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Monday, October 7, 2013

MONTREAL CANADIENS (2013-14): Week 1 Recap

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens (4-3 Final) 

      The first game of the 2013-14 season began last Tuesday for the Montreal Canadiens when they took on arch rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs opened the scoring at the 8 minute mark with a goal by Van Riemsdyk. But with goals from Eller and Gallagher, the Habs took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room.
8 minutes into the second, Phaneuf would tie the game with a wrist shot from the left wing. Late in the second, Bozak had a breakaway shorthanded and he scored to give Toronto the lead. I've noticed over Carey Prices career that he is not that sharp on breakaways, 90% of the time he's deep in his net, which allows the shooter much more time and space to get the shot he wants and it was shown on this play. The score was 3-2 Toronto after 2.

      George Parros is a new Montreal Canadien Free agent signing that was meant to add some toughness and throughout opening night he was defending his team. In a fight with Colton Orr early in the third, Parros lost his balance and hit his face on the ice. He left the game on a structure and will be out for 1 to 2 months with a concussion. After that incident, the Habs lost their energy and found themselves give up another goal to Toronto from Raymond and they trailed 4-2, Eller would score late but it didn't matter as the Habs lose their 7th straight game in Montreal against the Leafs. In the win, Reimer was the first star and he made 35 saves. In the loss, Price made 33 saves. Eller had a goal and 2 assists in the loss and was the second star.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens (1-4 Final)  

        On Saturday October 6th, it was a big game for the Habs as they took on the Philadelphia Flyers. Daniel Briere who was bought out by the Flyers in the offseason was facing his former team for the first time. In the offseason, Lecavalier chose to sign with the Flyers instead of the Montreal Canadiens because Philly gave him more money so as you can imagine the fans were booing him all night.8 minutes into the first, Bourque played the puck to Brian Gionta at the side of the net and he had two wackes at the puck before it found its way into the back of the net to make it 1-0 Montreal. That would be the score after 2. 12 seconds into the third, Gallaghers shot went wide and it bounced off the rear end boards right to Eller and he backhanded a shot past Emery to make it 2-0 Montreal.

        Then with the Habs on a 5 on 3 powerplay, Subban played the puck downlow to Galchenyuk and he played it to Gallagher in front and tick, tack, toe we have a goal 3-0. Lecavalier would score at the 10 minute mark to cut the lead to 2. But Bourque would add a late powerplay goal as the Habs win 4-1. In the win, Price made 22 saves. In the loss, Emery made 30 saves. The Habs next game will be Wednesday night in Calgary against the Flames at 8:00pm E.t on TSN & RDS.

Join this blog next Monday for a recap of week 2 of the Habs season.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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