The Canadiens continue their winning ways with a 3-2 home ice victory over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night. The Canadiens have won five of their opening six games, their best season start in six years. P.K. Subban scored twice, including the game winner. Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Habs.
Canadiens Game Story
Comebacks seem to be the story of the Canadiens early season. They came back twice against the Boston Bruins to record a 6-4 win in their home opener Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Brendan Gallagher led the way with two goals and an assist and was named the game’s first star. The Canadiens are now 4-1 to open the 2014-2015 season.
The Canadiens three game season-opening winning streak came to an abrupt end Monday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning pounded them 7-1 in St. Petersburg. Steven Stamkos led the Lightning with three goals. The Canadiens were outshot 41-17 in taking the loss. The game marked the end of the four game road trip that started their season.
For the third straight game the Canadiens dug themselves out of a hole and came away with victory. Saturday night it took a three goal third period comeback to tie the game in Philadelphia and a shootout goal from P.A. Parenteau to them a 4-3 win. It was their second straight shootout victory. The Canadiens start the season with three straight wins for the first time in nine years.
For the second consecutive night the Canadiens were forced to come from behind to win. Tomas Plekanec scored late in the third period and Brendan Gallagher won the game in the fifth round of the shootout as the Canadiens beat the Capitals 2-1 Wednesday night in Washington.
It’s become a tradition that the Canadiens open the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Recently it’s also become something of a tradition that the Leafs would beat the Canadiens in the season opener. Going into the Habs 4-3 win over the Leafs in Toronto, the Canadiens had lost four openers to Toronto and five of the last six. The only win came in October 2009 when Josh Gorges scored in overtime.
The Canadiens finished their seven game pre-season schedule with a 4-2 Bell Centre loss to Ottawa. It was the second loss to the Senators in 24 hours and left the Canadiens with a training camp record of 4-2-1. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at which time the makeup of the team that will open the season in Toronto Wednesday will be announced.
A power play goal in overtime allowed the Senators to beat the Canadiens 4-3 Friday night in Ottawa. It was the first of a home and home set against the Senators. Game two will be Saturday night at the Bell Centre, which will also be the Canadiens seventh and final game of their 2014 training camp.
Carey Price stopped 31 of 32 shots as the Canadiens beat the Blackhawks 3-1 Wednesday night at the United Centred Centre in Chicago. Rene Bourque broke a scoreless tie early in the third period and less than two minutes later Nathan Beaulieu deflected a pass from Drayson Bowman for the ultimate game winner. It was the fifth game in the Canadiens seven game exhibition schedule.
Joel Ward broke a scoreless tie with 1:29 remaining in the third period and Brooks Laich added an empty net goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Canadiens 2-0 Sunday evening at the Bell Centre. It was the first loss in four exhibition games for the Canadiens in the pre-season. Shots on goal in the