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Montreal Canadiens vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (Game Number 62) Live Thread


The Greatest Rivalry In The History Of Hockey (or something) continues tonight as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit La Belle Province for their fourth game of the season against the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs can tie the Canadiens in points with a win, but the Habs would still hold the edge because of regulation and overtime wins.

As I’m writing this, the Tampa Bay Lightning just beat the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-2 (thank you, NHL Centre Ice free preview). This means the Lightning are tied with the Habs for second in the Atlantic Division, and a Leaf win tonight will make it a three-way tie. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets all won today. All four teams are hot on the Leafs’ heels for a wild-card spot.

So yeah, the Leafs still have 20 games to play in the season, but things are going to start getting real tight in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A big win tonight against one of the teams ahead of them will go a long way in hopefully establishing some much-needed confidence.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price injured himself at some point during Canada’s dominant gold medal-winning performance in Sochi, and won’t be in net tonight. Peter Budaj, who has a solid .920 save percentage this season, will get the start. Laval, Quebec native Jonathan Bernier will get another start for the Leafs. He’ll hope to rebound from a poor game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Peter Holland was called up from the Toronto Marlies and it looks like he’ll slot in as the third-line centre. Colton Orr, Frazer McLaren and Paul Ranger all appear to be out tonight. For the whole lineup picture, along with viewing information and other noteworthy tidbits, read the preview.

My prediction for the game: The Leafs will win. 4-1. Nikolai Kulemin will score a goal. What say you?

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Tags: Carey Price Jonathan Bernier Peter Budaj Peter Holland Popular Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tim Bayer

    McLaren in, Smith out.

  • Tim Bayer

    Great anthem. No singer, just the crowd singing half French/half English.

  • Tim Bayer

    I like the white unis more than the blue ones. #hotsportstake

  • Tim Bayer

    Why is Subban getting booed in MTL’s own barn?

    • Tim Bayer

      I guess because there are a lot of Leafs fans here.

  • Tim Bayer

    Shout-out to the dude in the Grabovski jersey a few rows from ice level in the left corner of the Leafs end.

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs may have had too much pre-game poutine.

  • Tim Bayer

    Habs are buzzing. Leafs look sluggish. Bernier still cool as a cucumber.

  • Tim Bayer

    oh

  • Tim Bayer

    Leafs fail to clear off faceoff, Galchenyuk shoots quickly from the slot and beats the screened Bernier. 1-0 Habs.

  • Tim Bayer

    I love how Bob Cole calls Gunnarson “Goonerson”.

  • Tim Bayer

    ‘Nother goal. Pacioretty with the quick backhander in the slot beats Bernier under his glove. Great shot really. 2-0

  • Tim Bayer

    NOW MY PREDICTION IS WORTHLESS *crumples up Internet paper* *throws towards trash bin* *misses*

  • Tim Bayer

    Lupul hit the post and Kessel had a couple shots from off the side. Leafs showing some life.

  • Tim Bayer

    SCORE

  • Tim Bayer

    JvR with the tip beside the net beats Budaj five-hole. 2-1

    • Tim Bayer

      Kessel had the quick shot from the left boards.

  • Tim Bayer

    Raymond took a slapper on a two on one with Holland but missed the net.

  • Tim Bayer

    It’s snowing like crazy in Chicago. That game’s probably gonna be worse than the Winter Classic.

  • Tim Bayer

    I might actually fall asleep. This game is bad.

  • Tim Bayer

    WOW

  • Tim Bayer

    Budaj gets a toe on the Kessel one-timer after the great cross-crease pass through the legs by JvR.

  • Tim Bayer

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim Bayer

    JvRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!

  • Tim Bayer

    Tie game!

  • Tim Bayer

    AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim Bayer

    KESSSSSELLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim Bayer

    I don’t know how that puck ended up on Kessel’s stick but man…he ripped that!

  • Tim Bayer

    well dangit.

  • Tim Bayer

    Ha. Great dive by JvR. I mean, er, “embellishment”.

  • Tim Bayer

    Hahahahahaha David Desharnais is really bad.

  • Pridenpoise

    4-1, bwaaaaa, keep your day job. Go Habs Go.

    • Tim Bayer

      Fortunately I’m not a betting man.