Price Returns as Habs Fans Celebrate
Habs fans rejoiced Thursday night as superstar goalie Carey Price finally returned to regular season action. The Montreal starting goalie was injured last November and missed the remainder of the season, leading to a monumental collapse for the team. After missing the first 3 games of this season with a severe case of the flu, Price backstopped the Canadiens to a 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Yotes managed 29 shots against Price, who turned aside 27 for the win.
For Habs fans it was the end of a bad dream. After starting last season 9-0-0 the team underwent its worse collapse in history following Price’s injury, easily missing the playoffs. Fans were treated to Price’s brilliance during Team Canada’s World Cup run, but with this return to Bell Center ice, the nightmare is finally over.
Habs Offense Overwhelms Yotes
The return of their All Star goalie wasn’t the only high point for the Canadiens, as their offence exploded for 5 goals, chasing Yotes goalie Louis Domingue in the 2nd period. Montreal took a 4 goal lead in the 2nd frame with markers from Alexei Emelin, Torrey Mitchell, Shea Weber, and Alex Galchenyuk. Weber’s goal was his first with the team since the blockbuster draft day trade that brought him to Montreal in exchange for PK Subban.
Arizona quickly answered back after the 4th Habs goal, with a pain of 2nd period goals from Jakob Chychrun, his 1st career goal, and a short-handed tally by Laurent Dauphin. Montreal sealed the victory in the 3rd when rookie Artturi Lehkonen registered his second of the season. With the win Montreal moves to 3-0-1 on the season, while the Yotes fall to 1-2-0. Carey Price is now 8-0-0 all time against the team from Arizona.
Habs Head Back out on The Road
With the end of a quick 2 game homestand the Habs now hit the road for a game in Boston on Saturday before coming home to play the Flyers on Monday. Saturday’s game against the Bruins will be the first meeting between the long time rivals this season. Price’s absence last season led the Bruins to break a 2 year losing streak against the Canadiens. The Habs/Bruins match-up is always one of the most anticipated match-ups of the year, and with the return of Price the Habs will look to regain their dominance over the team from Boston. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm EST.
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