No second guessing in this game.  Two teams playing very well; the Bruins with the lead for most of the night and played it conservative road game.  The Bruins only goal was scored on a defensive foulup between Frederic St. Denis and Yannick Weber as the Canadiens were about to be called on a penalty.  Ference was given a clear shot and blasted the puck over the glove of Carey Price as he was trying to get across the crease on the quick pass by Rich Peverley.

Adding It Up –

Living Up To Expectations –    Two of the best and hottest goaltenders in the league going head to head.   Carey Price, winner of the NHL’s first star of the week earlier in the day;  Tim Thomas with two shutouts over his last five starts, all of them wins.  This was not going to be a 6-5 hockey game.    We can look forward to a lot of this over the next months and perhaps years.

A Chance To Win  – Again,  thanks to what Jacques Martin likes to refer to as five man defense, Carey Price faced fewer than 20 shots for the second straight game.  His shutout string ended at 147:41 seconds.  Price kept the Canadiens in it with a save on a Milan Lucic breakaway with 7 minutes left in a 1-0 game.

Broken Record – Once again Erik Cole was the most dangerous offensive player in a Canadiens uniform.  Against the Bruins he six shots, four scoring chances, five hits and two takeaways.  His line, with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty took seventeen shots, ten of them on-target.

Can’t Blame Him – Lars Eller let his frustration show in post game interviews.  He was part of the busiest, if not the most successful Canadiens line in ths game but again nothing to show for it.  Eller did a lot of good things playing left wing with Scott Gomez and Travis Moen, but again he had nothing to show for his effort.  He has one goal in 19 games this season.

Still On A Roll – Despite taking the1-0  loss Carey Price’s goaltending statistics continue to rise. His goals against average drops from 2.16 to 2.10.

The Quiet Slump  –  Michael Cammalleri had another five shots on goal with nothing to show.  He has one goal his last ten games while  has one goal his last ten games despite taking 39 shots on goal, 35 of them listed as “scoring chances”.  Over the ten games he does have six assists and at plus-1 he’s not hurting the team defensively, but Cammalleri is paid to score goals on this team.

74-Alexei Emelin Checks Boston’s Benoit Pouliot

Making His Mark Life in the NHL has an been up and down one for Alexei Emelin.  He can look at this game as one of the high points.   On his bad nights Emelin has a tendancy to get excited and take himself out of position to make a hit.   There was none of that in this game although he registered five hits including a thundering check on David Krejci early in the first period.  His work in this game earned him third star.

From the Event Summary – Shots on Goal – Erik Cole 6; Michael Cammalleri 5.  Hits – Alexei Emelin & Erik Cole  5 each;  Takeaways – Emelin-2;  Blocked Shots – Raphael Diaz 4; Faceoffs Won/Lost – Tomas Plekanec 11/8 (58%),

Breaking Out –  Carey Price called the way the Canadiens have gone since their four game winning streak as “roller coaster and teeter-totter”.  The club is back to .500 again at 9-9-3.  A tough scheduling stretch isn’t helping matters much and the rest of this week is no walk in the park either.

Moving On – The Canadiens are in Carolina Wednesday and Philadelphia on Friday before returning home for Sidney Crosby and the Penguins Saturday night.  Odds are pretty good we’ll see Peter Budaj in the Carolina game.

The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers

Shots directed at net while a player was on the ice at even strength,
excluding empty net situations

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20294 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 0 5 4 8 2
7
4 3
8
20294 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 6 7 3 5
-3
3 2
-2
20294 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 0 8 8 3 4
-1
3 1
1
20294 MTL 15 – C – NOKELAINEN, PETTERI 0 0 1 0 1 4
-2
0 2
-4
20294 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 0 6 7 3 5
-3
3 2
-2
20294 MTL 26 – D – GORGES, JOSH 0 0 6 7 7 4
2
3 3
2
20294 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 0 0 23 15 16 11
13
12 11
14
20294 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 0 7 6 8 2
7
3 3
7
20294 MTL 51 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 0 9 3 4 1
9
5 5
9
20294 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 0 1 0 1 3
-1
0 2
-3
20294 MTL 60 – R – PALUSHAJ, AARON 0 0 1 0 1 4
-2
0 2
-4
20294 MTL 61 – D – DIAZ, RAPHAEL 0 0 10 4 5 5
6
5 5
6
20294 MTL 62 – D – ST-DENIS, FRÉDÉRIC 0 0 8 3 4 2
7
4 2
9
20294 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 0 0 11 3 5 1
12
6 4
14
20294 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 7 4 4 2
5
5 3
7
20294 MTL 72 – L – COLE, ERIK 0 0 8 3 3 0
8
5 4
9
20294 MTL 74 – D – EMELIN, ALEXEI 0 0 9 4 4 5
4
4 6
2
20294 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 6 8 8 4
2
3 3
2
20294 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 6 4 8 2
8
4 3
9
Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20294 BOS 11 – C – CAMPBELL, GREGORY 0 0 2 5 4 2
-1
1 2
-2
20294 BOS 14 – D – CORVO, JOE 0 0 2 9 2 7
-12
3 1
-10
20294 BOS 17 – L – LUCIC, MILAN 0 0 3 10 1 6
-12
4 5
-13
20294 BOS 18 – R – HORTON, NATHAN 0 0 3 11 1 5
-12
3 6
-15
20294 BOS 19 – C – SEGUIN, TYLER 0 0 5 6 4 5
-2
2 2
-2
20294 BOS 20 – L – PAILLE, DANIEL 0 0 1 2 4 1
2
1 2
1
20294 BOS 21 – D – FERENCE, ANDREW 0 0 2 3 1 8
-8
2 6
-12
20294 BOS 22 – L – THORNTON, SHAWN 0 0 1 3 4 1
1
1 1
1
20294 BOS 23 – C – KELLY, CHRIS 0 0 6 5 3 5
-1
5 2
2
20294 BOS 30 – G – THOMAS, TIM 0 0 15 23 11 16
-13
11 12
-14
20294 BOS 33 – D – CHARA, ZDENO 0 0 12 9 8 4
7
6 4
9
20294 BOS 37 – C – BERGERON, PATRICE 0 0 5 5 4 4
0
2 2
0
20294 BOS 44 – D – SEIDENBERG, DENNIS 0 0 3 13 2 6
-14
4 3
-13
20294 BOS 46 – C – KREJCI, DAVID 0 0 2 10 1 6
-13
3 6
-16
20294 BOS 49 – C – PEVERLEY, RICH 0 0 6 3 2 5
0
5 3
2
20294 BOS 54 – D – MCQUAID, ADAM 0 0 2 4 1 5
-6
2 7
-11
20294 BOS 55 – D – BOYCHUK, JOHNNY 0 0 9 8 8 2
7
5 3
9
20294 BOS 63 – C – MARCHAND, BRAD 0 0 6 7 4 5
-2
2 3
-3
20294 BOS 67 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 5 2 1 3
1
4 2
3