October 30, 2008 @ Minnesota
The Minnesota Wild have dominated the Northwest Division so far this season and, with Montreal’s loss last week to another tough Western Conference team (that ugly 6-4 affair at the hands of the Ducks), I was a bit concerned for Les Habitants heading into last night’s game.
The Wild struck first with Burns scoring very early in the first period but after that Carey Price shut the door again and again, turning away a total of 27 shots to leading the Habs to a 2-1 regulation victory and restoring any faith that was lost in the Montreal goaltending following the Ducks game. Boullion notched his second of the season and Markov blasted a one-timer in the second to give the Canadiens the lead.
The real highlight of the game was the 100% killing of 10 Montreal penalties including three 5-on-3 situations in the second. The Wild came into the game with the a very high-ranking in both PP and PPK but hte Habs shut them down on both, allowing no powerplay goal from the Wild and scoring one themselves (Markov).
An awesome game all around – look forward to the much weaker Islanders as the Habs visit them on Saturday night.