Price Preserves Win for Habs
The Montreal Canadiens squeeked by the Los Angeles Kings in a matinee encounter at the Staples Centre, snapping a four game losing streak.
The first period featured some spectacular saves by Carey Price and looked like the Kings would not score at all. The Habs were outshot by a large margin only managing a handful of shots while giving up fourteen. The good news is the woeful power play finally scored on a nice shot by Tomas Plekanec. The much maligned power play has quietly started a string of a modest two games in a row I believe. The penalty killing units were counted on to do yeoman service once again in the first when the Habs killed off three penalties in a row including a 39 second 5 on 3.
The second period featured a beautiful passing play by Louis Leblanc to Lars Eller to the one and only Andrei Kostitsyn who shot a bullet into the net. The Kings responded on a power play goal by Dustin Penner who deflected a Drew Doughty shot past Carey Price.
The Habs sat back and played defense in the third and managed to hang on for the win. Price had a great game and was helped on a few occasions by his friends the posts and crossbar.
There were two hits from behind on the afternoon which could be reviewed. One was a hit by Lars Eller on Drew Doughty - as well as Justin Williams on PK Subban. Neither player was injured on the play and both were given minors for their efforts.
The big news of the day for the Habs was that once they finally found defenseman Andrei Markov (right where they left him) they learned that he is going to have some scar tissue removed from his twice operated knee. This means another three weeks at least before Markov returns to the lineup. I do not want to sound pessimistic but this was the same type of news that was heard eons ago regarding Bobby Orr and we know how that turned out. Perhaps it is not as bad as all that but it is beginning to look that way.