In the 2009-2010 home opener, the Canadiens went to overtime to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Josh Gorges scored the game winner with only 18 seconds left in the overtime period on the tag end of a Mike Cammalleri rush. The Canadiens had seven players in their lineup who were not in the organization the the previous season ended. (Highlights Below)
The Canadiens were outshot 46-27 and yet Carey Price was named second star in the game behind Gorges who had the game winner and an assist.
Andrei Markov suffered a severed ankle tendon injury at 9:09 of the second period when he was accidentally cut by Carey Price’s skate in a goalmouth collision. He would miss 33 games. (Video of injury below)
Ex-Canadien Mike Komisarek was the game goat. A doubleminor for highsticking Scott Gomez in the first period led to the game’s first goal. And elbowing penalty to Komisarek, with the Leafs ahead 2-1 in the third, led to the Glen Metropolit goal that tied the game.
Three fights in the game including Colton Orr vs. Georges Laraque at 1:51 of the first period. Also Travis Moen vs. Jay Rosehill and Moen/Komisarek.
Quote of the Night – Glen Metropolit on finding himself on the power play late in the game.
“I couldn’t believe I was on the power play…so, I’m like, ‘Where do I go?’. So I said, ‘Why not go to the front of the net.'”
The unorthodox power play that produced the tieing goal was Metropolit, Plekanec, A. Kostitsyn, Paul Mara and Josh Gorges.
After leaving Price alone through the first 50 minutes of the game (Canadiens outshot 39-16), the Canadiens cranked it up down the stretch outshooting the Leafss 7-2 through the final ten minutes en route to tieing the game.
On Carey Price – Josh Gorges “He was unbelievable. He held us in there when the game could have got out of hand.” Mike Cammalleri “Carey stood on his head. He won us the game.”
The Goalscorers – Montreal Gionta PPG (Cammalleri-Plekanec); Moen (Metropolit-Laraque); Metropolit PPG (Gorges-Mara); Gorges (Cammalleri-Plekanec) Toronto – Ponikarovsky (Grabovski-Hagman), Stajan PPG (Kaberle-Beauchemin), Stajan PPG (Blake-Stalberg)
Shots on Goal – Montreal 7-6-10-4 = 27 Toronto 14-16-12-4 = 46
Three Stars – First – Josh Gorges Second – Carey Price Third – Matt Stajan.
Video Highlights of Game
Video of Markov Injury