About 90 minutes before the opening faceoff, the game became secondary news when the Canadiens announced that assistant coach Perry Pearn will no longer needed behind the Habs bench. No one saw this coming or even saw it as necessary. Just get on with vanquishing the root of the problem, Martin. Why make others the scapegoat for Martin’s lousy coaching. If Gauthier makes more moves like this, Martin won’t be the only one Montreal fans want fired. If other, happier news, Max Pacioretty Suited up for the Canadiens tonight after being expected to miss about a week with a partial tear in his wrist. Somebody get this guy a cape and some spandex, because I doubt he’s human and he saved me from giving all hope up.
First period, like almost all periods, was not good to Montreal. For all the period the Habs sucked large in their own end, showing extreme sloppiness. Jagr capitalized on bad defensive positioning by putting one by Price to make it 1-0. Only at 19:57 could Montreal tie it up. For the second straight game Montreal scored on the PP. A nice play by Plekanec to coral a lose puck and feed it to Yannick Weber where he would blast one Bryzgalov from the point.
First period ends 1-1
A whole new team came out in the second, the bad defensive play was hardly an issue as most of the time was spent in the Flyers end. Montreal would take a 3-1 lead by period’s end. The first goal of the second period went to Andrei Kostitsyn. Among the chaos of a scramble at the top of Bryz’s crease, a lose puck would hit off on AK’s skate. It would go upstairs, but the call would stand. The man now being dubbed as the “Wolverine” (partially because he has the power of instant healing like comic book character, “Wolverine” and because he played as a “Wolverine” at Michigan University) scored his third after great offensive pressure by the Habs.
Second period ends 3-1
The dominance would continue though the third. Wolverine would make it 4-1 in a game he wasn’t even supposed to play in, this guy just continues to amaze me. The final Montreal goal was scored by Mike Cammalieri. The goal came on the tail end of an amazing shift for the line of Cammaleri-Desharnais-Cole. The Philly D just could not handle them.
Montreal wins 5-1 and are now 2-5-2.
Another positive for the Habs: After 5 failed attempts, Carey Price finally got his 100th win. In the same game he swapped his pink pads for some regular ones. In my mind, that winless streak will forever be credited to “The Curse of the Pink Pads”. The Habs are now 2-1-0 when Carey is not wearing pink pads.
Hopefully this win acts as a turning point in the Habs’ season. Let this be the last time Montreal loses more than 3 games in a row. Will that happen? I don’t know. Montreal still has problems, mainly behind the bench. Though Martin will probably get less flack after a great game like that. Let’s just see if he can muster a win against Boston tomorrow.