Before I start, Here’s a brief injury report:
- Spacek is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury.
- Ryan White underwent sports hernia surgery today and will be out indefinitely. (via @JohnLuTSNMtl)
Montreal’s 2011-2012 home opener started with player introductions. The loudest of ovations going to F Max Pacioretty, participating in his first game at home since his injury last March. Almost more satisfying than that, was hearing how the Bell Centre reacted when Calgary steeped on the ice. A steady “boooooooooooooooo” that grew into a “go habs go” “go habs go!!” GO HABS GO!”.
Early in the first, Montreal struck. After a missed shot by Pacioretty bounced off the end boards to Kostitsyn, all AK46 had to do was slide it into the empty cage. Montreal’s early success was short lived. While on the PP, Flames forward Rene Bourque put a speedbump in Price’s path towards his 100th win by blasting a shot over Carey’s shoulder. Price’s milestone would become considerably harder after a goal by Hagman (also on the PP) to make it 2-1 and then a goal by Moss after a great pass from Tanguay would make it 3-1. I think it’s safe to say that the Montreal offence was missing Cammaleri. They were unable to sustain much pressure in the first period.
1st period ends at 3-1 Flames.
First half of the Second showed more of the back and forth action from the first, but no scoring. Montreal was successful in applying more pressure, yet could not solve Miikka Kiprusoff. Any momentum Montreal may have gotten by their minor offencive surge was extinguished when Bourque potted his second of the game. Montreal was able to apply some heavy pressure late in the period which lead to a Power play where some chances were had, but still no goals.
2nd period ends 4-1 Flames
The 3rd period was actually pretty boring, not much happened at all. A couple penalties, a few chances for each team and a whole lot of turnovers. Other than that, not much to get excited over. I’d be pissed if I were a Habs fan who payed to watch this game.
Final score 4-1. Habs lose and fall to 1-2-0.
Here are the 3 stars:
3- David Moss. 1G plus-1 rating in 12:44.
2- Rene Bourque. 2G. ’nuff said.
1- Miikka Kiprusoff. I know it’s kind of like taking the easy way out by giving the first star to a goalie, but I have to give credit where credit’s due. Miikka saved 35 of 36 shots thrown at him for a .972 save %. Hats off to Miikka.
And tonight’s (NOT) Player of the Game goes to…..
HAL GILL! If I could I would have just given this award to Montreal’s entire defencive unit. They all played bad, but Gill played exceptionally dismal with a minus-2 rating. Worst for both teams. Gill could barely keep up with the Calgary forwards, and did an even worse job covering them. I hope Gill bounces back. Good luck Saturday against the Avs!
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