Power Play Practice Pays off
The New York Rangers paid a visit to the Bell Centre in Montreal. The game featured some nice hitting on both sides and some power play opportunities. The Rangers never got on track in this contest.
Power play goals by Cole and Plekanec paved the way for the Habs dominated game. Carey Price made 17 saves to record his second shutout in as many games played.
The young, inexperienced defenders were certainly up to the task of protecting Price and the net. Emelin once again did some hitting and sound positional play. Crisp clean clearing passes were the order of this evening.
This game featured two goals by the Captain and these were set up by the much-maligned Scott Gomez. They both looked a lot more comfortable playing in this game than they have in quite a while which was very nice to see. If they can continue to play like they did on this evening - The Habs will have found some of the scoring they so desperately need.
The non functioning power play also was firing on all cylinders this game. There was a lot of puck movement and shots on net and most importantly the big bodies were parked in front of Martin Biron screening him.
All in all it was a nice crisp, game - as Jacques Martin probably said - Special teams were the difference. The penalty killing allowed few shots on net and Carey Price was up to the task.
Makes one wonder what would Price have done against the Islanders earlier in the week, but that of course is a moot point.
As long as the Habs play like they did this evening, they should continue their climb up the ladder. Wonder when all the broken bodies return what will happen to the lineup. At the quarter mark in the season the habs appear to be going in the right direction.