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Thursday, October 27, 2011



PHI:   J. Jagr (10:43 - 1st)
MTL:   Y. Weber (PPG, 19:57 - 1st) , A. Kostitsyn (10:26 - 2nd) , M. Pacioretty (12:38 - 2nd) , M. Pacioretty (03:16 - 3rd) , M. Cammalleri (15:36 - 3rd)

PHI: I. Bryzgalov (L)
 MTL: C. Price (W)

          Last night in Montreal, the Habs were trying to snap out of their worst home losing streak in franchise history (0-3-2).  Just 4 minutes into the game, the Philadelphia Flyers went on a powerplay. On the powerplay, the Flyers point shot was stopped by Price and the rebound went right to Briere and he was robbed by the pad of Price. 6 minutes latter, Matt Carle had the puck at the point and he played it across to the right circle and Jagr one-timed a shot past Price to make it 1-0 Flyers lead. With under 10 seconds to play in the first, the Habs were on a powerplay. Cole played the puck to Desharnais at the right circle and he played it to the left point and Weber one-timed a shot past Bryzgalov with 2.6 secnds to go in the first to tie the game at 1-1.

            In the first, the Habs didn't play that well as they were outshot 8-5 and were lucky to get out of the first with a tie. But the Habs would pick up the slack in period 2. 8 minutes into the period, Goroux (on the left side)  played the puck to Simmons in front and he had an empty net but he hit the post. 2 minutes later, Spacek's shot was stopped but the rebound went off the skate of Kostitsyn and into the net as the Habs took a 2-1 lead. So far this season, the Habs have blown 5 leads (the most in the NHL) but they weren't planning on blowing this one. 2 minutes later, Subban's point shot (from the right) was off a leg and right to Pacioretty and he scored to give the Habs a 3-1 lead. With 5 minutes left in the second, Briere spun and took a shot but it was stopped by the glove of Price.

           So the score was 3-1 Habs after 2. Early in the third ( 30 seconds), van Reimesdyk had a breakaway and he took a shot and it was stopped by the elbow of Price. 4 minutes after that, Gorges point shot was stopped, and Plekanec was stopped on the rebound but Pacioretty would score on yet another rebound as the Habs take a 4-1 lead. Cammalleri would add a late goal as the Habs go onto win this game 5-1 is the final. In the win, Price made 21 saves on 22 shots in career win number 100 for him. But Price said after the game, that it was more important to get out of this losing streak than it was for him to get win 100. "We needed to get that one," Price said. "It was a tough stretch there, honestly. It was pretty tough mentally on everybody so we're just glad to have that over with and at least we have a chance to get right back into it Thursday night in Boston. Hopefully we can continue what we did tonight."

          In the loss, Bryzgalov made 23 saves on 28 shots."They have a lot of back pressure back through the middle," said Scott Hartnell. The Habs played a good 40 out of 60 minutes in this game. As they seemed nervous and disorganized in period 1, but picked up their game in periods 2 and 3 by out playing the Flyers with their speed."I like how we competed, how we went to the net," said Montreal's head coach Jacques Martin."The difference was special teams -- we got a key power play goal, last seconds of the first period and didn't give anything against tonight. We also got some key saves from our goalie."

        Montreal is happy to end what was their second worst start in Franchise history. As in the 1941-42 season the Habs started 1-10-1 and this season (before tonight) the Habs had 1 win in 8 games. But they now have their second win with a season record at 2-5-2. It may seem like a bad record, but back in the 2009-10 season the Habs started off 2-5-0 and ended up going to the conference final.So lets seen where this record will take them this season.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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