Injury Depleted Penguins defeat the Habs
All the injuries accumulated by Pittsburgh - no Crosby, no Malkin, no Letang, no Kennedy, etc - proved to be no problem last night, as the Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.
The game featured two players who hit milestones in their careers. Arron Asham was playing in his 700th career game, and Hal Gill was playing in his 1000th. When Hal's milestone was announced to the crowd, he received a nice ovation from the Pittsburgh fans, which was nice to see.
The game itself was a lackluster affair for the Habs. They got Cammalleri back from his injury, and after playing an up-tempo game against the Sabres on Tuesday, the feeling was that the Habs would carry that emotion and effort onto the game in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, I think the emotion and effort got confiscated in customs.
Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Carey Price played well between the pipes, with Price making the more difficult saves of the two. Fleury gave up the one goal, a tip from Mathieu Darche on a wicked shot by Brian Gionta, and set up by Yemelin who took a check to make a play.
The Penguins goals came on screen shots and second efforts. Price had a nice rebound game, however did get beat three times - once in each period.
The main problem on this Habs team so far this season is their lack of emotion and foot movement. They have the wheels to put other teams in the dust, but do not use it to their advantage.
The last two times the Habs were this unsuccessful in October, the coaches were fired after bad starts to the season. Jacques Demers was fired after a start of 0-4 replaced with Mario Tremblay on October 21, 1995. Enter an emotional Mario Tremblay - first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Will history repeat itself? we shall see.