Flyers-Canadiens: A Very Efficient Two Points

December 7th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »

Montreal 3 Philadelphia 1 (Bell Centre)

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A Canadiens' team record for fewest shots in a win was set tonight with 13. Is this what a Jacques Martin game looks like when played out according to plan?

We have been told that coach Martin prefers to use a puck possession strategy with an aggressive forecheck. He has even been quoted saying that a good offense is an effective defense. But after 30 games, I think it's fair to say that coach Martin's system does not match his words.

With a couple of days of practise, Martin was able to get his message across to his players. In the first period of Monday's game, the Canadiens' forwards came back to help out the defense. Habs were effective at getting in the way, chipping the puck out of their own zone, and limiting the Flyers to four shots in the first period.

But this defense first philosophy left little time for offense. Max Pacioretty was credited with a shot on goal, and his was the only one by the Habs.

The last time both teams totaled five shots in a period in a Canadiens game was Mar. 25, 1993 vs. Boston Bruins. And '9 ...

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