Price, Weber Hold Off Leafs, Habs 8-0-1
It is a story that many teams can tell. The Leafs may feel that they outplayed the Canadiens on Saturday night, but they couldn’t outplay the Habs netminder. Carey Price was his usual spectacular self, leading the team to a 7th straight win and an October record of 8-0-1. Defenceman Shea Weber scored his third game winning goal since arriving in Montreal, and the Habs took game 1 of the season series between the rivals 2-1.
The Habs looked tired in this one, especially in the first period. The team was playing their 4th game in 6 nights and were likely fatigued, however they still managed to put in an exciting period against the fresher Leafs, and maintain a scoreless game into the second period. Alex Galchenyuk broke the deadlock at 6:11 of the 2nd frame to give the Habs a 1-0 lead. Price would then hold off the attacking Leafs for the remainder of the period,
An ill timed penalty by Alexander Radulov to start the 3rd cost the Habs, as Nazem Kadri was able to beat a screened Price to tie the game 1-1. Unfortunately for the Leafs, a series of penalties found them on the wrong end of a 4 on 3 Habs powerplay, in which Weber was able to blast a shot past Frederik Andersen, to put the Habs ahead for the final time. Price made a total of 37 saves in the victory.
Strong October Record No Indication for Habs
Heading into November, the Habs will be looking to build on their 8-0-1 start, but as last year proved, a strong start is no indication of how a season will play out. The Habs were 10-2-0 in October last year, including a 9-0-0 start, however the loss of Carey Price to injury devastated the team, and caused them to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Habs also went 8-2-1 in October 2014, a season that saw them win the division, but fell short in the playoffs, failing to beat Tampa Bay in the second round. With a combined record of 26-4-2 over the last 3 Octobers, the Habs are hoping this year will see them maintain their dominance all the way to the Cup.
Habs To Open November Against the Canucks
The Habs now have a few days to rest up before kicking off November with a game against the Canucks on Wednesday night. The game will be the second time Montreal faces a western conference team this season, having already defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 October 20th. The Canucks were the team responsible for ending the Habs winning streak last season, downing them 5-1 on October 27th. The Habs will look to avoid a repeat performance this time around. Vancouver is 4-4-1 this season and is coming off a 5-2 loss to Washington on Saturday night. Wednesday’s game is a 7:00pm EST start.
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