(Montreal) The pre-game presentation ended with Carey Price at center ice, holding high the torch. It was an omen to end the evening he would know.
The goalkeeper of the Canadiens stood firm while his colleagues leadership group knew a laborious beginning of the match, and CH defeated the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday in the evening local opening of the season.
Goals from Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise, and Tomas Plekanec Montreal allowed to remain perfect this season.
For the first time in over a century of history, the CH hereby initiates a campaign with five straight wins. And we can safely say he faced Thursday evening of the five toughest opponents. Rangers rely on a well-balanced team with a leading goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, who also made his share of spectacular saves.
Lundqvist example demonstrated his talent by midway through the half when he frustrated PK Subban with his leg, while his team defended against 3 to 4.
Game 4 against 3, because it was punishment over punishment in the first 40 minutes. In all, the Canadian has seen three of its power plays to end when Brendan Gallagher, PK Subban and Tomas Plekanec have in turn been punished. The three assistants, as well as the fourth Andrei Markov, have all made mistakes that prevented powerplay units threaten the Rangers.
But that’s no problem. When a team has returned 5-0, problems special units are less worrisome strand. Especially when it comes to this issue with panache, or never even be found back in a game!
Price and Lundqvist are among the best – if not the best – of their profession. And alone Thursday they were worth the price of admission.
Lundqvist was against Subban in the first period, and against Alex Galchenyuk very end of the second period to allow his teammates to stay one goal. The third period, it was the turn of David Desharnais, abandoned in net, to be frustrated by King Henrik.
Price, he condensed his brilliance shots in the second period. He first repaired the error of his teammates and Max Pacioretty Markov, who played softly on a zone output, and resisted Rick Nash.
Then the end of engagement, Canadian defended against 3 5. In this situation, it is generally said that your best player to be your guardian. This is exactly what happened. Price Derek Stepan robbed twice in 26 seconds, on similar games: the transversal passes to his right side. He roared the Bell Centre for a second time after the opening ceremonies.
But Price had one last dramatic move ahead before the intermission: his famous big gap with the mitt forward to Nash costs.
The defensive unit Habs pulled herself together in the last twenty, allowing just seven shots in New York. Price concluded his night with 25 saves.
At the other end too, the chances did not come as frequently, but Lundqvist watched the grain when Devante Smith-Pelly threatened with under four minutes to play. Alexander Semin has also got a chance to score. Was it his way of responding after skipping a few laps alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk?
Lundqvist has however weakened late in the game, a shot of Dale Weise, for the purpose of insurance of the winners.
On Saturday it was the turn of the Detroit Red Wings try to subject the Canadiens 2015-2016 his first defeat.