(the hero) in nets. Even though i know the outcome it is still awesome to watch!!!

    Charge it to the Underhill’s.–Chevy

    • Everlasting1 says:


      “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not. Neither was their place found anymore in Heaven. And the Great Dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan which deceiveth the whole world, he was cast out into the Earth and his angels were cast out with him.”
      [Revelations 12:7-9]

      “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

  34. rob_c says:

    I said this back when we signed Cole. I’d love to see him and Max play on the same line. At least I got the pleasure to see it tonight. Everyone except for one other person was saying that it would never happen, its stupid, you need balance etc. I’d love to see more of it to be honest. You don’t need to keep them on the same line all game or all season. Maybe against different opponents mix it up a bit.

    Cammalleri Plekanec Gionta
    Cole Gomez Pacioretty
    Kostitsyn Eller Desharnais

    • HardHabits says:

      I like it.

    • rob_c says:

      this is what I said back then. unfortunately I said this assuming PG would sign another winger. I don’t like desharnais playing wing, especially not with another small centre.

      ” I realize Cole most definitely will be given an opportunity to play along side Pleks and Cammy, and while its the obvious move, and does deserve a chance… Once Eller comes back I cant help but wonder what Eller could do in between Max and Cole. thats a line with some size that wouldn’t be easy to play against. In inserting Eller in between those 2, it slides Gomez out of the top 6, allows that plug Gomez to play against the other teams 3rd or fourth lines on a more consistent basis. As much as I don’t like the guy, he would be a great 3rd line centre. Its just to bad he’s getting paid like a first. Furthermore Gionta has shown previous chemistry with Pleks and Cammy so that line has shown it can work. Clearly lines get tinkered with game to game, period to period, even minute to minute. I’d just love to give this one a try. Wishful thinking more then anything. JM will never make that happen. Cammy Pleks Gionta MaxPAc Eller Cole Kostistyn Gomez _____ White Desharnais Darche Markov Gorges Subban Gill Yemelin Spacek/Webber Price Budaj”

    • Ton says:

      tell me Max wouldn’t have been a game breaker in that 7 game series vs bruins……….

    • ClaytonM says:

      JM, shuffle lines? When does he ever do that?

      (now where’s that sarcasm font?)

      Ken Dryden For NHL Commissioner

  35. AK_PK_Usay says:

    I duno why, but during the summer there were less trolls.

    Of course some will argue it is their right to troll, and i will argue they need to go back under their brige… (preferably champlain)

  36. HardHabits says:

    Even still. I am am not optimistic about the regular season.

    If the HIO server’s can’t handle the load of the Habs 1st pre-season win I can’t wait to see what happens should the Habs break out of the gates with a winning record.

    Gawd forbid they should win the Cup.

    I can see the headlines now.

    Habs Fans bring down the Internet and the whole Eastern Electric Grid after an online riot!!

    • AK_PK_Usay says:

      LMAO!!! nice one

      if habs win the cup ill be taking my 2 weeks down south, dont want to imagine the riots and burning, vancouver, athens, london, wont compare, put together…

  37. light_n_tasty says:

    Is it just me, or is the HIO server about to crash after the Habs’ first pre-season victory?

  38. scrowe21 says:

    Hate to bring this up again but, Zack Smith – 6’2… did Tinordi look 5 inches taller to anybody when they were fighting? Someone is measuring his height wrong.

  39. Sheldon says:

    Got ourselves a Hextall?

  40. I agree Boone, it was an entertaining game.

  41. dhenry1234 says:

    Happy to see a win. even though it doesn’t matter

  42. Danno says:


    Three Stars Boone?


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

  43. EricMelvin says:


  44. HardHabits says:

    Plan the parade!!!!


    THE power forwards + Gomez woowww!!


  46. habsfaninboston says:

    Cole seals it.

  47. punkster says:

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

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