When the Canadiens defeated the Colorado March 18th, it was their first home ice win over the Avalanche in eight years. They will try to make it two wins in a row when the teams meet Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Minor league call-up Calvin Pickard will make this first NHL start in goal. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens.
It was expected when the Canadiens shifted Alexei Emelin to right defense that the classic confrontations between Bruins leftwinger Milan Lucic and Emelin would all-but disappear. If the first meeting of the season between the Bruins and Canadiens is an indication, the intense individual battle between the two is alive and ongoing.
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.
Carey Price will be in goal when the Canadiens face the Boston Bruins in their home opener Thursday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens come into the game off an embarrassing 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Lightning in Tampa Bay Monday. The Bruins edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout Wednesday.
After a day off Tuesday, the Canadiens went back to work at their Brossard training facility Wednesday morning, with special attention paid to their struggling power play which has failed to produce a goal in this season’s four games. Assistant coaches Dan Lacroix and Clement Jodoin took the power play regulars over to the secondary ice surface for some extra work.
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.
The Canadiens can equal a team record Monday night when they play the Lightning Monday night in Tampa. They have won their first three games of the season. Three times in club history the Canadiens have started a season with four consecutive wins. Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens. Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay.
Tomas Plekanec led the way as the Canadiens opened their season with three straight road wins last week. For that the NHl named him their Player of the Week ahead of Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.
The Canadiens problems with their power play are front and centre on the Canadiens Sunday wrap. Also is size the decisive factor in the NHL, a Nikita Scherbak junior update, Peter Budaj and Bob Gainey.
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.