Price and Company Shut ‘Em Down

Those wild and crazy Habs. They come off a lackluster 3-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils and two nights later play a fine game in Ottawa, skating away with a 3-0 win.

How often do we get to talk about a shutout from Carey Price? Or a goal from Benoit Pouliot? Or two great markers from Andrei Kostitsyn. Or one-sided shots on goal for the Habs?

For Price, it was November of 2008 when he was so stingy with the opposition. It was March when Pouliot last scored.

But it was only two games ago that Andrei Kostitsyn bulged the twine, and maybe the -Belarusian-who’s-supposed-to-be-a-gunner will finally be one this year. How great would that be?

Of course, getting Lars Eller and Brian Gionta on track is next in line. Gionta, needed badly as an offensive threat, has managed just one goal and one assist so far. Eller doesn’t yet have a point, and ditto for Tom Pyatt.

But a win in solid fashion is a great thing to go along with a shutout and a couple of guys getting it done up front. We can be happy with this game but there’s no need to do cartwheels. The Senators looked lethargic and were quite lousy indeed, and if Montreal would’ve lost this, we might have had to cancel the parade route again.

Random Notes:

Shots on goal were 34-19 for the good guys.  Yes it’s true. 

Monday night, the Phoenix Coyotes come howling into the Bell Centre. Coyotes are shy animals, aren’t they?

Good work by Tomas Plekanec on Kostitsyn’s first goal and Mike Cammalleri on Kostitsyn’s second.

Montreal maintains a winning record thus far with four wins, two losses, and an overtime loss. Not bad considering so many have started the season in mini-slumps.

Don Cherry was at it again about PK Subban. Don says PK doesn’t give enough respect to opposing players and so a slap shot that hit the young buck on the back of the leg was intentional. Last time it was the Mike Comrie stick thing. Ho hum. Find another topic, Don.

6 thoughts on “Price and Company Shut ‘Em Down”

  1. People talk about Gionta and Gomez that need to start focusing, but I think Cammalleri’s gotta do what he was supposed to do: Score. We haven’t seen much scoring from him since the first game, starting to worry that our 3 big name players are slacking, hope they pick up their “A” game soon.

    And this game was a beauty for them Habs, few shots allowed for the Sens, Price shined at the right times, and there was some stellar defence, they got a few garbage goals but it got the job done.

  2. Phil, you’re absolutely right – Cammalleri needs to pick it up too. Lot a guys not going right now and we need them.

  3. I’m really gaining more confidence in Price and I think he’s gaining more in himself. He’s looking better and better. Maybe Jacques Martin has him watching videos of Dryden, Plante and Roy. They always looked so self-confident in the net as if they were sitting in their living room having a beer. As far as Don Cherry goes, he’s a … maybe I’ll just sign off here. Cheers.

  4. Yep, Mikey, Price is going good now. We just gotta get the power play to do the same thing. And get a few guys out of their slumps.

  5. What bothers me is that we have 6 potential offensive threats (Kostitsyn, Plekanec, Gionta, Gomez, Cammalleri, Pouliot) But only 2 have shined. If all of them start working at the same time, The Habs will be a force to be reckoned with

  6. Once again I’m in agreement with you, Phil. Too many slumps to start the season. I feel they’ll all break out soon and I really hope Pouliot is included. All it takes for these guys is a lucky bounce or a big game and they’re off to the races.

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