10.09.2010

Game of the Night (Pt. I)


Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins @ Consol Energy Center
3-2 Final

The Penguins looked to redeem themselves of the early exit of the 2010 playoffs to the Montreal Canadiens.  But the Canadiens have something else to prove - their ability to be a competitor.

A little bitter taste remains on the tongues of the Penguins as these two teams look for their first wins of the season.

It didn't take long for the two teams to show how they really felt about each other.  Just under 6 minutes into the game, Max Lapierre and Mike Comrie dropped the gloves and displayed the true feelings between these two teams. 

Many doubt that surrounded the team was the dealing of Halak to the St. Louis Blues and keeping Carey Price as the Habs' number 1 goaltender.  Today, Price proved his worth as he stopped all but 2 of shots in a game where Montreal was incredibly out shot once more.  Price kept Montreal in the game and if it wasn't for him, the score would be quite different.

Watching the game for entire 60 minutes, you saw how the game made such a sharp turn.  Starting the second period, the Penguins had two goals to level and then gain the lead.  The possession was dominated by the Pens for most of the remaining 20 minutes, but with about 3 minutes remaining in the game, the Habs rally back to show who was the boss!

Within 24 seconds, the Habs regained the lead with both goals being setup by Josh Gorges, and eventually winning the game with Cammalleri's second of the night and Scott Gomez's first of the season.  The last 30 seconds were scrappy ones, but were brilliant in the perspective of the Montreal team.

It was 10 seasons ago that the Canadiens lost the first 2 games of the season.  It's going to be 11 now that we've got through it this time.  And this win couldn't have been possible without Carey Price.  Price ended this game with 36 saves and a win under his belt.  Who is back now Montreal?!

3 stars:
(1) Michael Cammalleri
(2) Carey Price
(3) Mark Letestu

My 3 stars:
(1) Carey Price
(2) Josh Gorges
(3) Mark Letestu (for being a good 3rd-line man in replacement of Jordan Staal)






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