P.K. Subban scored a power play goal at 1:19 of overtime for a hardfought 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre Tuesday night. The win left the Can adiens alone in 6th place in the Eastern Conference, a position they’ve held for most of the last twenty-six games. Michael Cammalleri gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead in the second period but Patrick Kane scored three minutes later to tie it up. Carey Price faced twenty shots in the third period and forty-three on the night in getting the win.
Summing It Up –
…..Where to start? This was a great piece of entertainment, no matter who was eventually declared the winner. A reprise of what we saw through nineteen games of last year’s playoffs.
…..First there was Carey Price. He was good in the first period, but the Canadiens had control. He was better in the second period as the Hawks started to find their skating legs. He was spectacular in the third especially during a power play in which Chicago peppered him with seven shots, four of them in the first twenty-four seconds. Included was a highlight reel save in which Price batted the puck out of midair with his glove while flat on his back. Shots on goal were 20-9 in the third period and 43-36 overall.
…..P.K. Subban was the best part of a top-to-bottom outstanding night for the game’s six defensemen. Subban’s fifth shot on goal was the overtime game-winner. We know all about Subban, Gill, Wisniewski and Hamrlik. What was really encouraging was the play of Brent Sopel and Paul Mara. Sopel blocked six shots. Mara had three blocks. The Canadiens defense blocked 25 shots to 13 by Chicago.
….Up front Andrei Kostitsyn was probably the best forward on the ice (with due respect to the Blackhawks Patrick Kane). Kostitsyn made a great play from behind the net to set up Cammalleri for the first goal and sent a perfect cross-ice pass to Subban for the game winner.
….Not to underestimate the contributions of Kostitsyn’s linemates, Cammalleri and Plekanec. The three combined for twelve shots on goal. Cammalleri and Kostitsyn each had five. Cammalleri had five scoring chances in the third period, most of them set up by Plekanec.
…..If there can be a down side in a game like this, it might have been Mathieu Darche who didn’t seem to have much jump to his game on this night. In the third period, he was replaced by Benoit Pouliot on the Gomez/Gionta line.
…..We could have done without the penalties. The Canadiens took five to Chicago’s three in regulation time. But all was forgiven, when P.K. Subban broke up a Jonathan Toews partial overtime breakaway and then drew the penalty that paved the way for his overtime winner.
And so it goes. The Canadiens are in the playoffs. Now it’s a matter of who they play in the first round. Right now it’s Boston. But the hold on sixth place is tenuous with two games remaining. Buffalo won Tuesday night and they’re back in seventh place with the idle Rangers eighth.
The Eastern Standings are games Tuesday.
GP Pts. Next Game
1st –Washington 80 105** – vs. FLA Wed; @FLA Saturday
2nd -Philadelphia 80 103** @BUF Fri; vs.NYI Saturday
3rd – Boston 79 99** vs. NYI Wed; vs. OTT Saturday; @NJD Sunday
4th – Pittsburgh 80 102 @NYI Friday; @ATL Sunday
5th – Tampa Bay 80 99 vs. FLA Friday; @CAR Saturday
6th – Canadiens 80 93 @ OTT Thurs; @ TOR Saturday
7th – Buffalo 80 92 vs. PHA Friday; @CBJ Saturday
8th – NY Rangers 80 91 vs. ATL Thursday; vs. NJD Saturday
9th – Carolina 79 87 vs. DET Wed. @ATL Friday; vs. TBY Saturday
Eliminated – Toronto, Atlanta, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Ottawa and Florida.
The Corsi/Fenwick Numbers
|Game Number||Team||Player Number||Goals||Saved shots||Missed Shots||Fenwick+/-||Blocked Shots||Corsi+/-|
|21187||MTL||11 – C – GOMEZ, SCOTT||0||1||7||11||8||5||-2||3||10||-9|
|21187||MTL||13 – L – CAMMALLERI, MICHAEL||1||0||11||11||6||5||2||5||3||4|
|21187||MTL||14 – C – PLEKANEC, TOMAS||1||0||9||9||6||4||3||5||1||7|
|21187||MTL||20 – D – WISNIEWSKI, JAMES||0||1||10||14||6||3||-2||5||10||-7|
|21187||MTL||21 – R – GIONTA, BRIAN||0||1||7||11||8||7||-4||3||10||-11|
|21187||MTL||22 – D – MARA, PAUL||1||0||7||6||6||5||3||1||5||-1|
|21187||MTL||31 – G – PRICE, CAREY||1||1||25||27||17||13||2||11||19||-6|
|21187||MTL||32 – L – MOEN, TRAVIS||0||0||2||7||1||1||-5||2||6||-9|
|21187||MTL||44 – D – HAMRLIK, ROMAN||0||1||10||15||5||5||-6||5||9||-10|
|21187||MTL||46 – L – KOSTITSYN, ANDREI||1||0||10||9||5||5||2||5||2||5|
|21187||MTL||52 – L – DARCHE, MATHIEU||0||1||5||6||3||4||-3||2||8||-9|
|21187||MTL||53 – C – WHITE, RYAN||0||0||5||0||2||0||7||1||1||7|
|21187||MTL||55 – D – SOPEL, BRENT||1||0||7||4||5||5||4||1||8||-3|
|21187||MTL||57 – L – POULIOT, BENOIT||0||0||4||5||4||2||1||1||4||-2|
|21187||MTL||58 – C – DESHARNAIS, DAVID||0||0||1||3||1||3||-4||0||4||-8|
|21187||MTL||75 – D – GILL, HAL||0||0||8||7||6||4||3||5||2||6|
|21187||MTL||76 – D – SUBBAN, P.K.||0||0||8||9||6||6||-1||5||5||-1|
|21187||MTL||81 – C – ELLER, LARS||0||0||8||4||2||0||6||3||3||6|
|21187||MTL||94 – C – PYATT, TOM||0||0||4||3||2||1||2||3|