Byron, Habs Take Down Boston in Close Game
Carey Price made 40 saves and Habs winger Paul Byron scored a late game goal to lift the Canadiens past the Boston Bruins 3-2. The win was Montreal’s second of the season against the Bruins and their 11th overall. In addition to Byron’s winner the Habs saw goals from Shea Weber and Alex Galchenyuk, while Boston players Colin Miller and David Pastrnak lit the lamp for the Bruins.
The Habs came out slow in this one, a worrying trend that has emerged in the last couple of weeks, but thankfully Price was able to keep Boston at bay as the 1st period ended in a scoreless tie. That tie was quickly broken in the 2nd when Weber, Miller, and Galchenyuk all scored in a period of 1:10. This gave a the Habs a 2-1 lead heading into the 3rd. The Bruins tied the game at 6:38 of the 3rd on Pastrnak’s goal, but it was Habs with the last laugh as Byron scored the game winner at 18:58 to propel the Habs to another big win.
Habs Lead League Despite Troubles
Despite the obvious defensive issues that have developed over the last couple weeks, the Canadiens continue to find ways to win games, The victory over Boston was their 11th of the season and gave them a league leading 23 points so far, 3 ahead of their nearest rival. One of the biggest struggles for the Habs has been their penalty kill which is 23rd overall at 78.8%. The team has given up 11 powerplay goals this season, out of a total of 30 goals against. This is something that desperately needs to be addressed by coach Michel Therrien and his staff.
Thankfully for Habs fans the team does seem to be doing well on the score sheet. They sit 4th in the league with 42 goals scored this season, The Habs offensive has been led by Galchenyuk, Weber, and Torrey Mitchell, each of whom have 5 goals this season. Galchenyuk holds the overall points lead for the team with 13 points, while Weber leads the entire NHL in +/- with a score of 15. If Montreal can find a way to solve their defensive struggles they may be unstoppable this year.
Habs Host LA Kings on Thursday
The Habs will have their first encounter of the season with the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night. The Kings are trying to power through their struggles since starting goalie Jonathan Quick was lost to injury and have managed to string together a 3 game winning streak. This includes a 7-0 blowout of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night and a 5-0 shutout over Calgary on Saturday. The back to back shutouts by Peter Budaj have Kings fans feeling optimism for the first time since Quick’s injury. Game time is 7:30PM EST on Thursday.
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