Brian Gionta scored on an overtime penalty shot to give the Canadiens a 1-0 win over the new York Rangers Saturday night in the final game of the regular season for both teams.
Canadiens Game Story
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 19 shots and the DNew York Islanders defeated the Canadiens 2-0 Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Islanders got two second power play goals against the usually reliable Montreal penalty killing units and shut down down whatever offense the Canadiens were able to muster the rest of the way to ensure the victory.
It was scoreless until the game’s 48th minute when Dale Weise it up. Chicago’s Jeremy Morin answered just over three minutes later. The Habs Francis Bouillon quickly answered that goal 27 seconds later to make it 3-2 thus setting the stage for the last minute Chicago rally.
The Canadiens gave up a 3-0 lead and then scored two late third period goals to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Brian Gionta scored twice including the winning goal. Max Pacioretty scored his 39th goal of the season. With the win the Canadiens pull four points ahead of Tampa Bay in the battle for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Max Pacioretty scored three goals to lead the Canadiens to a come from behind 7-4 win over the Ottawa Senators Friday night at the Canadiens Tire Centre. Pacioretty now has 38 goals including a league leading eleven game-winners. With the win, which was their ninth in their last eleven games, the Canadiens again pulled two points ahead of idle Tampa in the race for home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Canadiens play the Ottawa Senators for the fifth and final time this season Friday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators won the first game 4-1 in November. Since then all three games have been decided in overtime with the Canadiens winning twice and Ottawa once. Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Canadiens against Craig Anderson.
Carey Price made a lopsided game close with another standout performance but even he wasn’t enough to prevent the Tampa Bay Lightning from recording a 3-1 win Tuesday night at Tampa. Tyler Johnson broke a 1-1 tie with a shorthand goal early in the third period and Alex Killorn scored into an empty net. Despite the loss, because of a loss by the Washington Capitals, the Canadiens clinched a playoff berth.
The Hamilton Bulldogs can consider the Texas leg of their difficult nine game – eighteen day road trip a decent success. Playing four games in five days Hamilton came away with a split in games. They were beaten twice by the AHL leading Texas Stars at Austin but were able to complete a sweep of
Led by two goals from Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens defeated the Florida Panthers 4-1 Saturday night at Sunrise. It was the Canadiens fifth win in a row and their 8th in the last nine games. The line of Desharnais, Pacioretty and Vanek accounted for all four of the Canadiens goals and had a total of
The Canadiens posted their fourth consecutive win Thursday with a 5-4 win over the Red Wings in Detroit Thursday night. Tomas Plekanec scored twice and the line of Vanek/Desharnais/Pacioretty accounted for the other three goals.