Blue Jackets-Canadiens: Price Holds ’til Habs Mount Third Period Comeback

November 24th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »

Montreal 5 Columbus 3 (Bell Centre)

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It's odd when the game ends after the third period. Seems that we have become programmed to expect overtime and shootouts this season.

Tonight's analysis is relatively straightforward. In a game that was played rather loose by both sides, one team got superb goaltending and the other did not.

Carey Price made 25 saves in the first two periods (33 saves overall), many of the spectacular variety, while the Canadiens struggled to get on track. Even though Montreal scored first, it was a potent Columbus power-play that turned the game in favor of the Blue Jackets.

"The first half of the game our timing wasn't there and we lacked intensity," said coach Jacques Martin. "Our goalie allowed us to stay in the game."

Surprisingly, it was a power play by the Canadiens late in the second period, maybe their best of the season, that triggered the comeback. Funny thing is, the Habs didn't score during the power play. But they controlled the Columbus zone for the full two minutes, built some confidence, and wore down the Blue Jackets.

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