Canadiens-Devils: Habs Fade to Give New Jersey the Win

December 16th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 1, New Jersey 2 (Prudential Center) "It would seem that the only way for the Habs to win is when their goaltenders are the No. 1 star."

The final sentence of the Buffalo game review seems an appropriate place to start. Carey Price wasn't a game star and the Canadiens lost to the Devils. Price mishandled a rising shot late in the second period that tied the game.

For Price-haters, it will be the only moment that they remember in the game. Conveniently forgotten will be his 25 saves and that Price was the better of the two goalies on the ice. Goaltending was the least of Jacques Martin's concerns tonight, and most nights.

While the Canadiens played the Devils rather even for the first two periods, they could not sustain the effort in the third period.

New Jersey took control of the game and outshot Montreal 10-to-3. The Habs had difficulty moving the puck out of their own zone and lost most battles for the puck.

For some players like Tomas Plekanec, Jaroslav Spacek, and Josh Gorges, fatigue was an issue in the third. They were warriors who had spent too much time penalty killing.

For others such as Max Lapier ...

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