Dustin Byfulgien scored a power play goal with 1:17 remaining in overtime to give the Atlanta Thrashers a 4-3 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. In game in which the Canadiens outshot the Thrashers 50-28 the Canadiens never had the lead.

Brian Gionta scored the goal that sent the game into overtime with less than five minutes remaining. The other goals were scored by Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban. James Wisniewski and Scott Gomez continue to be the Canadiens hottest scorers. Each recorded an assist in the game.

Summing It Up

Another day in the life.

I know. I know.   ‘Shots on goal’ is a deceptive statistic. But really?  The Canadiens have produced almost a hundred shots on goal over the last two games and have an overtime win and an overtime loss to show.  Give them credit.  They worked hard.  But, in the end, accomplished little.

Carey Price seems to have run out of miracles. The winning goal deserves some second guessing. Those game-saving stops he was producing in October and November have not been seen for the last month.  And the winning goal, which was scored over the top of his glove from 50 feet was not one of his finest moments. 

But, Carey Price or not, at this point in time the Habs are a one-line hockey team. The Gomez line was on the ice for two of the three Canadiens goals. They produced 21 of the 50 shots on goal (Gionta had nine of them and Pacioretty, eight).

While Plekanec scored a brilliant goal, thanks to a terrific feed from Wisniewski, the line was largely on the perimeter for most of the afternoon. Second best line of the night was Desharnais (in his season debut)/Darche and Pouliot. And what’s gone wrong with Jeff Halpern/Tom Pyatt/Travis Moen who were a combined minus-5 on the day. Their ice time as a unit was reduced to 6:12, almost half the ice time logged by the Desharnais unit.

Next up-Pittsburgh on Thursday. They’ll be in a great frame of mind after losing the Winter Classic to Washington New Year’s day.

The Goalscorers – Atlanta – Peverley (9) (Enstrom-Bogosian); Kane (13th) (Cormier-Thorburn); Ladd (13th) (Enstrom-Bergfors); Byfuglien (16th) PPG-OT (Enstrom-Kane) Montreal – Plekanec (12th) PPG (Wisniewski-Weber); Subban (3rd) PPG (Hamrlik-Gomez); Gionta (14th) (Paciorety-Wisniewski).

Shots on Goal – Atlanta – 5-14-4-5 = 28 Montreal 16-17-16-1 = 50

The Fans’ Three Stars – First – Dustin Byfuglien (game winning goal) Second – Ondrej Pavelec ( stopped 47 of 50 shots. Third – Tomas Plekanec ( 1 goal)

The Fenwick/Corsi Stats

Game Number Team Player Number Goals Saved shots Missed Shots Fenwick+/- Blocked Shots Corsi+/-
20573 MTL 6 – D – SPACEK, JAROSLAV 0 1 12 8 9 3 9 6 5 10
20573 MTL 11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT 1 0 20 6 6 5 16 8 2 22
20573 MTL 13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL 0 0 8 4 10 5 9 2 4 7
20573 MTL 14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS 0 1 7 5 9 5 5 3 4 4
20573 MTL 15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF 0 2 5 3 1 0 1 3 3 1
20573 MTL 20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES 1 1 17 3 7 6 15 4 3 16
20573 MTL 21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN 1 0 20 7 6 5 15 8 1 22
20573 MTL 31 – G – PRICE, CAREY 1 3 43 17 20 11 33 18 11 40
20573 MTL 32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS 0 2 5 3 1 0 1 2 2 1
20573 MTL 44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN 1 1 21 2 7 7 19 5 3 21
20573 MTL 46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI 0 0 6 3 9 5 7 2 2 7
20573 MTL 52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU 0 1 11 2 4 1 11 6 4 13
20573 MTL 57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT 0 1 11 3 4 1 10 6 4 12
20573 MTL 58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID 0 1 11 4 4 1 9 4 4 9
20573 MTL 67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX 1 0 20 7 5 4 15 8 0 23
20573 MTL 68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK 0 0 12 7 9 3 11 5 5 11
20573 MTL 75 – D – GILL, HAL 0 2 12 6 4 1 7 8 3 12
20573 MTL 76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K. 0 1 12 8 4 2 5 8 3 10
20573 MTL 94 – C – PYATT, TOM 0 1 4 2 1 1 1 2 2 1