Montreal Canadiens vs. Carolina Hurricanes: Habs Spank Canes but Lose Andrei Markov

November 14th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens had a lot of people worried about last night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, despite their excellent play in recent weeks and regardless of their convincing wins over the Bruins and Canucks.

But why?

The Habs were five points ahead of them in the standings, and the Canes haven't looked that great so far this year. The reason fans were worried is because the Habs have made a habit, over recent years, of playing up or down to the level of their opponents.

Moreover, Carolina's Cam Ward has made a career out of squashing the Montreal Canadiens. But last night, the Canadiens, starting with Carey Price, had different plans as they blitzed the Canes for seven goals, chasing Ward from the net, in a 7-2 rout.

The game started off tight enough but the Habs got themselves into penalty trouble twice before the nine-minute mark of the first. It was during those power plays that Price made some of his best saves to maintain the 0-0 tie.

The Habs leveraged the momentum gained from the two penalty kills score two first period goals.

Things were not all rosy for the Habs, however, as they too six ...

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