Your Montreal Canadiens win with Andrei Markov, and they win without him.
They win polite, civilized games.
And, it seems, they win schoolyard brawls.
When Peter Laviolette coached in Carolina, the Hurricanes did not have an enforcer. And he was cool with that.
Laviolette goes to Philadelphia and …
Send in the clowns.
Jody Shelley on the power play with two minutes left in a 3-0 game?
Gimme a break!
Next Monday, the Canadiens visit Philadelphia. On Dec. 15, the Flyers are back at the Bell Centre.
This could be a season-long war … and the Canadiens have drawn first blood.
“We just gotta keep getting better,” Jacques Martin said.
It’s hard to think Carey Price can get any better.
His third shutout of the season brought Price’s record to 11-5-1.
His GAA is 2.06.
Save percentage: 93.0.
These are sick numbers.
Through two periods, Philadelphia held a 33-19 shot advantage. Price kept the Canadiens in the game with highlight reel saves.
All the technical aspects of Price’s game are impeccable, and his confidence is sky-high. He kept his team in the game against a very tough and resolute opponent, and it was very entertaining before the third period became a goon show.
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The Martin Mantra: Goaltending and special teams.
The Canadiens penalty kill is the league’s best: 89.7 per cent success rate.
The long-dormant power-play produced a goal against Vancouver, two against Boston, three against Carolina (albeit at garbage time) and two against Philadelphia.
The PP, which worked at single-digit efficiency for the longest time, is at 15.7. The Canadiens have scaled the dizzying heights of 18th in PP efficiency … and that’s number 18 with a bullet, as we say in Top 40 radio.