Canadiens thump Canucks 4-1 at Rogers Arena in front of 890 Canucks fans and 18,000 Habs fans.
But they wouldn’t have won if Carey Price hadn’t kept them in it early when the Canucks were outshooting Montreal by a wide margin and owning the puck way too often. Price was terrific. The Price we knew and loved. Chosen number one star and rightly so.
Seeing a big win and Price looking sharp makes staying up to 1 a.m. worth it.
That’s what we need from our number one guy – keeping his team in it until their legs kick in. If he plays like that on a regular basis, he just might be the guy in Sochi after all.
Max Pacioretty opened the scoring in the first, Price came up big stopping 14 shots, but the Canucks tied it in the second and things weren’t looking completely rosy. At least not until Lars Eller scored when he was sitting on the bench.
Eller notched his fifth of the season simply by shooting the puck into the Canucks zone as he was going off, but the puck got tangled up in Dan Hamhuis, bounced in off Roberto Luongo, and would prove to be the winner. And it was shorthanded to boot. Vancouver scored on their own net on a power play.
But still, when the period was over, Vancouver had outshot Montreal 17-11 and the outcome was unsure at best.
But it was all Montreal in the third. Max missed on a penalty shot, but Tomas Plekanec on the power play and sniper Josh Gorges both bulged the twine. Even David Desharnais and Daniel Briere found themselves with chances.
A great and successful road game for the boys, and all of a sudden they’ve won three out of four games beginning with the Flyers game at the Bell Centre. And all three wins have been by 4-1 scores.
Vancouver outshot the Canadiens 40-38
Montreal went 2/3 on the power play. Canucks were 0/3. Love when the special teams are going good.
Next up – in Winnipeg on Tuesday.