Kukla's Korner Hockey
by The Upper Canadien on 10/10/10 at 04:29 PM ET
Carey Price is back. If there was any doubt that he would be up to the challenge – and there was – he put his critics on notice last night, with a remarkable 36 save performance against Pittsburgh in a 3-2 victory. Save after save, Price demonstrated poise and athleticism, rebounding after each Pittsburgh goal to shut down the impressive Penguins offence. Indeed, after the game coach Jacques Martin commented that Price was the reason Montreal won.
Beyond Price, the Canadiens looked good. They remained calm after going down 2-1 mid-third, and came roaring back to score twice in less than thirty seconds. Mike Cammalleri scored two of Montreal’s goals, picking up where he left off in May. Benoit Pouliot also looked good, helping to set up Scott Gomez’s winning goal. This was especially impressive as Pouliot had looked disinterested earlier in the game and could have packed it in for the third. But he kept working, moving his feet, and using his body. Believe it or not, Pouliot had five hits on the night. His hard work paid off in spades.
Jeff Halpern also looked good, winning eight of ten faceoffs. Dustin Boyd and Travis Moen continued to be effective, creating havoc in front of the Penguins’ net and throwing hits in the corners. PK Subban also deserves mention, as he was booed every time he touched the puck, and cut deep above the eye, yet put in a solid effort. However, the unsung hero of the night was Josh Gorges, who also picked up from last May in helping to shut down Sidney Crosby – while at the same time assisting on Mike Cammalleri’s tying goal.
Montreal has a few days off, and then welcomes Tampa Bay to Montreal for the season home opener. This one should be interesting, as Tampa’s coaching staff are former Montreal employees, and the Lightning are loaded with Francophones who often put on a show in Montreal. No word yet on whether Roman Hamrlik will be healthy enough to slot back in for the Habs.
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