In the Montreal Canadiens’ 4th game of the 2011-2012 season saw them square off against a hot squad in the Colorado Avalanche, who have started the season great highlighted by their win over the defending champions, the Boston Bruins. With a disappointing 4-1 loss to Calgary on Thursday, Carey Price was still in search for his 100th win. Price hopes that rocking new pink pads for Breast Cancer research would help him towards this milestone.
Montreal was buzzing in the first period. Although they didn’t strike first, Kobasew’s goal didn’t phase the Canadiens. The player rapidly becoming one of favourites, Max Pacioretty made me proud with his 2nd of the year after he followed up on his own rebound to put one past Varlamov. When the first was all said and done Montreal had amassed 17 shots and the Avalanche, 9. One of Montreal’s most exciting periods of the year for sure, and yet the score is tied. 1-1 after one.
The second period did not fail to bring the excitement, Only difference between the first and second, was the fact that most of the excitement was in favour of the Avalanche. (and more goals were scored). Early on, Montreal had a 5-3 powerplay where Plekanec slapped a rocket off the crossbar and in. Shortly after another Montreal shot again hit the crossbar, but directed high instead of in. Later, Pacioretty was in the box when David Jones flipped one over Price making it 2-2. Less than a minute later, Subban made a giveaway that, pretty much secures his spot in the (NOT) Player of the Game. Everyone knows that if you’re the last man back, you don’t deke. Stastny took advantage and slid one past Price on the break away. Travis Moen made up for Subban’s mistake by powering past the Colorado defence and scoring a beauty. It’s Now 3-3. Very late in the period David Jones scored his second of the game on a total cheese goal. I’m baffled as to how Price let it past him. The second period ends at 4-3.
A lot of exciting play in the first half of the third. Montreal had their chances but Varlamov shut the door on each one. Montreal’s saving grace finally came at 12:57 When Captain Gionta potted one from in front of the net. Only 20 seconds later, the Canadiens scored one of their nicest goals of the season. Kostitsyn fed Pacioretty with a sweet between the legs pass, Pacioretty then slid it across to Davis Desharnais where he would redirect it to take the lead. The Bell centre exploded. But, the Avalanche acted as the buzzkills, when Quincey tied it at 5 to send it to OT. Nothing to show in OT. So we go to a shootout. Price was miserable in the SO, never even touched the puck. On the other side, Varlamov also never touched the puck as both MTL shooters missed. Plekanec actually hit the crossbar, but still.
Montreal falls to 1-2-1.
3-Brian Gionta. 1G 2A. Gionta showed why he’s wearing the “C” tonight with a big goal right when Montreal needed it.
2-David Jones. 2G 1A. Jones was the main contributer to Colorado’s win with 2 goals and a helper. He also effectively screened Price on Quincey’s goal.
1-Max Pacioretty. The man know as “patches” or “Pac-man” was great tonight. Awesome on the forecheck and backcheck. He also had a goal and an assist and get this, 8 shots giving him 18 shots on the season.
And the (NOT) Player of the Game…
Carey Price. The lack of enthusiasm can be explained by the fact that I didn’t want to give it to him. But I had to. 25 for 30 with a .833 SV%. Price also had no confidence in the SO. Sorry Carey, I wish you a good game Tuesday vs. Buffalo.
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