The winning goal came on a shorthanded centre ice dump-in by Logan Couture that was mishandled by Peter Budaj and poked in by Tommy Wingels. Budaj gave up another early in the second period and he was immediately replaced by Dustin Tokarski.
Canadiens Game Story
The Phoenix Coyotes took a 3-1 lead in the first period and never trailed the rest of the way in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens Thursday night in Phoenx. It was the Canadiens third game in four nights and their road weariness showed throughout. Radim Vrbata led the way for the Coyotes with two goals.
Andrei Markov scored in the sixth round of the shootout and the Canadiens came away with a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday night. The Canadiens are now 1 and 1 through the first two games of their four game Pacific Division road trip. It was the fourth time in the five games the Canadiens have played since the Olympic break ended that wound up in overtime or a shootout.
A power play goal by Kings forward Jeff Carter proved to be the difference in a 2-1 win over the Canadiens Monday night in Los Angeles. It was the first of four games in the NHL’s Pacific Division. Peter Budaj was in goal for the Canadiens.
After taking a 2-0 first period lead the Canadiens were forced to come from behind to edge the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the night on an overtime power play proved to be the difference. With the win the Canadiens remain in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and three points ahead of fourth place Toronto.
The Canadiens opened the post-Olympics portion of their schedule with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Gustav Nyquist won the game with less than 30 seconds remaining in the overtime period. The single point allowed the Canadiens to break the tie with Toronto and leaves them in third place in the Atlantic Division. Both the Canadiens and Toronto have played 60 games.
Led by David Desharnias, the Canadiens came from behind with four consecutive goals to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night in Raleigh. It was the Canadiens third consecutive win. Desharnais scored twice to lead the comeback in a game in which linemate Max Pacioretty suffered an injury in a goalmouth collision midway through the first period. The Canadiens enter the Olympic break in third place in the Atlantic division and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Max Pacioretty scored three goals, Carey Price made a season high 42 saves and the Canadiens handed the Vancouver Canucks their 6th straight defeat 5-2 Thursday night at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty also had a record two penalty shots in the second period. He failed to score on Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo on either of them.
Carey Price stopped 27 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as the Canadiens beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. It ended a Canadiens two game losing streak and at the same time stopped Calgary’s five game win streak. Rene Bourque was credited with the winning goal at 16:15
It’s been fifteen years since the Canadiens lost both home games scheduled for Super Bowl weekend. The Winnipeg Jets completed the job Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre, a game that had a controversial ending. The last time the Habs were swept in the two afternoon games was 1999. Tobias Enstrom and Michael Frolik scored for Winnipeg. Brian Gionta scored for the Canadiens who lost 2-1 in overtime to Tampa on Saturday afternoon.