canadiens sharks stalockSharks backup goaltender Alex Stalock stopped all 20 shots and his teammates skated to a 4-0 shutout win over the Canadiens Monday night in San Jose.

Ben Smith, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal earlier in the day scored what proved to be the winning goal early in the first period and added an assist. With the defeat Carey Price’s club record 10 game road winning streak came to an end.

Other goalscorers for the Sharks were Joe Pavelski, Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau. Final shots on goal in the game were 37-20 in San Jose’s favour. The three stars were Blalock, Pavelski and Smith.

Adding It Up

Have Their Number – The Sharks now have shut the Canadiens out three straight games and outscored them 10-0 dating back to last season, a shutout streak of 191 minutes 14 seconds. Antti Niemi recorded the two shutouts last season. The Canadiens haven’t won a game in San Jose since November 1999.

Doomed From the Outset – The Canadiens left their legs on their charter flight from Montreal Sunday. This was by far the worst road game the Canadiens have played since Dallas took them apart 4-1 on December 6th. How bad were they, you ask? This bad. At the ten minute mark of the second period the were down 3-0. Shots on goal were 22-9, the scoring chances were 23-6 and they were outhit 21-7.

Too Late to the Show – It wasn’t until the 15th minute of the second period that the Desharnais line gave the Canadiens what could be loosely called it’s first productive shift of the game. From that point on the game was played pretty much on even terms but it was already 3-0 and comebacks from that kind of deficit are nearly extinct in our “New NHL”.

No Help – He’d never say it, but Carey Price couldn’t be very happy with the kind of support given him from the team in front of him. They were bad top to bottom. At the end of the night the Sharks took 50 unblocked shots on him and had 34 scoring chances. Two of the four goals came on San Jose’s power play. Nothing he could do on any of them. As Michel Therrien would be quick to point out, the Habs didn’t play the game “the right way.”

canadiens sharksOn the Bright Side – The second half of the game was closer to the kind of hockey we’ve seen from the Canadiens over the last three months which may be a good sign as the Habs head in to Anaheim and then Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

Also Worth Mentioning – ……The Canadiens traded for Devante Smith-Pelle because of his physical presence. He finally began to come out of his shell and show some of it in the second half of the game. ….Jeff Petry had his ups and downs in the game, which was predictable considering he started his day in Edmonton. He did attempt five shots on goal, four of them were blocked.  He blocked a shot, recorded a takeaway, recorded a hit and saved Price with a goalmouth clear.  All things considered, not too bad. ……A 37% night in the faceoff circle for the Habs. Plekanec won only 4 of 18.  ……Only the Desharnais/Pacioretty/Gallagher line remained intact throughout the game.  Therrien tried ten other combinations trying to bring some offense to the game with no success.   ….Just one of those games best quickly forgotten.  

Moving On – Newly acquired forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will join the Canadiens at practice Tuesday at Anaheim. It doesn’t get any easier. They play the Ducks Wednesday and move over to Los Angeles to face the Kings on Thursday before finishing up at Phoenix on Saturday night.