In the 6th game of their season, The Habs were looking to prove themselves after a far from ideal start. Maybe more than any other player, Carey Price is in a position where he needs to show the rest of the league that he is still an elite goaltender. He would normally have a tough time doing so against a Penguins roster stacked with talent with players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. But as we know both superstars are sidelined due to injury. Now Price will only have to worry about forwards like James Neal or Jordan Staal. Which is actually not exactly an easy task. Among the two they have 13 points in 8 games. Luckily, the Habs also did not have to worry about the Penguins co-leading scorer, Kris Letang because tonight was the 2nd game served in his 2 game suspension.
The first period only saw one goal. Unfortunately for the Habs, it was Pittsburgh who drew first blood. James Neal got his 7th by squeaking one barely past Price, must have only gone in by an inch. Montreal was not without chances in the first. The first scoring chance came off a quick shot from the slot by Cole after receiving a pass from the corner. Plekanec had a similar chance only minutes later. The best of chances went to Mathieu Darche, all alone on a breakaway and decided to shoot for the five hole, the shot was smothered by Fleury. Price put up a very good period, stopping 15 of 16 shots. One of which was a great diving save on Sullivan. It would have been a candidate for save of the year if Sullivan had not taken so long to get his shot off.
The second was very similar to the first. In both periods, Montreal didn’t score and Pittsburgh scored once. Pittsburgh’s goal was scored on a shot tipped by Joe Vitale after a weak clearing attempt by Emelin. Max Pacioretty gave me my biggest scare of this young season, after colliding with a Penguins defender, he headed to the dressing room clutching his shoulder. Pacioretty returned so quickly that I doubt he even missed a shift After that, the second was very boring. It failed to catch hold my attention, and I ended up getting distracted by something on my computer and missed the last few minutes.
The third was just about as boring and mundane as the first two. Asham scored a batted out of the air goal. Then nothing, until a minute left when Gionta scored on a nice slapper. Most. Boring. Game. Ever.
This game was unbearable. Neither team played awful, neither team played good. Price was the only one who was there to play, even though he let in 3 goals. 2 of which he had very little chance at saving and the other just barely squeaked in.
Something needs to change, I’m not watching this team for another 76 games.