Canadiens savor home cookin'
Once again, Canadiens skaters blocked more shots than their goaltender.
Carey Price made 26 saves and his teammates blocked 29 Dallas shots ... about 10 in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Sixteen Canadiens got in on the shot-blocking act.
The home team got goals from Michaël Bournival, the rookie's third, and Rene Bourque (fourth).
Cody Eakin was the only Star to beat Price.
two teams who played last night put on a helluva third period.
No scoring, but plenty of excitement.
Carey Price is first star again.
Teams trade goals
After Rene Bourque scored his fourth of the season, redirecting a Raphael Diaz pass, the Canadiens seemed to have things under control.
Against the flow of play, defencman Brendan Dillon hit Cody Eakin with a long pass and, using P.K. Subban as a screen, Eakin beat Carey Price stick side.
Shots were 12-9 Canadiens.
Diaz off the schneid
Raphael Diaz scored his first goal of the season, and it was a weird one.
Diaz's shot from the right point deflected off Dallas defenceman Stéphane Robidas and seemed to hit Kari Lehtonen on its way past the Stars' goaltender.
Carey Price made nine saves, the best of which came off Jamie Benn when Dallas broke 3-on-1. Fortunately, the one Canadien back was Andrei Markov, who took away Benn's passing lane.
Canadiens had the period's only power play, and it produced nothing.
Erik Cole plays his first game at the Bell Centre in the uniform of the Dallas Stars.
Cole is playing on a line with Stars captain Jamie Benn and former Boston phenom Tyler Seguin.
Cole assisted on goals by his linemates in Dallas's 4-3 win in Buffalo Monday night. The game marked an emotional homecoming for Dallas coach Lindy Ruff, who was behind the bench in Buffalo for 16 seasons.
With a record of 5-5-1, Dallas is last in the Western Conference's Central Division. The Stars have a minus-4 goal differential on the season and are 2-4 on the road.
The Canadiens are 7-5 and their plus-13 goal differential ties Boston's for the best in the Eastern Conference. But the team is below .500 – 3-4 – in the allegedly friendly confines of the Bell Centre.
The game will be the Canadiens' ninth against Western clubs. They are 4-4 to date.
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Our old friend James David, JD_ to the HIO community, is once again partnering with the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation during the month of October to raise funds for underprivileged youth. The fundraising effort is built around JD’s Halloween home haunt located in Kirkland, QC. Although cash donations are accepted on Oct. 31st, you can donate $5 through your mobile at any time by texting “Habs” to 45678. Some pics from this year’s display.