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Monday, October 14, 2013

MONTREAL CANADIENS (2013-14): Week 2 Recap

Montreal Canadiens @ Calgary Flames (2-3 Final)

          On Wednesday October 9th, the Habs started their Western Canadian road trip in Calgary. Monahan and Baertschi scored the goals in the first for Calgary as they took a 2-0 lead. Glencross scored on the powerplay to make it 3-0. But the Habs didn't give up. Subban scored a powerplay with a rocket from the point to cut the lead to two heading into the third. 10 minutes into the third, Galchenyuk's shot went wide and bounced right back in front to Eller and he scored to cut the lead to 1. But thats as close as they would get as Subban took a late penalty which ended Montreal's chances at a comeback. In the win, Mcdonald made 33 saves and was the reason why the Flames won. In the loss, Price made 22 saves.

Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers (4-1 Final)

       The next night, the Canadiens traveled to Edmonton to battle the Oilers. Price was given the night off as Budaj got the start. Brandon Gallagher is a Edmonton native and he was playing against the Oilers for the first time in his young career in front of friends and family. He wouldn't disappoint. Early in the second, Ryan Smith opened the scoring for the Oilers on a powerplay. But at the halfway point of the second on a Canadiens powerplay, Galchenyuk played the puck to Gallagher in front of the net and he scored to tie the game.A few minutes later, Prust would give the Habs a lead going into the third. 12 minutes into the third, Gallagher came into the offensive zone on a two on one and he played the puck to Gallchenyuk and he scored to make it 3-1. Pacioretty would add another goal as the Habs win 4-1. In the win, Budaj made 27 saves. In the loss, Dubnyk made 23 saves.

Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks (4-1 Final)

         On Saturday October 12th, Montreal visited Vancouver to take on the Canucks. It was Price in net for Montreal and  Luongo in for Vancouver, in a game where two potential Canadian Olympians faced off.  5 minutes in, Pacioretty scored on a one timer in the slot to make it 1-0. That was a powerplay goal. Early in the second Henrick Sedin scored to tie the game. Then disaster strikes. With 5 minutes to play in the second, the Canucks were on a powerplay. Eller cleared the puck in behind the Canucks net, Hamhuis was back to pick it up, he lost control of the puck and it went off the back of Luongos skates and into the net to make it 2-1 Habs. That was the strangest own goal I've ever seen. Eller would get credit for the goal. Plekanec and Gorges would add two more goals for Montreal as they win 4-1.  In the win, Price made 39 saves. In the loss, Luongo made 34 saves.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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