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Sunday, October 20, 2013

MONTREAL CANADIENS (2013-14): Week 3 Recap

Montreal Canadiens @ Winnipeg Jets (3-0 Final)

       October 15th in Winnipeg, it was a big game for Montreal as they were looking to extend their winning streak to 3 games against the Jets. 2 minutes into the first, Prust opened the scoring for Montreal. Then a few minutes later, Subban ripped a shot from the point past Pavelec to make it 2-0. The shots were 10 to 8 Montreal after 1. There was no score in the second and the shots were 13-9 Winnipeg. Briere would score his first goal as a Montreal Canadien on a empty net during a powerplay... His first as a Habs was not top shelf like he imagined, but never the less its still a big moment for Briere. In the win, Price made 36 saves for his first shutout of the year.

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens (3-5 Final)

         On October 17th, Montreal returned home to take on the Blue Jackets. Early in the first, the Habs got off to a quick start, generating chance after chance and they were rewarded with a goal on the powerplay by Rene Bourque. Then with 8 minutes to play in the first, Markov played the puck to Bournival on the right wing and he one-timed a shot into the back of the net to make it 2-0. That was Bournivals first NHL goal. 7 minutes into the second, Markov scored a shorthanded goal to make it 3-0. 1 minute later, Jenner scored his first NHL goal to cut the lead to 2. The Jackets would add another goal from Johanson to make it 3-2. 4 minutes into the third, Jenner would tie the game. Late in the third with over a minute to go, Plekanecs weak shot from the point beat Bobrovsky to give Montreal the lead. Plekanec would add another goal on an empty net as Montreal wins their 4th straight, 5-3 is the final. Price made 30 saves in the win.

Nashville Predators @ Montreal Canadiens (2-1 Final)

          12 minutes into the game, the Predators were on a powerplay and Shea Webers point shot went off the skate of Gorges and in to make it 1-0 Nashville. 7 minutes into the second, Eller took the puck to net with one had on the stick and he played it to Bournival who played it to Gallagher and he scored to tie the game. Early in the third, Eller through the puck to the net from a sharp angle and he scored... So he thought. The play was reviewed and was considered inconclusive so the goal was not allowed. Then with 2 minutes to go, Legwand centred the puck to Jones and he scored as the Predators go onto win 2-1."The puck was inside," said Eller about his disallowed goal that costed Montreal the game. "(Rinne) had his glove on it, so technically you couldn't see it was inside. But if it's not outside the line, it's got to be inside. It's logic." The Habs next game is Tuesday against the Oilers.

- Andrew Di Pardo

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