Montreal-Atlanta: Habs’ Comeback Falls Short, Dustin Byfuglien Scores OT Winner

January 3rd, 2011 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
After a merciless seven-game road trip that saw the Montreal Canadiens win two out of seven, the Habs were back in the friendly climes of the Bell Centre yesterday afternoon to take on the Atlanta Thrashers.

Their longest road trip of the season behind them, the Habs hit the ice intent on stringing two victories together for the first time since the beginning of December.

Montreal used their speed to cause problems in the Thrashers end, blitzing goaltender Ondrej Pavelec for 16, 17 and 16 shots in the first, second and third periods respectively.

Pavelec was equal to the task, however, turning aside shot after shot, gobbling up rebounds and otherwise doing everything in his power to keep his team in the game.

The Thrashers got on the board first with Rich Peverley putting his ninth of the season past Price on a partial break with the play being setup by an ill-timed hit from P.K. Subban, who continues to have difficulty picking his spots.

Undaunted, the Canadiens took the play to the Thrashers using their speed to expose the offensively strong but defensively suspect Thrashers.  Pavelec was up to the task, however, keeping the Habs at bay as ...

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