Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Streak Kept Alive

With the Canadiens winning their previous 3 games, they would face off against the Carolina Hurricanes who have also won their last 3 games. The Montreal Canadiens took first place in their divisional standings Saturday night, and would look to stay on top with a win against the Hurricanes.
  • First Period
    • Petr Budaj would get his second straight start for the Canadiens, as Carey Price was unable to play due to a flu symptom. Both teams would get some pretty good shots on goal, but were not able to score in the first period. The first would come to an end at 0-0.
      • Montreal: 7 Shots On Goal
      • Carolina: 5 Shots On Goal
  • Second Period
    • The Canadiens would come out strong in the second period, Carolina would take costly penalties which created the Canadiens to gain momentum and stay in the Hurricanes zone for more than half of the period. Although the Canadiens did get their chances, Carolina goalie, Cam Ward was there to stop every attempt made by the Canadiens. The Hurricanes would come close late in the second, but Petr Budaj made a couple key saves to keep this game at 0-0 ending the second period.
      • Montreal: 11 Shots On Goal
      • Carolina: 8 Shots On Goal
  • Third Period
    • 2 minutes into the third, Galchenyuk would drive to the net and pass it back to Brandon Prust who would wrist it past Cam Ward opening the score. Nearing the 8th minute mark, Tomas Plekanec from the wing side would take a slapshot which would hit Ward's shoulder and slowly make it's way into the net, making it 2-0 Canadiens. 18 seconds after, Max Pacioretty would just throw one at the net from the center line, the puck would trickle into the net as Pacioretty gets his first of the season making it 3-0 Canadiens. The Canadiens would hang on to win with Budaj getting his first shutout of the season.
      • Montreal: 8 Shots On Goal
      • Carolina: 6 Shots On Goal
With a win last night at the Bell Centre, The Canadiens have now won 4 straight games and are still sitting at the number one spot in the divisional standings since Saturday. The Canadiens move on up to second place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Habs will play the Rangers in the New York today, the Rangers who have won 7 of their last 10 games will look to break the Canadiens win streak at MSG.

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