All Habs GameDay: Wednesday April 17, 2013

On this day in hockey history… In 1997 – Martin Brodeur became just the second goaltender to score a goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs when his empty-netter sealed a 5-2 win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

GAMEDAY: Battle at the top.

2nd in the East
1st in the East
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Road Record: 13-5-2
Last Ten Games: 6-4-0
Goals For: 131
Goals Against: 107
PP Percentage: 22.3 (4th)
PK Percentage: 81.8 (15th)
Home Record: 16-5-0
Last Ten Games: 8-2-0
Goals For: 141
Goals Against: 102
PP Percentage: 23.8 (2nd)
PK Percentage: 78.9 (25th)
Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
7:00 p.m. EST

(Will be updated following game day skate.)


– Ryan White has been taken out of the lineup, pending his suspension call.
– Michael Blunden or Gabriel Dumont will be inserted into the lineup.
– Yannick Weber will play in the place of Nathan Beaulieu.
– Michael Ryder will not play tonight. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
– No updates at this time.
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Brandon Prust
Travis Moen – Jeff Halpern – Michael Blunden | Gabriel Dumont
Chris Kunitz – Jussi Jokinen – Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow – Pascal Dupuis – Beau Bennett
Matt Cooke – Brandon Sutter – Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Andrei Markov – Francis Bouillon
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Yannick Weber – Davis Drewiske
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Douglas Murray – Matt Niskanen
Mark Eaton – Simon Despres
Carey Price – Peter Budaj Marc-Andre Fleury – Tomas Vokoun
Raphael Diaz (concussion), Colby Armstrong (lower body injury), Gabriel Dumont, Tomas Kaberle, Alexei Emelin (knee), Ryan White (pending suspension), Nathan Beaulieu, Michael Ryder (upper body) James Neal, Paul Martin, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin
BudajPeter Record: 7-1-1
GAA: 2.19
Sv%: .915
SO: 1
EV GA/60: 2.29
Fleury Record: 21-6-0 (tied for 1st in wins)
GAA: 2.26 (13th)
Sv%: .919 (16th)
SO: 1 (tied for 25th)
EV GA/60: 1.88 (7th)


1PKSubbanP.K. Subban P.K. Subban: 11G, 25A, 36PTS
Michael Ryder: 16G, 18A, 34PTS
Max Pacioretty: 12G, 22A, 34PTS
CrosbySidney Crosby Sidney Crosby: 15G, 41A, 56PTS
Chris Kunitz: 21G, 26A, 47PTS
Pascal Depuis: 20G, 15A, 35PTS

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

► Battle of the two top teams in the Eastern Conference: 

  • For the third and final team of the season, the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins will face-off, both currently top teams in the Eastern Conference with the latter of the two holding the throne.
  • The Canadiens had lost the first match-up (a wild one) at the Bell Centre back on March 2 by the score of the 7-6.
  • Carey Price had bounced back in the following game on March 26 at the Consol Energy Center, delivering a solid performance while his team couldn’t pick up a single goal. The Canadiens ended up losing this one by the score of 1-0.
  • In this final game of the season between both teams, Peter Budaj will get the start for the Canadiens after Michel Therrien decided Carey Price needs a mental rest.
  • The Penguins continue to excel this season, even without key players in the lineup like some guys I heard of called Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Supposedly, they’re pretty good.

► Max Pacioretty likes the Flyers (too bad they won’t play them again):

  • Max Pacioretty has been productive against the Philadelphia Flyers this season.
  • Against the Flyers this season, Pacioretty has picked up a goal and five assists for six points in three games averaging two points per game.
  • His three two-point games give him thirteen on the season, but he’s never had more than two points in a game this season.

► Norris-Watch:

  • P.K. Subban added two assists to his season total against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
  • Subban now leads all Canadiens players in points with 36 (11 goals and 25 assists), two more than both Michael Ryder and Max Pacioretty who have 34 points a piece.
  • P.K. also leads all NHL defencemen with 36 points, five more than the current runner up Ryan Suter who has 31 points.
  • His [Subban] 11 goals are also tops amongst NHL defencemen but Mike Green has closed the gap and is one goal behind with 10.
  • Norris?

► Rookie Watch:

  • Monday night, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher both picked up a goal in the 7-3 loss to the Flyers.
  • Gallagher now totals 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points on the season.
  • Galchenyuk has 7 goals and 15 assists for 22 points on the season.
  • Respectively, they rank third and sixth for total points amongst rookies in the league.

Top 10 NHL Rookies / Total Points

  1. Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA): 13G, 14A, 27PTS
  2. Cory Conacher (TBL): 10G, 16A, 26PTS
  3. Brendan Gallagher (MTL): 13G, 11A, 24PTS
  4. Brandon Saad (CHI): 9G, 15A, 24PTS
  5. Nail Yakupov (EDM): 10G, 13A, 23PTS
  6. Alex Galchenyuk (MTL): 7G, 15A, 22PTS
  7. Mike Zibanejab (OTT): 7G, 13A, 20PTS
  8. Justin Schultz (EDM): 6G, 14A, 20PTS
  9. Alex Killorn (TBL): 7G, 11A, 18PTS
  10. Patrick Wiercioch (OTT): 4G, 14A, 18PTS

Post Game Quotes: Habs vs. Flyers

Coach Michel Therrien:

  • “I’m not here to talk about players. It’s really general.”
  • “Everyone involved in tonight’s game was not ready to play.”
  • “It’s pretty simple. It’s a game of pride. You have to come to the rink ready to play. You have to come to the rink and pay attention to detail and make sure you get the right attitude. This is exactly what we are not doing the last two games, with the results that we see.”
  • “There’s no work ethic out there right now. We’re not paying attention to detail. It’s disappointing.”

Tomas Plekanec:

  • “We have to go back to our game, start skating and start winning battles. For the biggest part of the season we were winning those battles, we were always first to the puck and always faster than the other teams. We let [Price] down and that definitely shouldn’t happen. He’s our goalie and we should be working to help him out a lot more than we are. He made two huge stops in that opening period and it could have been way more than 2-1 after the first.”

Brendan Gallagher:

  • “[Price] made some big saves tonight and this definitely isn’t on Carey. As a group we’ve been giving up way too many chances and he still came up with some big saves in the first on a few breakaways. He gave us a chance to come back after the first period. It was only a 2-1 game because he was so good.”

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