Never in doubt
The game wasn't three minutes old when Tommy Wingels poked a loose puck past Peter Budaj.
The Canadiens were on a power play, and the shorty was a harbinger of what was to come in a dominant performance by the home team.
Matt Irwin's goal, 1:54 into the second period, ended Budaj's night. And Matt Nieto beat Dustin Tokarski as the Sharks outshot the Canadiens 19-8 in the middle period.
Logan Couture scored 43 seconds into the third period.
The Canadiens were outshot 33-27.
Logan Couture made it 4-0 43 seconds into the period.
That made for 19:17 of both teams going through the motions.
The rout is on
Matt Irwin's goal ended Peter Budaj's night after 21:54 in the Canadiens' net.
Dustin Tokarski was beaten by Matt Nieto after Lars Eller coughed the puck up at the Canadiens blueline.
Shots were 19-8 for the Sharks.
The game wasn't three minutes old when Tommy Wingels poked the puck past Peter Budaj while killing a Sharks penalty.
The Canadiens goaltender was brutal on the play, but Budaj rebounded as the period progressed.
The Canadiens' penalty kill was perfect, including a brief period of 5-on-3.
Canadiens outshot the Sharks 9-7.
Into the Shark tank
The Canadiens will try for a .500 road trip when they visit San Jose Saturday night.
Winning won't be easy.
The Sharks are 23-4-4 on home ice this season.
And the Canadiens have not won in San Jose since Nov. 23, 1999.
The Shark Tank was then called the San Jose Arena. After a few changes over the years, the rink is now the SAP Center, naming rights having been acquired by a German software company.
San Jose beat the Canadiens 2-0 at the Bell Centre in October. Antti Niemi hasn't had a shutout since.
Despite some pro-Toker sentiment among the hockey coaches (myself included) here at HIO, Peter Budaj gets the start.
Puck drops 10:10ish.
Check back later for live game blogging.
• Milestones: Daniel Brière will play his 900th NHL game tonight. And Chantal Machabée began her broadcasting career on March 8, 1984.