Down Goes Markov, Down Go the Montreal Canadiens in Game One

April 30th, 2010 by Angry Habs Fan Leave a reply »
The Canadiens may have lost their opening round match against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night, but the third period provided a lot of optimism going into Sunday afternoon for the Canadiens club.

Carey Price took over the pipes five minutes into the third period, and only had to face three shots during the duration of his duties.  

Another positive attribute is that the Pens did not pepper the Canadiens with shots in this affair.  In fact, Montreal outshot Pittsburgh 31-24.  

The key to the game was the obvious success of the Penguins power play.  Pittsburgh was 4 for 4 on the man advantage Friday night, something Montreal could have easily avoided with strict disciplined hockey.

For success on Sunday afternoon, the Habs will need to be well rested, and play a more disciplined style of hockey, while controlling their emotions, to avoid falling victim to the Penguins lethal power play unit.  

Of course, the road ahead is now even more daunting, with the loss of defenceman Andrei Markov. Markov was hit by Matt Cooke, and went down awkwardly favoring his right knee.  After the game, CJAD rep ...

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