What was that all about? 

The Canadiens had a simply awful night against the Thrashers in Atlanta Friday night, dominated in every area of the game in dropping a 3-0 decision. After trailing 1-0 at the end of the first period, the Thrashers outshot the Canadiens 23-4 in the second and scored twice to lock the game up.

Alex Auld, making his second start of the season, was given no help from his teammates. The final shots on goal were 47-25. Rich Peverley scored twice for Atlanta. The other Thrashers goal was scored by Tobias Enstrom. Of the Canadiens eight losses in regulation time, they have shut out four times.

Summing It Up – It might be a good idea for the Canadiens to reconsider where they hold their annual rookie dinner. Two years ago, two members of the team wound up in jail following the dinner. This time the Habs played like they had too much turkey. This was the second straight embarassing road performance by the team. They were bad in Philadelphia on Monday. They were worse in Atlanta against a team that they knew was going to turn up against them. A particularly bad night for Hal Gill and Josh Gorges on defence. Among the people you count on to score goals, only Plekanec and Gionta turned up, and even their games were unremarkable. Another one to write off. Saturday night it’s Buffalo, who come in to Montreal after beating Toronto at home Friday night. 

How It Went 

The First Period 

Deceptive Statistic – The teams took a total of 28 shots in the first period, few of them memorable. Gionta had a good chance during an early power play from Plekanec. He again had a good shot midway throught he period and Auld was good on Antropov when Plekanec took a bad slashing penalty at 12:42. 

Breaking the Ice – Hal Gill working the puck at the side of the net and was checked from behind by Peverley who then beat a startled Alex Auld to make it 1-0. The goal came with 19 seconds left in the period. End of the first period, Atlanta-1 Montreal-0. The Thrashers outshot the Canadiens 15-13. 

The Second Period 

Penalty Trouble – The Canadiens played were shorthanded four of the first seven minutes of the second period and the Thrashers started to roll. Two lazy penalties, one to Hamrlik for high sticking at seventeen seconds and Gionta for charging. By the time the Canadiens had killed the second penalty, Atlanta was outshooting Montreal 11-2. Both Canadiens shots, by Pyatt and Gomez were while they were killing penalties. 

Knuckler – At 8:52 Josh Gorges cleared the puck right on to the stick of Tobias Enstrom who let a floater go from the blueline that appeared to drop under the glove of Auld. Atlanta led 2-0. 

Another Bad One– P.K. Subban was given a penalty for tripping at 14:42, the Canadiens third of the period. 

One To Have Back – While Subban was in the penalty box Rich Peverley launched a 30 foot snap shot that should have been dealt with by Auld. It got by him and it was 3-0. It was the Thrashers 21st shot of the period so it’s hard to get down on Auld. End of two periods it was 3-0 Thrashers. Shots on goal in the second period 23-4. 

The Third Period 

Playing It Out – With a 3-0 led, and knowing the Canadiens had missed the bus, the Thrashers sat back and paid attention to closing off the neutral zone. The Canadiens did get nine shots, but nothing worth writing about. It ends 3-0. Alex Auld stopped 44 of 47 shots. 

The Goalscorers – Atlanta Peverley ((4th) (Bergfors-Enstrom); Enstrom (Unassisted); Peverley (5th) PPG (Byfuglien-Ladd) Montreal – None 

Shots on Goal – Montreal 13-4-8 = 25 Atlanta 15-23-9 = 47 

Three Stars – First – Rich Peverley (2 goals – 5 shots) Second – Ondrej Pavelec (shutout – 25 saves) Third – Dustin Byfuglien (assist – ten shots on goal)

 The Game’s Fenwick/Corsi Numbers

Game Number Team Player Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20330 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 0 4 11 1 1 -7 0 2 -9
20330 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 0 1 6 11 1 1 -6 4 2 -4
20330 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 1 4 9 2 3 -7 3 2 -6
20330 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 1 5 9 1 1 -5 6 3 -2
20330 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 0 1 7 0 2 -8 1 2 -9
20330 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 0 1 6 12 1 2 -8 10 2 0
20330 MTL 26 – D – GORGES, JOSH 0 2 5 12 1 0 -8 7 3 -4
20330 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 1 4 8 2 1 -4 2 2 -4
20330 MTL 35 – G – AULD, ALEX 0 2 15 32 3 7 -23 15 7 -15
20330 MTL 40 – C – LAPIERRE, MAXIM 0 0 2 6 0 2 -6 1 3 -8
20330 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 0 0 6 13 1 1 -7 6 2 -3
20330 MTL 45 – D – PICARD, ALEXANDRE 0 0 6 9 1 6 -8 5 2 -5
20330 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 1 8 14 1 1 -7 10 3 0
20330 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 0 3 3 0 2 -2 2 0 0
20330 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 0 2 6 0 3 -7 2 0 -5
20330 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 2 3 10 1 0 -8 4 3 -7
20330 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 0 6 9 1 6 -8 8 2 -2
20330 MTL 81 – C – ELLER, LARS 0 0 3 5 1 3 -4 4 0 0
20330 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 0 1 5 0 0 -4 0 2 -6