Liveblog: Man, they needed that!

Goal cellebration
Who are these guys?
The team that can’t score popped three in the second period to bust a tight game open.
Max Pacioretty, Mike Blunden (off a lovely pass by Scott Gomez) and David Desharnais, completing a tic-tac-toe play with his wingers, were the scorers.
Ron Reusch: “Put Lundqvist in here every night and the Canadiens would be undefeated.”
King Henrik was beaten three times in a six-shot span.
renΓ© Bourque played with Tomas Plekanec and had some big hits and chances.
Travis Moen left the game in the second period with a leg injury.

PRE-GAME AUDIO: Randy Cunneyworth | John Tortorella


  1. Mike11 says:

    RC is a very good coach. He played hard and expects his players to play hard. The entire team is playing hard, skating well, finishing checks, gong into corners and in front of the net.
    Cole is the best player on the team.
    Emelin hits and is agressive – good solid rookie, does not back down – a pleasure to watch.
    PK PK PK -get your head on right! It is NOT ALL ABOUT YOU!! Martin played you when he should have benched you. RC will NOT placate you (aka second period last night). You have the potential to be a Bobby Orr but not with your lame – brain attitude.
    How about AK on the point on the power play?
    RC is turning this team around. In the next ten games, they will be playing his type of hockey consistently.
    Playoffs???? Maybe!


  2. habs4ever says:

    Mr Molson…I beg you… call larry Robinson and offer him big bucks to work with our defense….what about scott stevens…or..chris chelios.

  3. Strummer says:

    Boo-Dawg was solid in net tonight against the top team in the East.

    Could this be 2010 redux when Halak took over from a struggling Price to lead the team to the post-season and beyond?

    “You have to be this tall to ride on this ride”
    -as posted in amusement parks across North America

  4. habs178 says:

    I think Budaj deserves another start. The guys played awesome in front of him, and he looked sharp. Price could use some rest me thinks.

    “How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
    ~Jacques Plante

  5. habsolutely416 says:

    its happend before and will continue to happen. younger players pushing older players out of their spots on the team. might/could be happening with players like eller/blunden/desharnais and pleks/gomez/AK.

    ill be in the slot πŸ˜‰

  6. the gonk says:

    Gomez played well – as a 7 Million Dollar 4th liner against the other team’s 4th. Can he keep it up next game? Blunden is playing his best hockey. Keep Emelin in the line-up, no more Campoli ever, ever again. Bourque looks like he sounds – kind of dumb and kind of good (and 3 million cheaper than whatshisface). Liked Pacioretty’s game lately, especially the fluke pass to DD. Hope Moen is okay (at least healthy come the trade deadline – no wait, I mean the playoff run!). Despite PK being a jackass, he’s 21 year old sophomore d-man that plays incredible minutes and anyone thinking of trading him should have his mouth taped shut. Eller makes mistakes, do not limit his ice time irrespective. Budaj was sharp. I understand (no doubt incorrectly) that Carey wants 7 million dollars for 10 years. Who do you think you are? Pekka Rinne? I knew Pekka Rinne. I went to school with Pekka Rinne. Pekka Rinne was a friend of mine and you, Carey, are no Pekka Rinne! Well, you probably are, so you’ll get your contract despite having won squat when it matters. Gauthier, you are a genius! At least for a single cold Sunday night in January. God bless.

    • shootdapuck says:

      And Pekka Rinne has won squat minus what?

      • the gonk says:

        The point being that they would be both overpaid. But Carey is still probably our best and most important player.

      • habs 17 says:

        price doesnt deserve 7 million dollars a year he hasnt won squat bail your team out once in a while? yeah a little support helps! to. but dont duck when a shoot comes at your head and enough with all the rebounds. one of the better goalies in the league when hes on his game ,but got to win some to

        • Boomer says:

          i like price but until he gets us beyond the first round of the playoffs, no more than 5 mil

          Boom baby!

        • habs178 says:

          Yeah, ducking when a puck comes in at his head, that makes me angry. As if you’re ducking!

          “How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?”
          ~Jacques Plante

  7. remi_10069 says:

    Gomez is a good hockey player. Can’t believe that it’s been almost a year since his last goal. He’ll get one against Washington. Bourque is good. Couple more changes needed and we’ll be able to compete.

    Get rid of Plek, PK, Weber and Diaz and replace with guys who play tough. Darche can join the coaching staff.


  8. Bill says:

    After the All-Star break they can throw Cole, Pacioretty, Bourque, Eller, Kostitsyn, Moen, White, Blunden, and Darche out there. That’s some really good size and a fair bit of speed and skill on the wings.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  9. WestHab says:

    I thought Gomez was good tonight.

    β€œMerci beaucoup.” Randy Cunnyworth

  10. Sharks9 says:

    Subban spat on Del Zotto? This going to get blown way out of proportion by people who hate him.

    25 before 14

  11. blu3chip says:

    I think we are officially not smurfs anymore πŸ™‚

  12. habs001 says:

    nice win..plecks not playing well…budaj in pitts or toronto as back to back…next games tell better story as islanders beat detroit tues 5-1….. if moen out next game nokia in or call up….

  13. JUST ME says:

    3 points out of 4 this weekend is more than anyone expected if i read correctly and in between the lines here.
    Good job Budaj ! Well deserved win. Liked what i saw from Bourque.Goes into traffic,quick passes,nice stick handling .Brings another dimension to the team.

    Will not mention name of number 11 to keep away spell but played a solid game and actually was involved !
    And of course great night for Cole ,DD and Max Pac. I like when i see players using their instinct.
    It`s either they have the Rangers number or this is a kind of team that the Habs can compete with .Fast,talented no roughness.
    One day at a time and for this one it was a team effort. Almost everyone had their role…Almost. Lets enjoy ok guys ?

  14. WestHab says:

    Blunden has really flourished since RC has taken over. Did you see him standing up for the new guy early in the first?

    β€œMerci beaucoup.” Randy Cunnyworth

  15. DorvalTony says:

    Reusch bad mouthing the goalie for the league-leading team?

    ”First of all, you have to have continuity if you are to have success,” Pollock told the New York Times. ”I think it gets the manager and the players to become more attached to each other.” – Sam Pollock

  16. HabFab says:

    Subban says he didn’t spit on Del Zotto and Del Zotto says he doesn’t know anything about this. Geez, why is this a big deal?

    Apparently Wilde asked Torts.

    • habsolutely416 says:

      rumors of subban spitting at del zotto. i havent been on yet but it wouldnt surprise me if they mention it.

      ill be in the slot πŸ˜‰

      • db says:

        TSN mentioned it of course.. It’s funny, but I think this is just a case of a 2D angle.. neither player was aware.

        Also, who isn’t spitting when they’re playing a sport on ice and drinking etc… it just happens, those benches can get nasty.

  17. habstrinifan says:

    Am I too excited or is there anyone else thinking that if PG makes one more right ‘pick-up’ (we have lots of options to trade and I am not talking superstar pick-up)… we could be on to something. Or is it too late.

    My preference trade some of our d-mobility for Neil type player.

  18. HardHabits says:

    The big news. Habs jump out to a 4-1 lead and hold it.

    As Robert L noted. Since RC has taken over there haven’t been any too many men on the ice penalties.

    The Habs played very well last the 3 games against 3 of the best teams in the league.

    Are the Habs Tankingβ„’? Probably not! Are they making the Pay-offsβ„’? Probably not!!

    But this team looks better today than it did on the 1st game of the season.

    As they are saying on the antichambre now the Habs need to bulk up the back end.

    This season doesn’t seem like the one so I still tout the concept of selling at the trade deadline if the Habs are where they are now in the standings. I think the Habs would be better served by trying to gather picks and or prospects and to shed some salary in the guise of shortness and softness to be able to strengthen considerably moving forward.

    Decisions have to made on redundancy on the team with an eye towards bulking and sizing up without compromising skill and speed.

    If the Habs follow this strategy, IMO, they could be a very good team in short notice.

    I still contend that this season is not about making the play-offs and trying to win the Cup. The Habs are however in a position to turn this lemon of a season into lemonade for the next one.

    Unless of course they go on a 10 game winning streak. And by that I mean soon.

  19. HabFab says:

    John Lu twits;
    Cunneyworth says injuries to Moen and Plekanec are not serious and that they should be fine for Capitals on Wednesday.

  20. HabinBurlington says:

    Uh Oh now I have dreams of the playoffs again….

  21. deuce6 says:

    Great game tonight, but I think we need some grease on the back end…Our D plays really soft in front of the net and down low…We need a Brooks Orpik type…A nasty SOB…


    Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

  22. ABHabsfan says:

    Does a game like that make you more frustrated or less? I’m not sure where I stand myself. Great game to watch. I like Eller between AK and Bourque. I guess Darche goes for popcorn when White comes back, Where is White anyway? I thought he was back this past week?

  23. drbenway says:

    Every team is exactly as good or as bad as their record. That’s why people follow sports: it relieves them of the difficult ambiguities of real life.

  24. SteverenO says:

    @TonyMaranaro – how do you spell backtrack? Rare that getting rid of one player has such a positive impact on the rest of the team.

    Wednesday will be a big test. The Caps have not Forgiven or Rorgotten, Bourque`s sat 5 games , his suspension is over but Backstrom is still out.

    It could get ugly. It could also be an opportunity for a team to come together, stand together, fight together, and send a message to the league . We are shooting for the playoffs!

    It can just as easily be turning point in the other direction.

    Cant wait to hear Marinaro explaining why he thinks Calgary “won” the trade.

    We finally have a line up that can win:

    Bourque & Gionta with Plek
    Patch & Cole with DD
    AK46 & Moen with Eller
    Blunden & Darche with Gomez.

    Nokillainen – replace Blunden, Darche or Gomez from time to time

    If RC wanted to be creative . he should make his wingers change independantly from the centers. he can roll 4 centers with three sets of wingers. keep Darche and Blunden for spot shifts.

    Been a while since the team looked good like this from start to finish.

    Been a while since the team looked like………………………….
    a team. period.

    Big mentions to Budaj- deserved a star.


    Steve O.

    • habsolutely416 says:

      nokia replace blunden from time to time? how about blunden replace AK and some others from time to time.

      ill be in the slot πŸ˜‰

    • LA Loyalist says:

      You’ve got a $7 million dollar guy on your 4th line.

      We can only afford one smurf – and I’ll take DD over Gionta. Sorry.

      Get two Bourque/Max Pac-type lads and get rid of Gionta and Gomez (somehow) get Markov back, and either Weber or Diaz for a Craig Ludwig type, and we can really turn the corner on this thing.

  25. Danno says:

    “nothing serious” said Cunneyworth when asked about the injuries this game just as RDS cut away from the presser.


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

  26. alfieturcotte says:

    Solid game from Gomez; we’ll need him to play smart the way he did tonight. Pleks invisible, again.

    Bourque is no Cole, does not have his speed nor skills. Jury is still out in a big way. Trading Cammy should have gotten us more in return than a 3rd line forechecker.


    • Mark C says:

      Since when do 3rd liner forecheckers rank 40th and 42nd in goals?

      • HabFab says:

        Alfie is not used to being happy. Must have some sentimental attachments to those blueshirts πŸ˜‰
        Enjoy the moment, we have had few enough of them this season.
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • deuce6 says:

      3rd line fore checker..LOL

      How many 3rd line fore checkers score nearly 60 goals in 2 years?


      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • Mad Habber says:

      You realize Bourque has more goals then Cammalleri right? Including the one he scored last night.

      Remember that he is also coming of a 5 game layoff, and adjusting to playing on a new team, with new teammates.

      • habsolutely416 says:

        funny how cammy was in front of the net when he scored last night. wouldnt go there when he was playing for the habs.

        ill be in the slot πŸ˜‰

      • alfieturcotte says:

        Sorry gentlemen, I call it as i See it. We should have gotten more for Cammy, especially this close to trade deadline. Bourque looked average, but Cole he is not.

        • HardHabits says:

          It’s addition by subtraction. I liked Cammy but I am not sorry to see him go. Bourque skated fast tonight, not unlike Cole, which gives the Habs another power forward.

          The Habs also traded a 5th for a 2nd.

          Although Ramo is a good prospect he is not going to come to North America as long as he is starting in the KHL unless he starts here.

          Holland is 9th in scoring in the WHL, ahead of Gallagher. He is 6’0″ but needs to bulk up as he weighs 175 lbs.

          At the very least the Habs added a player who brings size and grit, is willing to play a two-way game and will mix it up physically with his fists, elbows or checks as opposed to with chippy stick work at the same time as bringing the same points production.

          Plus the Habs shed more than 2.5M in salary.

          • Mad Habber says:

            Is Ramo really that good of a prospect? I thought he couldn’t hold down the starting job in Tampa so he bolted for the KHL.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      We also got a 2nd rd pick and the 9th overall scorer in the Dub and enough $ left over to get another 20 goal scorer which adds up to a good deal! Plus RB won’t crap himself in the corners. His speed looked pretty good on his first shift . I really don’t know which line is 1st, 2nd or 3rd anyway

  27. manu07 says:

    See if Gomez puts the same effort forward on Wednesday. Really, we have been playing better the last 3 games. What a difference if we could have pulled out a win agains the sens as and bruins. Those games the team played well…just bad luck and bad bounces. Hopefully we can string together some wins now.

  28. Danno says:

    Blunden calling to the faraway towns
    Now war is declared, and battle come down


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

  29. habstrinifan says:

    Yes Boone they NEEDED that…. mor eimportantly they DESERVED it. Yes Boone Blunden will stick around even when White comes back. PG has seen the light!

    Thank you guys.. actually 3 good games in a row.. despite only 3 points.

  30. nova scotia vees says:

    I like Bourque….as long as he doesn’t take dumb penalties or elbow anyone in the head. I hate that about today’s hockey.
    Gomez was an asset tonight…rare, I know, but hope springs eternal.
    And, perhaps Price could take a lesson from Budaj about standing-up more and being active “in the net”…not behind it.
    Time for another goal-tender controversy..ha,ha.

    • LA Loyalist says:

      Maybe Cammi getting traded and leaving town with few fan tears actually got Gomez’ attention and made him realize he needs to try and look like he’s earning his crust.

      • HabFab says:

        Apparently his reaction to Cammy being traded while he sat in the Boston press box was “Crap, now they will be hating me again!”

        Hopefully he enjoyed the brief reprieve enough to want a change.

  31. HardHabits says:

    Bourque and Kostitsyn with Plekanec is much better than Gionta and Cammy with Plekanec that’s for sure.

  32. novahab says:

    They would have beaten the Sens, if it wasn’t for the refs last night, The idoit waited till 2.37 tonight when he knew it was over to call something on the Rangers.

  33. AH says:

    BLUNDEN: this is the type of player the we need more of: big, hits, will fight and most of all WORKS HARD! I thought he deserved a star tonight for his effort alone. He even played well WITH Gomez, who can say that, LOL!

    • deuce6 says:

      Plugs tend to gel…


      Yes, I’m a Hab fan..Wanna fight about it?

    • habsolutely416 says:

      ive been saying all along, blunden could have some value if given the chance. he could be good for around 15 goals and would sign for what hes making now or a bit more..2-3 year deal wouldnt hurt.

      ill be in the slot πŸ˜‰

      • Mad Habber says:

        Blunden impressed me during the preseason. Whenever he was on the ice the play always seemed to be in the other teams end, and he throw his weight around. I didn’t know who he was then, (at first I thought it was Kostitsyn,) so I watched him more closely. For someone his size he doesn’t skate all that badly.

        Surprised Martin and company sent him down, what’s his name on TSN said Cunneyworth thinks he can score more than what he has shown. I thought to myself, interesting it would be nice to see someone break out as a Hab for once. Perhaps Cunneyworth will be the one to find a hidden gem.

  34. smiler2729 says:

    Plekanec and AK46 traded to Minnesota for Koivu

    Now THAT would be cool.
    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  35. JohnBellyful says:

    I just poured a couple of fingers of optimism into the glass and it’s back to being half-full.

  36. hansolo says:

    As much as I enjoy the win, I still feel the Habs would benefit from having some high drafts picks (top 5) for a change. I think RC might still get them to lottery territory…

  37. novahab says:

    Lets hear it for the Bell Street Brawlers , ok let sign Colton Orr before we play the Leafs.

  38. dallyd31 says:

    interesting stat…the Habs have only 8 less goals than the #1 Rangers. As mentioned…Habs not nearly as bad as their record indicates.

  39. novahab says:

    OK PG your sitting on 9 mil you can’t wait to the trade deadline and where the hell is Markov.

  40. Hobie Hansen says:

    Canadiens out hit the Rangers, there’s a fight in the 1st period to set the tempo…was that the Canadiens?

  41. Rad says:

    Avtsin the 1st star tonight against the Marlies. That boy is going to play for the Habs sooner than later. We’re on the way back, Tankers!

  42. smiler2729 says:

    Weird world…

    Charlie Sheen’s been normal
    The Packers and Saints are out of the playoffs
    Dion Phaneuf’s an All-Star starter
    Italian cruise ship captains… oh, nevermind
    the Habs beat the Rangers

    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  43. Stev.R says:

    If we aren’t drafting first, and we aren’t making the playoffs, then we are beating the Leafs in the standings!

  44. Peter Young says:

    Milbury says the Rangers took the night off–no credit to the Canadiens, who made them look like they were taking the night off.

  45. habsfan0 says:

    Minnesota scout at game. Who do Wild have that the Habs would want? Heatley?

  46. naweed235 says:

    any body else thinks Budaj deserves the next start ? that was one of the more solid goaltending performances all season… Including those by Pricey…
    hope Pleks and Moen are fine…

  47. twilighthours says:

    Bourque looks a lot like cole. The puck goes straight ahead, turn on the jets.

  48. HardHabits says:

    I have to confess. Even though I have touted Tankingβ„’ and rebuilding outside the play-offs, I still love it when these guys win.

    I had the idea for this avatar for some time now but when I read JT’s last article I had to fire up Photoshop and get to work.

  49. Habbu says:

    Lot more fun watching them attack
    In the third rather than have them standing at center ice waiting for the other team bringing it to them. Until Wednesday brothers

  50. aj says:

    Good Win. I feel kinda sad for Eller and AK during the 2nd period.

    • gehedan3 says:

      don’t feel bad for weither of them. RC has shown that is a player misses assignments and plays poorly, he’s not willing to give them icetime. I like that lesson.

  51. madhabsfan says:

    did plekanec come back?

  52. Jonβ„’ says:

    Undefeated w Bourque in the lineup

  53. Kimberly2u says:

    Budaj should have got a star

  54. Danno says:

    No star for Peter Budaj?


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

  55. novahab says:

    Now thats hockey! Except for 5 minutes in the second the Habs ruled and they played 60 minutes. Love the new style abd loving Cunneyworth if this is what he brings.

  56. danhabsfan says:

    Pretty nice game by Bourque… good start.
    What’s the status of the the injured guys?

  57. smiler2729 says:

    Finally, an ex-Avalanche backup that doesn’t suck!

    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  58. port elgin says:

    Put the “c” on Blunden
    Trade Price for a 4th line fighter, keep Budaj
    Extend Gomez contract another 5 years
    Give Rene the keys to the city

    Now we’re cookin’

  59. Habster says:

    AWESOME …. bring on the Caps .. we play like this and play-offs . here we come !!

  60. showey47 says:

    great game by budaj

  61. Rad says:

    Crowd wants Gomez to score. I can’t believe Montreal fans — so forgiving, and ever the optimists.

  62. Rad says:

    A PP goal here would be icing on the cake.

  63. Habster says:

    Put Gomez out for the PP, would love to see him score

  64. danhabsfan says:

    Why can’t they play with this speed every game???

  65. smiler2729 says:

    So hopefully Leblanc gets called back up if The Turtleneck is out

    Jack Edwards sucks chowdah chunks

  66. topher5468 says:

    There is a video on you tube saying that Subban spit at Del Zotto, anyone catch that, If he really did, Im sure there would have been a reaction by Del Zotto, no?

    “It’s not an obsession, It’s a way of life..”

  67. Rad says:

    Habs getting a little sloppy here.

  68. Habbu says:

    Rangers are big but the Habs are a lot faster

  69. Habster says:

    Great 3rd period by the Habs so far !!

  70. habsperspective says:

    Even when we win, we still lose.

    Hopefully, just a charlie horse for Moen. But I dont see Plex back.

  71. piter says:

    Look out, the Rangers woke the sleeping giant. Oh, sorry, it’s the ghosts of Habs past getting a better view.

  72. danhabsfan says:

    Any news on Moen?

  73. temekuhabs says:

    Plekanec took a hit along the boards from Callahan

  74. HabsFanMTL says:

    ok someone tell me when is White gonna be back??? or expected to be??

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