CAR: C. Ward (L)
MTL: P. Budaj (W)
Earlier tonight in Montreal, Peter Budaj (making his second straight start) and the Montreal Canadiens were looking for their fourth straight win in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Brandon Gallagher was out with a concussion, so Ryan White is back in the line up for the first time since taking a 2 minute roughing penalty that costs Montreal the game against Buffalo a few weeks back. No score in the first and the shots were 7-5 Montreal. 5 minutes into the second with the Habs on a powerplay, Desharnais centred the puck to Cole and he was stopped by the right pad of Cam Ward.
A few minutes later, Subban came in on a 2 on 1 and he played the puck to Plekanec and he was stopped by Ward. No score score after 2. In the second the shots were 11-8 Montreal. 2 minutes into the third, Gallchenyuk came into the offensive zone and played the puck to Prust and he fired a shot past Ward to make it 1-0. 10 minutes later, Plekanec came up the left wing and slapped a shot past Ward to make it 2-0. 18 seconds later, Pacioretty from 104 feet away from Canes net dumped the puck on goal and it bounced over the glove of Ward to make it 3-0.
That was Paciorettys first goal of the season. The monkeys off his back as the Canadiens win 3-0. " It was pretty important," Pacioretty said. " I have been waiting for bounce. I've had a couple tonight and a couple lately... I have to be better and hopefully this will help me." This win was Montreals 4th straight win and in this win streak the Habs have only allowed 4 goals. In the win, Budaj made 19 saves. In the loss, Ward made 23 saves. Remember last season when Montreal couldn't score? Everyone was saying they need to get a top 5 forward, but it seems like all they needed was a different strategy.
Under Jacques Martin, the Habs were a defensive team that scored 1 goal and sat back. With Michel Therrien, the Habs are a team that uses their speed to get goals and if they are up by 1 they don't sit back, they keep pushing to extend their lead. Thats why Montreal is currently 5th in the league in Goals forward per game.
Written By Andrew Di Pardo