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Friday, February 10, 2012



MTL:   M. Pacioretty (01:23 - 1st) , M. Pacioretty (09:30 - 2nd) , S. Gomez (PPG, 09:50 - 3rd) , M. Pacioretty (EN, 19:59 - 3rd)
NYI:   M. Moulson (PPG, 17:19 - 3rd) , M. Streit (18:07 - 3rd)

MTL: C. Price (W)
 NYI: E. Nabokov (L)

               Last night in Long Island, the Habs took on the New York Islanders in search of their 3rd straight win. Just over a minute in, Pacioretty came up the right wing and fired a shot past Nabokov to make it 1-0 Habs lead. 9 minutes and 30 seconds into the second, Desharnais had the puck of the left wing and he centred the puck for Pacioretty and he scored his second of the game to make it 2-0 Habs lead. 10 minutes into the third, with the Habs on the powerplay, Diaz's point shot went off a defender and right to Gomez at the top of the right circle and he one-timed a shot into the net to brake his 1 Year 3 days goalless drought as the Habs lead 3-0.

            Moulson and Streit would score for the Islanders to cut the lead to 1, before Pacioretty had a buzzer beating empty-net/ Hat-Trick goal (which was his team leading 22nd goal of the season). After the game all the talk was about Gomez's first goal in over 1 year. "I wasn't feeling sorry for myself, I've just kept working," said the 32-year-old Gomez about his game-winning Power-Play Goal. "It's certainly good to get a win, and of course it's great to finally score. Montreal is a beautiful place, we just have to keep winning.That's the bottom line." Randy Cunneyworth was under some criticism after he didn't put Gomez on the ice to try to get an empty net goal Sunday against the Jets. But he felt that players had to work for Goals and he was right as Gomez battled and battled until he got a goal.

               "It was a big goal for us, proved to be the game-winner," Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth said. "We worked hard and the effort paid off. We have to get it going and keep it going." In the win, Price made 31 saves and many of them were tough saves, but that along with Pacioretty's First NHL Hat-Trick were overshadowed because Gomez got a goal. But the players didn't seem to mind."I'm happy for the team, obviously for Pac with three goals and Gomer for getting that gorilla off his back," Price said. "And it sure is nice to string a few wins together." The Habs next game will be Saturday night against the Leafs. It's a special night for Toronto, as Matts Sundin get's his number 13 retired.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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