A decent first period, an extremely lousy second, and then a decent third allows the Canadiens to skate away with a 4-2 win in Raleigh, and when all was said and done, it was Carey Price coming through when needed.
Price was solid throughout, it’s two big points for his team to remain in the penthouse, and although the boy were outshot 21-5 in the second period and 44-28 overall, they won the game, which is why they went there in the first place.
Montreal found themselves up 2-0 in the first when Brandon Prust converted an Alexei Emelin blast from the point, and and then Josh Gorges of all people finished off a nice play from Prust. Gorges, with two goals so far, is now on pace for a four-goal season!
In the second frame it was all Canes as the Habs sat back and enjoyed a coffee and smoke, and suddenly the game was tied at two. But in the third, the Canadiens woke up, Lars Eller finished off a nice play from that Gorges fellow, and P.K.Subban scored the insurance marker on the power play.
Now it’s on to Florida for a Saturday meeting with the Lightning, and Sunday in Sunrise to face the Panthers. Can either of the Florida teams contain Fire-wagon Gorges?
Alexei Emelin enjoyed a fine night, thumping and blasting away and looking like a young and healthy Chris Pronger out there, and in my book, the big Russian is a much more-rounded player this season. He can be an offensive threat from time to time and I think fellow countryman Andrei Markov has helped him in a big way.
Lars Eller notched a goal and two assists, Prust got his goal and two helpers, and did Subban, and Josh Gorges finished with a goal and an assist. I hope this doesn’t go to Gorges’ head.
Yannick Weber suited up for just his second game of the season, in place of Raphael Diaz via Tomas Kaberle, but seemed to have suffered an injury in the second period and didn’t return. Just not the greatest of times for Weber this year..
The main thing is, aside from the win, Carey Price enjoyed a fine night, and life is good when we see this.