I know, I know it’s been about a week since I’ve last posted and this recap is really late. Truck loads of work have been dumped on me since Halloween so I’m just now getting back into the swing of things in the hockey world.
Saturday night Montreal squared off with the New York Rangers in the second night of back to back games for the Habs after a 6 day break. In the night prior, Montreal beat a smouldering Ottawa team to extend their winning streak to 4 games. Montreal was not as fortunate last night when a bad first period dug them a hole too big to climb out of.
I had my own hockey to go to last night which started at the exact same time as the Habs/Rangers game so I missed the entire thing. However, I tried my best to connect the dots by watching the highlights and examining the boxscore both provided on nhl.com. From what I saw, I looked like Montreal came out pretty flat and let the Rangers take a 3-0 lead in the first. After the first, I inferred that Montreal came out much stronger and many good chances, hit posts a few times and would end up cutting the lead to 3-2. Rangers would stop the momentum when Richards put one past Price to make it 4-2. From what I saw, Price didn’t play his best, didn’t lose Montreal the game, but he could have come up with some big saves on the goals to help Montreal win.
And apparently, the refs were not exactly calling the game fair. Montreal took 13 penalties while the Rangers had only 6. Even without watching the game, I can tell that something was up. Jared Horner, (our other Canadiens writer) can expalin everything that happened regarding the refs and the game over on his youtube channel
Montreal`s best players, point wise, were:
Tomas Plekanec (3A) With the 3 points Pleks now has sole possession of the team`s top scorer with 12 points.
Brian Gionta (1G, 1A) The captain chips in with his third goal and fifth assist on the year.
Max Pacioretty (1G) A bunch of players had one point, but I`m mentioning Pacioretty not only because I like him, but because this was his fifth goal witch ties him with Kostitsyn for Montreal`s top goal scorer.
Sorry for the lack of info, but that`s what happens when you have a conflicting schedule.