Untimely penalties hurt the Canadiens vs.Tampa Bay Wednesday. The Lightning scored the tieing goal in the final minute on a power play with their goaltender out and won in overtime. Carey Price faced 47 shots. Friday in Buffalo, the Canadiens halved the opposition shots on goal, got both goals from the defence (Picard & Gorges) and shut down the Sabres in the third period for a 2-1 victory. Saturday night they fell behind 3-1 against Ottawa and came back thanks to the Plekanec line. Ottawa was limited to 2 shots in the third period.
Price’s Week – vs. Tampa stops 43 of 47 in OT Lightning loss. In wins over Buffalo and Ottawa faced a total of 42 shots giving up 4 goals. His win Saturday night was his first on home ice since the Canadiens outlasted Washington 6-5 on a Tomas Plekanec goal with 6 seconds left in overtime.
Quote of the Week I – Dustin Boyd after being tripped in the final minute by Tampa’s Ryan Malone in front of the Canadiens net while trying to clear the puck. . “I was grabbing the rebound and was going to get the puck out (of the zone) and he just took me out.” The loose puck went from Lacavalier to Stamkos for the game-tieing goal.
The Fans Get the Vote – The Canadiens turned the three-star voting over to social-networking fans beginning with Wednesday night’s game against Tampa. They got it right for the most part in the Tampa and Ottawa games but completely missed a first-star performance from Andrei Kostitsyn Friday in Buffalo. (They made up for that Saturday).
Pouliot’s Week – Best described as erratic. Played the entire Tampa game with Gomez and Gionta. Jacques Martin bounced him down to checking line with Boyd and Pyatt in Buffalo. Started Ottawa game with with Boyd and Darche. His effectiveness earned him an in-game promotion to the Gomez line the last 30 minutes. In the week’s three games, recorded 11 hits (5 vs. TB). Leads the team by far, with 18.
Hamrlik Finally Debuts – His knee injury had been listed as a day-to-day situation from the opening of training camp on September 17th., He joined the lineup vs. Tampa, logging over 20 minutes, most of them beside Ryan O’Byrne. Re-united with Jaroslav Spacek in the Buffalo and Ottawa games where his ice time was also around twenty minutes.
Can’t Find The Range – Brian Gionta – 10 shots in three games – 1 goal (On the second minute breakaway vs. Ottawa). Gionta’s season five-game total is1 goal on a team-leading18 shots, a rate of 5.6%. (Last year, Gionta scored on 11.8% of his shots)
Stars of the Week – First – Andrei Kostitsyn (the Canadiens best vs. Buffalo and Ottawa) Second – Tomas Plekanec (centred line that produced 32 of the team’s 95 shots for the week and four of the nine goals) Third – Carey Price (Very good against Tampa and Buffalo– good enough to win against Ottawa) Also Good – Josh Gorges – Scored the game winner in Pittsburgh, the team’s first, and only, power play goal of the season. Logged team’s most ice time in two of the three games.
Quote of the Week II – Jacques Martin on Andrei Kostitsyn’s performance against Ottawa Saturday: “I think he’s in the final year of his contract, isn’t he?”
On the Farm – The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their season with a win 5-2 in Rochester Friday night. On Saturday afternoon they lost to the Toronto Marlies 5-3 in front of 6100 fans at Copps Coliseum. Before the opening game veteran Alex Henry was returned as Bulldogs captain. David Desharnais and Ryan White will be alternates in home games; Mathieu Carle and Ben Maxwell on the road. After two games defenceman Yannick Weber leads the team with four points (1 goal 3 assists); Ben Maxwell has 3 goals and 1 assist; David Desharnais (1 g 2 ass). Goaltender Curtis Sanford has a throat injury and will be out for about three weeks. Rookie forward Alexander Avtsin suffered a shoulder injury in Rochester Friday and sat out Saturday’s game. He’s expected to be back in the lineupTuesday night in Hamilton against Rochester.