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Habs top Phoenix, sit first in East

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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Why was Hal Gill screening his own goalie on the Morris goal? Maybe having one of the biggest D in the league clear the front of the net is a better strategy than STANDING directly in front of his own goalie.

Posted by BlackXinu on 10/26/10 at 12:44 PM ET

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Gill hasn’t been too sharp to start the year, but he started slow last year as well. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but last night definitely wasn’t his best game thus far. I suspect the lack of toughness from him and Hamrlik/Spacek is the reason folks like Darren Dreger suggest the Canadiens may be interested in Kevin Bieksa.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 10/26/10 at 09:05 PM ET

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