Kukla's Korner Hockey
by The Upper Canadien on 10/26/10 at 12:17 AM ET
The Montreal Canadiens won a hard fought victory Monday evening, prevailing 3-2 in overtime over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Andrei Kostitsyn scored the winner, potting a beautiful goal on a play that had him flying through the air after it was scored. Linemate Mike Cammalleri posted a goal and an assist to go along with fours shots on goal. And in perhaps the brightest story in Montreal so far this season, the Habs received more solid goaltending from Carey Price, who stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win. His best saves came late in the third, when he made a glove save on a Phoenix Coyotes one timer, and then moments later stopped a Derek Morris slapshot to preserve what was then a tie. Remember back in September when people were predicting he’d crumble under the pressure? Almost one month in and he seems to be getting better.
More impressive than anything?
After eight games, the Canadiens are first in the East with five wins and 11 points. Led by the solid play of Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec, and PK Subban, along with fantastic goaltending from Price, the Habs have played a reasonably tough schedule to success. Not much rest for the weary though, as the Canadiens have three more games this week, with the Islanders next up on Wednesday night.
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