Liveblog: Sabres beat Canadiens 3-2 in OT


Give the Canadiens credit.
Exhausted from a long road trip and cross-continent travel, playing for pride, your Montreal Canadiens got a goal from David Desharnais with 3.5 second left to send a game Buffalo needed into overtime.
Tyler Myers won it for the Sabres when a whole lot of white jerseys were caught up ice.

Peter Budaj was beaten on the 36th shot he faced.


  1. H.Upmann says:

    Leafs need to start winning a few games lol!

  2. montreal ace says:

    Campoli and Kaberle have played well lately, they take alot of flack for no reason on this site. I have also not had a complaint against Staubitz, skates well and checks

  3. gumper says:

    If Markov can just get through the remaining games of the season with body intact, it will give us humble fans reason to hope for better things next season. His timing will, no doubt, return, and, also no doubt, this would have been a better team this year had he been in the lineup. At this point in his career he owes no apologies or explanations.

  4. HardHabits says:

    The playoff set up is skewered. As it stands #3 Florida is really 7th in the East and #3 Dallas is 6th. The 4th and 5th place teams are shafted because of the bogus guaranteed 1-2-3 placing for the division leaders.

    I hope the NHL doesn’t go back to all division series for the first two rounds either. Especially given that two divisions will have 7 teams and two will have 8. Better to still have two conferences and take the 8 best teams on each side and not seed division leaders as 1-2 but keep the inter divisional play for the regular season.

  5. H.Upmann says:

    @gumper: …my first guess is that he tosses and turns thinking about his family first and personal biz. Canadiens second. Then again, I don’t know him.

  6. montreal ace says:

    The players association, say it will not require Radulov to pass through waivers if he returns to Nashville, and the NHL is on board with this. I find it weird that they can by pass rules they implemented, giving an advantage to Nashville.

  7. Adidess says:

    It doesn’t look like there will be another debate breaking out tonight over Price and that other goalie we traded the other day. So I’m going to bed… hehe

    I want a top pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

  8. gumper says:

    Do ya suppose Bob Gainey glances at the standings before retiring of an evening, then tosses and turns all night thinking about how that stogy-sucking pudknocker Glen Sather hosed him down at the bargaining table?

  9. nova scotia vees says:

    I miss Saku. We should NEVER have let him go. We lost our soul when we turned our backs on him. Shame..

  10. Adidess says:

    Anyone saw that clip on RDS where Markov stands up and takes full blame for the Ennis goal. He said his hw went for a switch that caused the goal. I love it, but also kinda feel bad he had to explain to everyone he’s still getting his timing back after two years of not playing.

    I want a good pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

    • Bill says:

      No worries for Markov, half the people on this site were blaming Kaberle anyway!

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • SmartDog says:

      The players know. But it’s part of the kind of quality leader Markov is to just stand up and say it. It’s a reassurance in a way: he won’t be “getting his timing back” for long. It’s a problem that will go away.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  11. TorontoHabsFan says:

    Since coming to Montreal, Kaberle has scored at a pace that would give him 46 pts over a full season – a number that would have been good for 14th in the league among defencemen last year.

    If Kaberle was an UFA we’d all be screaming for Gauthier to sign him for two more years.

    • Bill says:

      “If Kaberle was an UFA we’d all be screaming for Gauthier to sign him for two more years.”

      Yes. And then after he did, we’d start bashing them both.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • showey47 says:

      Thats my theory behind why i feel the spacek/kabby trade could be a great investment as early as the end of next year but possibly longer.Of course this means he would have to put up similar or slightly better numbers which going by his career is not out of the question. Somebody will pay a steep price for a 45 to 50 point dman with one year or less left on his contract.They always do. For all the hate he got last year he still had 47 points and led the bruins dmen in playoff points.

  12. anotherhab says:

    can’t believe all the whining after the lost — when we lost to Calgary I thought we’d be lucky to win one of the next three, yet we managed to get 5 of 6 points. I think the guys put up a great effort considering have to travel back east to play a hot Buffalo club after the travel of a western road trip.
    Anyway glad Markov is back — some rust but what do you expect after being away for over 400 days. I do agree that Bourque is one frustrating player to watch — what will it take to motivate the guy, maybe a cattle prod!

  13. krulmadden says:

    Sh*t. Ah well we got a point.

  14. showey47 says:

    Something to look forward to this wednesday the 14th,celebrating a holiday and a habs game

  15. Castor says:

    This fail for Nail thing isnt good. It should be fail for Grigorenko. We don’t need a winger.
    Grigorenko is 200 pounds. 6’3 center. He has 39 goals 45 assists and is plus 36 in 57 games.

  16. smiler2729 says:

    Gauths Head Soup, no meat.

    Jack Edwards is a clam, Bruins are pukes.

  17. habstrinifan says:

    Well the Buffalo win means another nail in the Leafs coffin.

    • Bill says:

      I’m worried that Leafs fans have lost hope. It’s way more fun when they have hope.

      Here’s what I’d like see: they start Reimer the next game and he gets a lucky shut-out, then they win the next one too. All of a sudden Reimer is the second-coming again and the fans smell playoffs. They ride the enthusiasm all the way to ninth, get a crap pick, and of course the fans are still psyched about next year based on a strong finish.

      That sounds ideal to me.

      Full Breezer 4 Life

    • jedimyrmidon says:

      Sure seems like the Leafs have lost hope. Now they’re gunning for a lottery pick… the lottery pick that should be the Habs’.

      Wouldn’t be so bad for the Leafs if they were having a bad season like the Habs all season, but year after year they find a way to flame out all on their own, falling from a playoff spot and out.

  18. alfieturcotte says:


    Another loss and another reminder of how bad our GM is. Bourque who is still owed $13MM-$14MM for the next 4 seasons (btw, Cammy owed $12MM for only 2 seasons), is the softest “grinder” I’ve ever seen. At least AK46, threw his body around and scored some goals (and he will continue to do so with the Preds because he will get the ice time).

    We need a new GM and coach who can start fresh. Draft, and trade/get rid of these awful spare parts — Bourque, Weber, Kaberle, Campoli, etc…..

  19. jedimyrmidon says:

    Not too disappointed with the loss. I’m happy they showed heart and scored with 5sec left at the end of a long road trip out West.

    Markov is playing his second game in a while. I don’t mind the rustiness. He needs to get used to skating again. He seems to avoid backwards skating a lot.

    Bourque is a frustrating player to watch. He doesn’t contribute anything even though I’m sure he could with some effort. AK was an enigma, but Bourque is not even that. He’s just floating around, dumping pucks here and there, peeling off for a change at the earliest opportunity, always gets rubbed out along the boards, etc.

    • Marc10 says:

      Did Bourque play?

      Meh… We knew that’s the guy we’d be getting. Players like that will always exist and we need to find a way to get them to work.

      I’d be curious to know what his pre-game prep is like. He’s probably not focused enough. Next year, I’d have him share a room (if they still do that) with Gionta. I’d ask Gio, the consumate professional, to guide this guy into becoming a real pro. He’s a floater…

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Yeah, unfortunately this guy seems to need a lot to get him going. I’d rather have AK as the enigma. Who did Bourque play with in Calgary?

      • Adidess says:

        I couldn’t imagine a guy like Bourque being more enigmatic than Kostitsyn and more invisible than Cammy, when Cammaleri is not scoring. I could see him become the most frustrating player on the team next year, after Gomez retires, is bought out, sent to Hamilton, or returns to his glorious form of 6/7 years ago 🙂

        I want a good pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Enigma to me means a player that inconsistently shows flashes of brilliance like AK. Bourque hasn’t shown such flashes. The coaches need to examine how Bourque consistently produced in Calgary and try to fit that into the current system.

        • Mr. Biter says:

          When we traded for Bourque a friend of mine in Calgary said we were taken. Bourque will score when the game is out of reach but for a big guy was areal pu#$y. Said Flames laughing all the way to the rink. Hate to say he was right. Cammy should still be here but the goat cannot have anyone talk to the media without his okay. Takes away any pluses he had for getting Cole who was a really good pick up. We may have gotten a little bigger with Bourque but Cammy was the better player.

          Mr. Biter
          No Guts No Glory

    • otter649 says:

      Markov should be/could be wearing a knee brace – It takes awhile to get used to wearing one……..

      • Mr. Biter says:

        I’m quite sure he is. Broke my knee cap in a racquetball tournamnet and have had to wear the brace ever since. And that was no where as bad as Markov’s injuries were.

        Mr. Biter
        No Guts No Glory

  20. boing007 says:

    Sabres are boring.

    Richard R

  21. Sal from the Hammer says:

    Good game. Got a point we didn’t want, but, nice to give the Sabers a little scare nevertheless. Puts them 2 more points up on the Laffs., and, keeps the Habs in last place. Win, win. PG/BG one step closer to end of the line. unfortunate that BG may have tainted a great legacy but, his finger prints are all over the demise of the Habs. Time to walk away and enjoy just being a once elite Hab, nothing wrong with that….

  22. novahab says:

    PG get on the phone and call Roy. Let him have a few games with some of these losers and tell you where to stick them. We all know CC is gone after the season why wait. Just sign him get him here and let get ready for next year.

  23. naweed235 says:

    did my post just get removed for saying “Freaking” ??? are you freaking kidding me?

  24. Bill says:

    I hesitate to interrupt the massive spaz-out that is presently engulfing the site, but … the Habs scraped out a point against a pretty hot Buffalo team, on the road. They tied it up with seconds left. Just about everyone on the team had a decent game: nobody blew it.

    Habs picked up 5 points out the last six, all on the road. No-one has looked bad, except maybe Bourque, though in fairness he has mainly looked invisible.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  25. FanCritic says:

    we have a good 1st line the other three needs a lot of changes. other than Pleks and Gionta no one would be untouchable this summer.

  26. punkster says:

    I’m still a little surprised that a few people here hold a belief that the Habs will purposely throw games to get a higher draft pick. And those who get angry when they play well, win or tie.

    They’re professionals. They play for money, enjoyment, pride and their team mates. I sincerely doubt they play to lose.

    ***Subbang Baby!!!***

    • gumper says:

      Hard to tell the difference between doing it “on purpose” and just doing their best. Don’t confuse hoping they’ll lose with wanting them to lose. They’re two entirely different things. A high draft pick would mean a lot more to this team than squeaking into 10th place.

      • punkster says:

        Of course it would but I was pointing out that there are a few here, and I don’t mean HH and the regular “tank corps”…just look at some recent comments…a few who actually believe the players should be throwing games to get a higher pick. They won’t do that and it’s unrealistic to believe they would.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  27. Marc10 says:

    Fair result. The boys made it interesting.

    We’re still the Least of the East and Buffalo gets to make a run at a 4 game sweep in the first round.

  28. HabInToronto says:

    Finally we showed some heart…..but how are we going to get rid of Bourque and Kaberle they cannot be on our roster they should be playing another sport…

  29. C-Sword says:

    Overtime goal scored by the guy who should have been thrown out of the game for a dirty hit.

    • Dr.Rex says:

      Things like this seem to be a regular occurence for us in the last few years.

      IF this happened to the Bruins then Jack Edwards would be declaring a revolution amongst the tea baggers.

  30. Adidess says:

    You know, now I am happy when they win, and not so pissed off when they lose. Is that how tanking works or I still have ways to go?

    I want a good pick. It would really suck to suck this bad and have suckers like the Leafs outsuck us down the stretch and suck away our draft pick.

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