After two periods that will not fade in history, the Canadiens exploded for three goals in the final third, en route to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at the Bell Centre.
The Canadians, who has signed a tenth win in 15 games this season, won its last four games. The Canadiens took the lead in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of Boston, which has two games in hand, however, the men of Michel Therrien. Canadian continues to surprise this season. Last is the last year, the team shows a completely different face and few observers would have predicted that Montrealers reach the ten so early in the campaign. Last year, the Canadian had reached this plateau in his 22nd game.
Peter Budaj signed a second straight win in goal in the absence of Montreal Carey Price. He blocked 19 shots he faced to sign a first shutout this season and tenth of his career. This is his first since November 6, 2010 while he was in the uniform of the Colorado Avalanche
Budaj has played second chance when he was able to block the puck with his right arm after it is mounted in the air after a pass from Alexander Semin had deflected off the stick of Raphael Diaz. The porter Canadian has seen the puck at the last second.
“It’s a special feeling to sign a first shutout the Canadiens at the Bell Centre, given the long tradition of excellence of the team, said Budaj. This is a bonus because the most important thing is to win games, to play for the logo that features on the sweater. ‘
On his 25th career game against the Canadiens, Cam Ward, who refused to meet with reporters after the game, was solid in the first two periods before yielding three times on eight shots in the final 20 minutes. It still shows a winning record against the Habs 14-8-3.
If the pace was uneven with big butts, there has been a great battle of inferiority digital.
“To be effective in a tight style of play, we need the contribution of the five players on the ice, said the Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. As I said to the guys after the second period, if we want to be a good team we have to feel comfortable to play similar games. It’s part of the learning process to be successful. ‘
The Canadian strong man, Brandon Prust, took advantage of the talent of his fellow trio Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller for his second of the season early in the third. He beat Ward after Galchenyuk had carried the puck around the net.
At 12:03, Tomas Plekanec has eluded the vigilance of Ward with a powerful slap shot that hit his left shoulder before falling into the net. Then, 18 seconds later, Max Pacioretty got a gift Hurricanes goalie for his first goal of the season. Canadian striker shot from the center of the ice and the puck after a jump, beat Ward, who has already appeared better.
“I do not think about that when I said that the first goal would not be Max’s most beautiful, spoke Therrien. So much the better if it can help increase confidence. ‘
Sunday questionable due to flu, PK Subban has make its presence felt in the first period with two percussive hits. It was first blocked the way Alexander Semin near the blue line before recur later against Patrick Dwyer, who became acquainted with the back of the Canadian.
“We have not shown the same energy as usual, said Eric Staal. We have not been able to win the battles against one. ‘
“We did not play like we usually do. It was not our best game, said Jordan Staal. We were confident to start the third, but was unable to play our style. ”
“It’s like a wake-up call for us, said coach Kirk Muller, who saw the sequence of three wins to end his club. When you do not skate, you can not win battles. ”
“It was 0-0 after 40 minutes of play and we had our game up a notch to win, said Muller. Third, we did not have the energy that we normally characterized. ”
Canadians play its next game tonight in New York against the Rangers.
“I look forward, commented that bringing the colors of the” Blueshirts “for three seasons. You never know what to expect supporters of Rangers. But I think most respects what I did for the team. Supporters appreciate players like me who fuck with all games. ‘
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