GAME #51 Canadiens-3 Washington-2 (shootout) (Feb.1/2011) 1

Feb 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

Brian Gionta singlehandedly brought the Canadiens back from a 2-0 first period deficit with two goals in the second period and then the only goal of the shootout as the Canadiens beat the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.

The Capitals got goals by from Mathieu Perreault and Mike Knuble in the first 7:49. From that point on, Carey Price shut the door paving the way for the Gionta heroics. Both Gionta goals were the result of odd-man rushes; a two-on-one started by Andrei Kostitsyn and a clear breakaway set up by a stretch pass from Tomas Plekanec. The Canadiens outshot the Capitals 36-24.

Summing It Up – This one had all of the makings of the disaster. The early going of the game had the eerie look of the Canadiens last game in Philadelphia just before the break when they dug themselves into a 2-0 hole and had no ability to come back. In this one, Carey Price gave up an awful goal to Mathieu Perreault two and a half minutes into the game and then Roman Hamrlik was forced to take a hooking penalty on a breakaway which led to the second goal by Mike Knuble. At that point the Capitals were outshooting the Canadiens 6-1. But, unlike Philadelphia, the Canadiens showed some true grit. The Canadiens settled the first period down and then took over the game.    Andrei Kostitsyn started and then joined the 2-on-1 that led to Gionta’s first goal at 8:28 of the second. And Tomas Plekanec who, with all due respect to Gionta’s statistical accomplishment, was the best player on the ice for either team, grabbed off an errant drop pass in the Canadiens end and laid down a perfect breakaway pass to Gionta to tie the game. This is one time when shots on goal told the story. Through the second and third period the Canadiens outshot Washington 25-15. In the end they took 38 shots on Semyon Varlamov. Gionta took seven shots on goal in the game and logged over 23 minutes. David Desharnais was very noticeable, especially in the first two periods. And he’s joining Halpern as one of the team’s most reliable faceoff men (7/3).  Halpern was 10 & 2 in that department.  It thought Hal Gill was very much in control of the game when he was on the ice and may have saved the extra point with one second left in the overtime when he sprawled and covered the puck in the crease with Carey Price out of position. Although Wisniewski fell down allowing Perreault to get loose on the first goal of the game, he was pretty good.  And Subban had a pretty spectacular night in more ways than one.  His job was Ovechkin and his work was impeccable except that retaliatory penalty he took after being on the receiving end of one of Alex the Great’s spectacular open ice hits.  (Video  Below) He was in   Washington won the battle of special teams. They were 1-for-3 on the power play and killed off all eight of the Canadiens power plays. The third period of the game was as good as we have seen all year from two teams. Very satisfying result for Canadiens fans.

The Goalscorers – Montreal – Gionta (17th) (Kostitsyn-Wisniewski); Gionta (18th) (Plekanec); Gionta (shootout). Washington – Perreault (6th) (unassisted); Knuble (12th) (Green-Perreault).

Shots on Goal – Montreal – 11-16-10-2 = 38 Washington – 8-6-9-5 = 29

The Three Stars in Washington – First – Brian Gionta (2 goals – seven shots plus-2) Second – Mathieu Perreault (1 goal 1 assist – 3 shots) Third – James Wisniewski (1 assist – 2 shots – plus-1)

Ovechkin Upends Subban

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20754 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 7 4 6 2 7 4 6 5
20754 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 1 1 12 5 6 3 10 5 3 12
20754 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 1 0 5 6 4 2 2 2 5 -1
20754 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 4 7 2 1 -2 3 8 -7
20754 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 2 1 8 5 4 1 7 2 5 4
20754 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 2 0 8 5 5 2 8 2 2 8
20754 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 2 1 25 21 12 6 11 10 17 4
20754 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 4 5 1 1 -1 4 8 -5
20754 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 2 0 10 6 4 2 8 2 8 2
20754 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 1 1 7 5 5 3 4 3 4 3
20754 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 1 6 5 1 0 1 2 3 0
20754 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 9 6 3 1 5 3 9 -1
20754 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 5 5 0 1 -1 0 2 -3
20754 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 1 0 4 1 3 1 6 1 1 6
20754 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 7 5 6 3 5 4 6 3
20754 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 1 10 12 2 2 -3 4 5 -4
20754 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 8 10 2 2 -2 4 4 -2
20754 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 5 4 4 2 3 2 2 3
20754 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 3 4 0 0 -1 2 2 -1
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