Max-Pac the hero!


Postgame Audio: Peter Budaj | David Desharnais | Jacques Martin | Max Pacioretty

Pat Hickey‘s game story:

Max Pacioretty scored at 2:31 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win  over the Nashville Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena.

P. K. Subban stepped up to corral a loose puck and he fed the puck to Pacioretty, who tucked a shot under the crossbar against Pekka Rinne.

The goal gave Peter Budaj his first win as a Canadien. The backup goaltender, who was making only his second start of the season, made 25 saves.

The win gave the Canadiens a sweep of their two-game road swing through Phoenix and Nashville.They remain 12th in the Eastern standings but they are only two points behind eighth-place Tampa Bay.

David Desharnais, who is battling to keep his job at centre on one of the top two lines, advanced his cause when he opened the scoring at 13:49 of the opening period. Desharnais took a pass from Erik Cole, went to the net and was rewarded when a bouncing puck went in off his shin pad. Desharnais also picked up the second assist on the winning goal and won 10 of 16 faceoffs.

The Predators tied the score when Shea Weber scored a shorthanded goal at 3:20 of the second period. Weber beat Budaj on a slapshot from the top of the faceoff circle after Brian Gionta lost a faceoff to Nick Spaling in the Canadiens’ zone.

The Canadiens went 0-for-3 with the extra man and gave up the shorthanded goal. The penalty-killing unit was more successful. The Predators came up empty on four occasions, including a 47-second span when Nashville had a 5-0n-3 advantage but failed to get a shot on goal.

The Canadiens have a busy week ahead with four games in six nights, all against Eastern Conference teams. The Buffalo Sabres are at the Bell Centre Monday (7 p.m. TSN-A, RDS, TSN Radio-990) followed by a visit from the Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday. The team travels to Long Island Thursday and returns home to play the New York Rangers Saturday.


  1. btomson says:

    Audio doesn’t work…”forbidden access”??

  2. GUNKA DIN says:

    When the puck went past Auld it was same Auld same Auld. I never had confidence he could be a wall when it was needed most.

    Budaj impresses me as a stronger goalie. He represents an improvement in the backup scene. Nice to see in a solid team.

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  3. O-ZoneVertigo says:

    HI/O tech gurus: the audio links don’t work.

  4. DEANDALLEY says:

    Oh Shat!

    Going to be a Price VS Budaj for the rest of the season!

    “If your not first, your last”

  5. jimmy shaker says:

    Budaj was solid…..nice to see, since he’s been glued to the bench for a month or so. Price back at it on Mon and Wed and then Budaj will go on Thurs. and most likely Sat. Eller and weber were pretty shite tonight, Cammy was decent on the offensive side of the puck but very very lathargic in the D zone, his team leading -5 is starting to resemble gomer from last year…..but he’s hurt so I’ll give him a flyer. 4 pts out of 4…..lets keep it going boys!


  6. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what iz it aboot when We playz duh Phoenuxes end Predzterz of duh NHL zat I don’tz givez a zit ?
    …now, on to My Man Paquiao !

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  7. Bill says:

    Also, while I am not a fan of fighting, I did enjoy Travis Moen punching Tootoo in the face after he cross-checked PK in the back. Stand-up guy, old Travis.

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  8. Bill says:

    Budaj was great, nice to see. Desharnais played like his hair was on fire: he knows Gomez has his spot as soon as he goes a game without a point.

    I thought it was a really strong game by the D-corps tonight: Gorges, Gill, PK, and Spacek all had heroic moments, and Diaz and Weber were decent.

    Cammalleri was just robbed at least twice. Snake-bit. Plekanec was strong. Gionta was invisible. Gomez didn’t hurt … much.

    Again, great game by Budaj. Looked just as good as Price on this night, so maybe we don’t have to worry about our back-up goalie anymore?

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  9. arcosenate says:

    Funny that the CBC arses say the goal should never have gone in, obviously it would have been a tip or redirected shot, that’s how well Renne played tonight. Took a real effort to beat a super hot goaler, they played very well and they deserved the win, case closed, 4 points in the bank. not a bad road trip.

  10. WindsorHab-10 says:

    I say fire JM.

    “Hate Bruins like a sickness”

  11. Chuck says:

    Update… NESN deem Lucic’s illegal hit on Miller a ‘collision’… like is was some accident that happened on an icy Buffalo freeway.

    • 1010 says:

      CBC guys thought it was a great hit. PJ Stock absolutely loved the hit with Milbury and Hrudey feeling good about it also.
      MacLean was the only one who thought that perhaps it could have been a two minute minor.

      GO HABS…

  12. twocents says:

    Hey Boone, I’ve noticed who’ve canned the Hammer whine.

    What was it, the single point, or the team worst -3?

    He was valiant in his time, but ya gotta know when to let go.

  13. habsfan0 says:

    Subban scored the winning goal on a tip in tonight…with a high stick, no less.

    • HardHabits says:

      The puck was well in the net before Subban’s stick passed it’s trajectory.

    • Trisomy 21 says:

      ….you need to get out more if you have to go online and make crap up to get your kicks.
      Why don’t you go contemplate how your team can trade Komisarek for Doughty, how Schenn is the next Pronger and smoke Burke’s poll like any other normal leafs fan?

  14. twocents says:

    Update to the disbelievers.

    DD has now matched Grabnuts’s point total and he’s played one less game.

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