Canadiens lose 4-1 to Avalanche
Colorado has lost one game to one team this season: the Detroit Red Wings.
It's November, and maybe Patrick Roy's 12-win team is for real.
Your Montreal Canadiens lost weekend games in Minnesota and Denver.
Their record dropped to 8-7 ... with the mighty St. Louis Blues visiting the Bell Centre Tuesday night.
Gabriel Landeskog – at 20, the youngest captain in the league – had a goal and an assist for Colorado. The Avalanche also got goals from rookie Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O'Reilly and P-A Parenteau, an empty netter.
Colorado outshot the Canadiens 31-30.
Two errors turn game
A power-play goal by Brendan Gallagher, his seventh of the season, made it 1-1 early in the third period.
Then the roof fell in.
A huge rebound off Peter Budaj became a pass to rookie Nathan MacKinnon, who scored easily from the slot.
Then P.K. Subban turned the puck over behind his own net and Ryan O'Reilly tucked it in the open side.
P-A Parenteau's empty netter made it 4-1.
Young C scores
At 20, Gabriel Landeskog is the youngest captain in the NHL.
He scored the only goal of a tight game a bit over halfway through the middle period, roaring in from the left point to beat Peter Budaj with a laser.
Budaj has made 20 stops, to 16 for J.S. Giguere.
In an effort to generate offence, Michel Therrien juggled his forward lines, moving Max Pacioretty to Michaël Bournival's spot on the Tomas Plekanec line.
Toward the end of the period, Therrien broke up his Kid line, trying Max-Pac with Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher.
The Avalanche are 9-0 when scoring first and leading after two.
A bit of everything
Two fights within the first five minutes ... this between teams that NEVER play each other.
Once that nonsense was out of the way, the Canadiens and Avs focused on hockey, with the home team winning puck battles and getting better chances.
The Canadiens went six minutes without a shot at the end of the period, as the Avs had an 11-8 edge.
Canadiens will begin the second period on a power play.
St. Patrick's night
Is there anything Patrick Roy isn't good at?
He was arguably the greatest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens and indisputably the greatest in the short history of the Colorado Avalanche.
He ran a successful major junior franchise in Quebec City.
And now Patrick Roy is back in Denver, where he has coached a team that was the NHL's second-worst last season to first place in the Western Conference.
The Avalanche are 11-1 and have won five in a row, most recently a 3-2 overtime win in Dallas Friday night.
Your Montreal Canadiens are coming off a tough 4-3 loss in Minnesota. They have not played in Colorado since Dec. 19, 2010, when a T.J. Gagliardi goal secured a 3-2 win for the Avalanche.
Peter Budaj watched that game from the Colorado bench. He'll be in nets for the Canadiens Saturday night.
• Speaking of great goaltenders, read Ken Dryden on why the NHL should get rid of fighting. And he wrote the Globe & Mail piece BEFORE last night's idiocy in Philadelphia.