Weber Scores Late Game Winner to Sink Isles
Shea Weber continued to impress
Wednesday night as he scored the game winning goal against the New York Islanders. The win moves the Canadiens to 6-0-1 on the season, as they remain atop the points standings heaving not yet lost a regulation time game. The Isles fall to 3-4-0 with the loss. Paul Byron and Phillip Danault had the other 2 goals for Montreal, while John Tavares and Dennis Seidenberg lit the lamp for the Islanders.
The Canadiens played game 1 of a 2 games in 2 days schedule. The Habs will play a total of 15 back to back series this season. Al Montoya had the start vs the Isles, meaning that Carey Price will be expected to start vs the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The win on Wednesday was the 7th straight times that Montreal has beaten the Isles, a streak that dates back to a loss on April 10, 2014.
Habs Offence Continuing to Succeed
The Habs started the game off slowly, being out shot 8-6 in the first period, but Al Montoya managed to keep the team in it, allowing them to keep the game scoreless into the 2nd period. Paul Byron broke the scoreless game open at 3:10 of the second with a goal against Isles netminder Thomas Greiss. However New York answered back at the 15 minute mark when Isles captain John Tavares scored an unassisted powerplay goal to tie the game at 1-1.
Phillip Danault scored at 11:21 of the third to re-give Montreal the lead, but New York countered less than 3 minutes later with a goal by Seidenberg. However a late game powerplay allowed Weber to secure the win for the Canadiens. Weber’s goal, at 17:03 of the 3rd period, was his 3rd of the season, a mark that pleases Habs fans, who are quickly learning to love the new addition.
Habs Travel Home to Face Lightning
Perhaps the toughest challenge of the young season awaits the Canadiens on Thursday, when they return home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time this season. The Lightning are 5-1-0 and sit in second place in the division, behind only the Habs. Tampa is coming off a 7-3 shellacking of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, a game that saw 6 different Lightning players score. Ben Bishop is expected to get the start in net for Tampa, while Carey Price will be back in action for the Canadiens. Game time is 7:30pm EST.
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