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Montreal snaps three-game losing skid, regains first in Northeast

Apr 19, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens came into tonight’s game on a three-game losing skid and one more poor performance from Carey Price from a full-blown meltdown in Quebec. Fortunately for them, they avoided further worrying tonight.

Brian Gionta scored a power play goal with 47 seconds left in the third period to give the Habs a 3-2 win over the Lightning. Gionta had two goals on the night while Alex Galchenyuk had one in between those tallies.

More importantly for Montreal tonight, Price stood tall stopping 32 shots out of 34.

During Montreal’s three-game skid, Price was getting run out of the building giving up three to the Penguins on Wednesday, six to the Flyers on Monday, and getting chased early last Saturday against Toronto giving up three goals on four shots.

A solid game tonight from Price and a win helps cool fans off who were ready to officially freak out. Seeing the Habs back in first place after ceding control for a day to the Bruins should help chill them out.

  1. ribs108 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Hmmm. Penalties: TB-6, MTL-2. Now, let’s see…which team got a power play with 5 minutes left and then when they didn’t capitalize, another one with 2.5 minutes left? That one did the trick. I’d say that referee Brad Meier deserves at least a 3rd star for those last 2 calls (the last one featuring another Subban flop). Price was still battling the puck, so I don’t think the ship is righted just yet. Some coach will figure out that perhaps hitting all of their undersized forwards might just be a plan come playoff time. Shouldn’t be too hard to out-coach Therrien when the real season starts. He looked like he wanted to cry behind the bench in the town of his biggest playoff failure – that’d be Pittsburgh.

    • tlndma - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Ribs, are you implying that Les Habs got the benefit of some homecooking? That’d be a first, right? I saw the score at 2-2 last night with 2mins left and then the final at 3-2 and knew when I looked this morning that Montreal was going to have gotten another late power play.

  2. greenmtnboy31 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Girls, girls, please save the whining for coach Clod Julie-Ann; it’s his specialty.

    • ribs108 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Until the refs keep rewarding floppers like PK (like they did on the ‘payoff’ penalty with 2.5 minutes left last night), then you can’t call out a coach for trying to clean up the sport. I find it ironic that Michel T’s most famous rant involved calling his Penguins team’s defense “sofff”, and now he’s coaching the softest team in the NHL. Bottom line – the refs really came up big for the Habs last night.

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