Montreal Canadiens-Atlanta Thrashers: Penalties Finally Hurt the Habs

December 12th, 2009 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 3 Atlanta 4 OT (Philips Arena)

It was quite a different beginning to tonight's game.  The Canadiens were successfully using an aggressive two-man forecheck to pressure the Thrashers.  Montreal outshot Atlanta and even got an early goal to take a first period lead.

But even as the first period ended there were signs that the Thrashers were turning the tide.

In the second, Atlanta outshot Montreal 16-to-4, scoring three times.  It could have been much worse.  The spectacular goaltending of Carey Price was the only reason the Canadiens kept the score close.

Price had another brilliant performance.  Throughout the game, Price made a number of hi-light reel saves on Todd White, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Eric Boulton, and Maxim Afinogenov.

At the other end of the ice, Johan Hedberg was less than stellar. Heberg gave up a weak goal to Glen Metropolit only three minutes into the game and he allowed two goals by Andrei Kostitsyn on four Montreal shots in the second period.

Andrei Kostitsyn created a turnover and scored his first goal unassisted.  His second goal featured his excellent shot and quick rel ...

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