It may no longer hockey clinics as we saw last week, but the wins, they continue to accumulate.
The Canadian continued his perfect start to the season on Saturday night by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in account, after a wild night at the Bell Centre.
Carey Price has once again reported, with a performance of 49 stops. In his previous outing against the Blues, he blocked 38 shots to sign the shutout.
It’s ninth straight win for Montrealers as a curtain raiser to the season. The team is now in a position to match the NHL record 10 victories to start a campaign. The Maple Leafs in 1993 and the Buffalo Sabres in 2006 this brand share.
The CH will need a victory against the Canucks Tuesday in Vancouver, to match that record.
It is also the first sequence of the new Canadian series of triumphs since that of 19 October to 6 November 1991. The Habs had then defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 and John Vanbiesbrouck for the ninth consecutive gain.
The captain runs the ship
This duel was uneven appearance, between an undefeated training and reconstruction, which landed in Montreal with a win in six outings.
But for much of the evening, the Leafs have stood up to the Canadian, spending most of the time in the offensive zone against the men in red who struggled to hold territory outputs.
In this regard, the dunce cap back to Alexander Semin, who in the second period, presented a washer directly on the palette of an enemy stick. The CH will be unable to leave its territory and James van Riemsdyk mark 30 seconds later to make it 3-2.
But two blunders of two veterans will flow when the Leafs. First, for a Lars Eller punishment, which gives hope to the Leafs to tie, it is rather the opposite occurs. Max Pacioretty decamp and beat Jonathan Bernier between the legs. The error occurs Quebec keeper at the worst time.
That said, in a match where the Leafs counted 37 shots after 40 minutes, all was not lost. At least until Dion Phaneuf gets an unusual punishment for indiscipline captain. Frustration punishment, after he had been the victim of a hit Dale Weise he has not appreciated.
During the subsequent power play, Brendan Gallagher deflected a shot from PK Subban to make the score 5-2.
The numerical advantage works
If a Canadian is is both fired despite an imperfect performance, that’s partly because its special teams excelled.
Michel Therrien’s men are actually obtained from embarrassment in their numerical inferiority five, including a 3 for 5 against 55 seconds in the middle period. The brilliance of Price was there for something, as could be seen Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul.
And with the man advantage, the HC has hit the target twice, goals from Subban and Gallagher. Of concern early in the season, the power play has now worked on six occasions in the last four meetings.