Opening Weekend

With the Canadiens’ home-opener not taking place until Wednesday, Les Habitants began their season with a quick three-game road trip and split the first two matches between Buffalo on Friday and Toronto on Saturday. They came out of the fray with a 1-0-1 record with seven goals for and only three against, securing an early lead in the Northeast Division heading into Monday’s game in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

The Habs played decently against the Sabres on Friday and Carey Price was stellar throughout the 60 minutes of regulation as they headed into overtime tied 1-1. After a scoreless overtime and a barrage of missed shots by the Canadiens (a problem throughout the game) Price was beaten twice with a backhand over his right pad in the shootout and the Sabres ended up winning the match 2-1, leaving Montreal with one point.

The next night saw the rival Maple Leafs playing host and the Habs made no mistakes, going up 5-0 by the middle of the second period and eventually winning 6-1. Sergei Kostitsyn had two powerplay goals, captain Koivu had three assists and former Halifax Moosehead and off-season acquisition Alex Tanguay netted a goal and added three assists to lead the Habs. Jaroslav Halak took the net against the weak Leafs team and gave a spectacular performance.

We head into Monday’s game in good shape after the disappointing offensive effort in Buffalo and the boys seem to be confident about their game. Expect Price to be back in net as the Canadiens work to repay Philly for last season’s playoff ousting.

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