Canadiens Shut Down Coyotes

Lars Eller spun around after taking a smart back pass from Devante Smith-Pelly, fired the puck past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, and the goal, which would prove to be the winner, salvages the Canadiens dreadful western U.S. trip as the boys finally end up in the win column by blanking the Coyotes 2-0.

Smith-Pelly played a better all-round game than what we’ve seen, Carey Price notched his 7th shutout of the season and was his usual spectacular self, and Lars Eller was flying most of the night and redeemed himself in impressive fashion after taking a late-game penalty in L.A. that led to the tying goal by the Kings and all kinds of pain and grief for us.

Brendan Gallagher, set up by Tomas Plekanec, iced the thing with an empty netter.

It was a decent showing by the Canadiens, although the Coyotes sit 28th of 30 teams in the overall feebleness category, so maybe it wasn’t truly impressive. But it was a win that stopped the losing streak at three games, and for now we can take off our hard hats because the sky has stopped falling.

Random Notes:

Canadiens outshot the Coyotes 35-29, including 15-5 in the first period and 12-8 in the second, but the third frame saw Arizona post 15 shots to the Habs’ 8. But of course, our man Price was there to stop the nonsense.

Max Pacioretty had more than a few great chances to add to his 31 goals, but couldn’t beat Smith. DD, except for one blatant instance when he should have shot and didn’t, played a solid game and handled the puck in deft fashion.

Jeff Petry is showing to be a great addition to the blueline corps. He’s big, smart, a greater skater, good with the puck, and can lay out some bone crushers. Nice to see him wearing the CH.

It’s a solid group of Habs d-men, and I’d match our guys against any team’s.

Next up – Tuesday, when the talented and cocky Tampa Bay Lightning pay a visit to the Bell.

Only 16 Habs games remain in the regular season.

7 thoughts on “Canadiens Shut Down Coyotes”

  1. It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take an ugly win over a beautiful loss any day.

    Hey! Things are not so bad! Habs are in second place.
    Ahh, shadapp you face!

  2. Lars reminds me a bit like Brian Savage in that his goal scoring is streaky and most of it happens early in the season. He is not as prolific a scorer but very streaky. Glad to see him get one.

  3. Considering Tampa only picked up a point on our guys during trip, things are bleu blanc rouge in my world.

    Stamkos will get away with murder and we’ll be short-handed because of it, so the Habs must play lock down d Tuesday. #74 is suppose to return, sending Gonchar to the viewing galley… a good thing. Smith-Pelly looks comfortable and the fourth line is tougher, so the Bolts may be forced to slow their game. Should be a fun one!

    Noticing the race for the last spot tightening up. Brooins by a nose yesterday, but they now have Ottawa in the rearview mirror, too. Fun time of the year! Good thing Carey’s on our side…

  4. Lars is an enigma. A guy with good hands who much of the time doesn’t have good hands.

  5. Sure is good to not be on the bubble for a playoff spot, like some other recent years. Yes, DSP looks more comfortable (maybe he’s getting in shape) and regardless of what many think of Emelin, I’m in his corner, especially this time of year when the going gets even more rough. A solid win against TB on Tuesday would make a serious statement.

  6. I don’t know about you all but I’m sick of the loser point. How many OT or SO games gave there been in the NHL this year?? You blink and someone’s getting a loser point. How about you lose you get zero??

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