Back On Top – During his personal five game losing streak, you could say that Carey Price played all right. But, like his teammates there was nothing above and beyond until tonight. Price was on top of it, especially in the first period when the Flyers looked like they wanted run away with the game. He also had the hockey gods on his side. The Flyers hit three goal posts.
Found His Legs – Erik Cole played a great game against the Panthers Monday. He matched it on this night. He appeared on the scoresheet just once as the third man on the Cammalleri goal but he took ten shots, six of them were on goa (Cole has 12 shots the last two games). He drew two penalties in the first period (the second one led to the tieing Weber power play goal) and was the physical presence that the Canadiens hoped he’d be when they signed him for all that money.
Pacioretty – Yesterday it was a broken wrist or at the very least a torn ligament in his right arm. Wednesday morning he was a gametime decision. And there he was. Two goals and an assist. Plus-three on the night. First star of the game. His first shot of the game was a weak effort that made on think that he was going to have a long night. Turned out to be a long night for the Flyers.
Smurfs No More – Jacques Martin was quick to point out again after this game that the Canadiens can’t be considered a small hockey team any more. They have size on every one of their forward lines and they used it against the Flyers who are always in the mood to rough things up. Pacioretty, Cole, Eller and Moen are all 6’2″ Kostitsyn 6’0″ Blunden is 6’4″ and Nokelainen is 6’1″. That’s seven of the 12 forwards that started against the Flyers six feet or over. All off them are over 200lbs.
They Needed That – Yannick Weber has scored two of the four power play goals the Canadiens have this season and after the game Jacques Martin was quick to point out that both were very important. Weber scored with 2.6 seconds remaining in the first period to tie a game that, at that point, was mostly Philadelphia. It belonged to the Canadiens the rest of the way. Has anybody noticed that Weber leads the team at plus-5, a stat that does not include power play success?
The Left Wing Juggling Act – Pacioretty started the game with Cole and Desharnais. As soon as Martin became confident that he could play he was back with Plekanec and Gionta. Cammalleri started with Eller and and Kostitsyn and played the last two periods with Desharnia and Cole. Moen served early time with Plekanec and then finished up with Eller and Kostitsyn. Needless to say, it all worked out very well.
The Others – Solid all around. Especially Eller and Moen who are excellent third liners. Cammalleri took four shots and scored a goal. How about Spacek, everybody’s whipping boy. Five blocked shots on this night. Gorges had three. So did Gill. Still looking for a little more from Gionta, who had one shot on goal and still seems to be a half step out of psynch.
On The Perry Pearn Dismisal – Take all of the explanations with a grain of salt. Pierre Gauthier and his advisor Bob Gainey felt that there had to be a change in atmosphere and they weren’t prepared to the nattering nabobs of St. Catherine Street and lop off Jacques Martin’s head. The company line from Martin in the post game news conference, “it was an organizational decision.” And decision in which he did not play a heavy part.
Next Up – The Bruins home-and-home. Pacioretty gets to play against Chara for the first time since the incident March 8th.