Montreal - Nov. 20, 2011 - Exceptional win over the hottest team in the NHL. The Habs have now recorded back to back shutouts on home ice with a blue line that includes Yannick Weber, Ralphael Diaz, Alexei Yemelin and Frederic St. Denis. They should be riding a winning streak if not for the (mostly) no - show on Long Island. What Boston did to Islanders tonight is kind of what we were expecting Habs to do on Thursday. Anyway, once again these Canadiens seem to play "up" to their opponent. And there was a sign of life in the guy wearing the Gomez jersey.
Erik Cole. Best player on the ice. Again.
Brian Gionta. Pucks starting to go in for the captain. Now on pace for his typical 25 - 30 goal season (28).
Mike Cammalleri. Once again was an offensive force all night. 5 SOG, +2 and it was Cammalleri who drew the early hooking call on Ryan McDonagh which led to the opening goal by Cole.
Scott Gomez. Not totally surprised that Gomez came out to play against his former team. Not just the two assists but he played heady hockey all night and just missed on a couple of Grade A scoring chances. Is on quite a streak with three points in his last three games. Now on pace for a 14 point season.
Carey Price. Back to back shutouts for the first time in his NHL career. Once again, not overly busy but his terrific save off Marian Gaborik from in close 90 seconds into the game might have been the turning point.
Thomas Plekanic. Another two point night bringing him to a point per game through 20 games.
Frederic St. Denis. Another good outing for a guy who's about #10 on the Habs D depth chart. Number 10 with a bullet.
Power play showing real signs of life. Two more goals bringing success rate to over 15%.
PK Unit. Perfect again. Now 3rd overall in NHL.
Petteri Nokelainen. Getting off the ice and going after the much bigger & stronger Andre Deveaux. Next time Nokelainen should lead with his stick instead of his head.
Pre - Game tribute to Eddy Palchak.
L'Antichambre Post game suggesting Alexei Yemelin should go down to Hamilton for a couple of weeks. What he do wrong?
The first Gionta goal allowed by Martin Biron.
Referee Dave Jackson making the correct call on Aaron Palushaj for interference but sending Yannick Weber to the penalty box instead.
Deveaux raining punches down on Nokelainen. Some code, huh?