Great way to close out the October part of the schedule as the Canadiens edge the visiting Dallas Stars 2-1 on goals by Michael Bournival in the first and Rene Bourque in the second and find themselves with a tidy eight wins and five losses, good enough to be way up near the penthouse.
Imagine that. Way up near the top. It’s just so much better than hovering around the eighth and ninth spots.
Pretty proud of the boys right now. They’re finding ways to get it done with key guys on the sidelines. And Carey Price and Peter Budaj are combining to stop ’em when called upon. Although Price was a tad asleep on Dallas’ lone goal, a shot from far out that might have been screened or might have simply caught Price by surprise.
Whatever it was, our goalie was slow to react.
But it’s nitpicking. Our backstoppers are keeping pucks out of the net in a big way – one tonight, none on Monday, two from the Sharks, one from Anaheim. Really impressive.
Now the Canadiens take a little trip, first to Minnesota for a Friday night tilt with the Wild, and then to Denver to meet Patrick Roy and his Avalanche on Saturday, which should be fun. The Avs are red hot and need to have cold water poured over their collective heads.
Shots on goal – Dallas 27, Montreal 24.
Great night, lively action, the boys were skating well, and it’s a big two points.
All’s well on the Eastern Conference front.