The Canadiens scored on their second and fourth shots of the game and made the two-goal lead stand up in a 4-2 win over the Lightning in Tampa Bay. It was the Canadiens fourth win in a row and fifth in the last six games. Four of the five wins have come on the road.
Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Canadiens. Hal Gill and David Desharnais with the others. Andrei Kostitsyn extended his scoring streak to six games with an assist on the Desharnais goal. Carey Price stopped 43 of 45 shots giving up only goals to Domenic Moore and Vincent Lecavalier.
Summing It Up – When the Canadiens win, for the most part the pattern is clear. Get an early lead and turn the game over to Carey Price. In the three game road trip Price dealt with 117 shots and allowed three goals. In each of the games the Canadiens had 2-0 leads.
…..A lot of hard work went into this game. The Canadiens were on top of the Lightning from the start. When the Canadiens are on top of their speed game they are very difficult to beat. The Lightning had no answer for it, especially in the first period. Fewer than half of their 45 shots were bonafide scoring chances and Price for the most part didn’t give the Lightning second chances.
…..There will be no complaining about Scott Gomez after this game. He was outstanding from start to finish along with his linemates, Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty scored twice and was a big part of Hal Gill’s second goal in two games, screening Dwayne Roloson on the 50 foot slapshot.
…..About the defense which has become very stingy in the last couple of weeks. Outside of being a veritable scoring machine the last two games, Hal Gill had another great game inside his own blueline. Roman Hamrlik blocked five shots.
The top four (Hamrlik/Wisniewski & Gill/Subban) logged almost 30 shifts each. Sopel and Weber were out there for only 20 shifts.
…..Jacques Martin continues to bring David Desharnais along slowly. Despite scoring his eighth goal in 27 games while averaging 12 minutes of ice time, Martin is not putting him in a position where he can fail. Desharnais had only two shifts in the third period.
……Andre Kostitsyn now has a six game point streak. He took advantage of a giveaway to set up Desharnais on the Canadiens second goal. That’s three goals five assists during the streak.
……Lars Eller wasn’t as noticeable as he was at Florida but he continues to do a lot of heavy lifting when he’s not contributing offensively and chemistry with Moen and Kostitsyn is very good.
……Special teams again won the night. The Canadiens were 2 for 3 on the power play. Tampa was 1 for 6. Key moment of the game, the Canadiens killing off 1:31 of 5-on-3 early in the third period in which the Tampa managed just 55 foot slap shot from Vincent Lecavalier and Carey Price poke-checked the puck away from a wide-open Steven Stamkos before he could get the shot off.
……And now it’s time to start looking at the Eastern Conference standings with around sixteen games left. Buffalo won in Philadelphia today and Boston managed a point in the overtime loss at home to Pittsburgh. So things tighten up. The Canadiens are one point behind Washington and five points behind Pittsburgh, with whom they have a game in hand. The Canadiens will play the Bruins Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
- Philadelphia 64 86**
- Boston 65 84**
- Tampa Bay 65 81**
- Pittsburgh 67 84
- Washington 65 80
- Montreal 66 79
- NY Rangers 67 72
- Carolina 66 71
** = Division Leader
Goalscoring – Canadiens -Gill (2) (Gionta-Plekanec); Desharnais (8th) PPG (Kostitsyn); Pacioretty (13th) PPG (Plekanec-Subban); Pacioretty (14th) (Gomez). Tampa Bay – Moore (12th) PPG (Kubina-Purcell); Lecavalier (16th) (Moore-Purcell)
Shots on Goal – Montreal 9-9-5 = 23 Tampa 13-14-18 = 45
The Three Stars – First – Max Pacioretty (2 goals – plus 2) Second – Carey Price (stopped 43 of 45 shots) Third – Scott Gomez (1 assist)
The Fenwick/Corsi Numbers
|Game Number||Team||Player||Goals||Saved shots||Missed Shots||Fenwick+/-||Blocked Shots||Corsi+/-|
|20979||MTL||11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT||1||0||8||8||3||2||2||5||6||1|
|20979||MTL||13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL||0||0||4||10||7||1||0||2||4||-2|
|20979||MTL||14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS||1||0||4||10||8||1||2||1||5||-2|
|20979||MTL||15 – C – HALPERN, JEFF||0||0||3||11||7||1||-2||1||5||-6|
|20979||MTL||20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES||0||0||8||16||3||4||-9||4||10||-15|
|20979||MTL||21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN||2||0||8||8||3||1||4||6||4||6|
|20979||MTL||31 – G – PRICE, CAREY||2||1||15||34||14||10||-14||11||19||-22|
|20979||MTL||32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS||0||1||2||10||2||5||-12||4||7||-15|
|20979||MTL||44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN||0||0||9||16||4||3||-6||4||8||-10|
|20979||MTL||46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI||0||1||2||12||2||5||-14||3||8||-19|
|20979||MTL||55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT||0||0||2||10||5||3||-6||3||3||-6|
|20979||MTL||57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT||0||0||2||4||2||2||-2||0||2||-4|
|20979||MTL||58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID||0||0||2||5||2||2||-3||1||1||-3|
|20979||MTL||67 – L – PACIORETTY, MAX||2||0||7||7||3||3||2||5||6||1|
|20979||MTL||68 – D – WEBER, YANNICK||0||0||1||9||3||4||-9||3||4||-10|
|20979||MTL||75 – D – GILL, HAL||2||1||5||8||6||3||1||4||7||-2|
|20979||MTL||76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K.||2||1||5||8||6||3||1||4||6||-1|
|20979||MTL||81 – C – ELLER, LARS||0||1||1||12||2||5||-15||4||7||-18|
|20979||MTL||94 – C – PYATT, TOM||0||0||2||5||2||2||-3||1||2||-4|