P.A. Parenteau scored the game winner in the third round of the shootout and the Canadiens came out of the Saddledome in Calgary with a 2-1 victory over the Flames Tuesday night. It was the first time the Canadiens had won a game in Calgary since January 2002. Once again it was a come from behind win for the Habs, who now have a season record of 8-2-0. Defenseman Mark Giordano opened the game scoring early in the second period but just past the midpoint of the middle period Tom Gilbert threaded a puck through a screen to tie it, paving the way for the eventual overtime. Carey Price made 37 saves in regulation time and another three in the shootout. Final shots on goal were 38-19. The three stars were Price, Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau and Giordano.
Adding It Up –
No Legs – This was the second game in 24 hours, two time zones away from home and it showed. The Canadiens were listless and it showed. They held their own in the first period but from the start of the second period to the end of the overtime 29-13.
Where to Start? – Only one place to start …..and end. In the Canadiens nets. Carey Price is the Canadiens difference maker. While the rest of the Canadiens were in a funk, Price was on top of things from the git-go. We can pick out special saves, but in the end it was his entire body of work that was extraordinary. He stopped 37 of 38, twelve of the shots came while the Canadiens were killing off penalties.
Whistleblowers – The lopsided nature of the game showed in those penalty statistics. The Canadiens had to kill off seven minor penalties in the game including three in the final 6 ½ minutes of regulation time to survive the night. There were a total of 14 minor penalties called in the game by referees Brad Meier and Tom Kowal, most of them well-earned.
Nailbiter – That the Canadiens were in the game with eight minutes left was surreal. The final 7:28 took surreal to a new level. It started when Jarred Tinordi was sent off for kneeing. On the power play, Monahan and Gaudreau has scoring chances. 22 seconds after the Tinordi penalty ended, P.A. Parenteau took an awful cross checking penalty in front of the Calgary net. Monahan and Jones had glorious chances and missed the net and that penalty ended . But less than a minute later, the Habs fouled up a line change and Alexei Emelin was forced to take a hooking penalty at 17:47. Only one more shot on goal and the Canadiens had stolen a point.
Chuck-ee – We didn’t a whole lot of our budding superstar until the final minute of overtime and boy, did he put on a show then. In the final 47 seconds Galchenyuk ran the game with his stickhandling and control inside the Flames blueline.
Unsung Hero – Amid the talk of Price and Parenteau and Galchenyuk, you won’t hear the name Mike Weaver much. Weaver played on the third defense paring with Jarred Tinordi. He also kills penalties. The Canadiens were shorthanded 13:15 in the game. Weaver was out killing penalties for 8:52 of that. He blocked three shots, stopped seven attempts to pass the puck across the goalmouth and the penalty killing was perfect on the night. Weaver may not get mention in dispatches but Carey Price appreciates him.
Also Worth Mentioning – ……The Canadiens power play remains almost hopeless. No net presence. Little puck control in the offensive zone and now after an 0-for-3 in this game: 0-for-21 on the road this season. Three power plays goals in ten games. One of those was scored into an empty net. …..The Canadiens third line remains an on-going issue. Nobody’s complaining about the play of Lars Eller. Rene Bourque is back to where he was during the regular season last year and the coaching staff is mixing and matching right wing. Bourque had three shots but Eller and whoever was on right wing on the line, (Weise/Prust) produced zero shots. Can RW Sven Andrighetto be far away from a call-up from Hamilton? …. Nothing stands out on the Canadiens side of the scoresheet except Andrei Markov logging a team-leading 30:14 ice time (compared with P.K. Subban’s 24:33). Bourque and Gallagher had three shots each and Weaver and Gilbert blocked three shots each. In every one of those columns Calgary dominated.