The 20-year-old wunderkind stymies the Bruins as the Canadiens win 2-1 to get their four-game divisional road trip off to a promising start.
Price made 28 saves. His positioning, puckhandling and sang-froid were exemplary.
This guy is going to be very good for a very long time.
Tim Thomas made 30 stops.
How neither goalie got a game star is a mystery.
Canadiens got goals from Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec. All four lines and six defencemen played well.
And Guy Carbonneau handled his lines adroitly, using checkers down the stretch to insure against Boston breaks.
Nursing their one-goal lead in the third period, the Canadiens killed a 5-on-3 Bruins advantage for almost two minutes.
On to Ottawa.
Third Period 00:00 Two words: Carey Price
Third Period 0:44
Third Period 1:02
Tense … and well-played.
Third Period 2:20
Third Period 3:00
Third Period Commercial break Ward finally gets up.
He’s one of the league’s good guys.
Third Period 4:43 What a PK!
And Aaron Ward looks like he’s dead.
Did Bouillon, coming out of the box, get him with an inadvertent elbow?
Third Period 6:51 TERRIBLE time for a penalty. and a 5-on-3
Third Period 7:00 Just one great shift after another. Bruins are getting worn down.
Third Period 8:51 Best Bruin: Chuck Kobasew. Hustling player, nice hands.
Third Period commercial break Bégin double-shifted with Chipchura and Kostopoulos. Carbo is not taking any chances. Funny night for the top line: lots of puck movement, not many good chances.
Third Period 11:00 Smolinski, Dandenault and Bégin: No Grabovski
Third Period 13:00 P.J. Axelsson playing on one leg. What’s this, the Cup final?
Third Period commercial break Carbo rolling four lines effectively. But Grabovski and Kostitsyn make me nervous in a one-gaol game. Oh well, I guess they have to learn somehow.
Third Period 15:30 Aren’t those foam Bruins hats brutal?
Third Period 17:30 Another PP killed. Price “flashes some leather.”
Third Period 19:05 Price NEVER panics. He’s the UnAebischer.
Third Period 20:00 Hey, Bob Clark says Canadiens are a playoff team.
But can they win tonight?
19 shots so far on Price.
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Bruins are 32-21 on faceoffs. Glen Metropolit is 11-3.
Tomas Plekanec – completing a passing play reminiscent of the glory years – gives the Canadiens a 2-0 lead.
Then Marco Sturm slaps a backhand past Carey Price to set up a great third period.
Second Period 0:01 Ooh, Mike: Don’t fight Chara.
So Bruins will start third period on the PP.
Second Period 3:40 All the retired number banners have fiull names: Robert G. Orr, Raymond N. Bourque.
Bucky F. Dent?
Second Period commercial break Gut check time. Will the Bruins be able to get some momentum going, with their crowd back in it?
Price will have to be good.
Second Period 5:30 Carbo comes back with fourth line, who give him a great shift.
Second Period 5:48 Now it’s a game. A rebound in front and Marco Sturm is right there.
Second Period commercial break Canadiens are taking control. Boston has little firepower, so a 2-0 deficit is a big hill to climb. And this takes them out of the physical game as well.
Second Period 8:24 Canadiens have had better chances shorthanded than Boston on the PP.
Second Period 10:11 Boston PP. Price clears it the length of the ice. Man, he can handle the puck.
Second Period 11:13 Tomas Plekanec wants to marry Andrei Kostitsyn
“Speed, precision, accuracy, fun and finish,” says McGuire.
Second Period 12:00 That’s rare. Kovy fires one from the RIGHT circle.
Second Period Commercial break First PP of the game. Savard tries, unsuccessfully, to sucker Komisarek into an offsetting.
Second goal would be huge here. Boston would have to open up.
Second Period 14:00 Savard had Price beaten (off a Kovalev turnover) and hit the post.
Second Period 14:30 Grabovski makes some odd plays, eh?
Second Period 15:49 Ouch! Milan Lucic laid a good one on Bouillon.
Second Period 17:07 How does Jeremy Reich not get instigator for that?
Second Period 17:18 Really nice stick check by Komisarek on Marc Savard.
Second Period 18:28 Price looks SO confident.
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It began against Buffalo and it’s continuing tonight: the Canadiens are taking very few penalties.
Two minors against the Sbres.
None in the first period tonight.
That’s disciplined hockey, and I like it.
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RDS shows tonight’s dirty hits and fights – including Scottie Upshall, of the Flyers, natch, cross-checking Sergei Breilin in the face.
So there’s work to be done before clean hockey breaks out.
The Bruins made one mistake.
Phil Kessel didn’t the puck deep enough on a dump-in.
Francis Bouillon found Andrei Kostitsyn in full flight.
2-on-1 against Aaron Ward, Kostitsyn passed to Tomas Plekanec, who beats Tim Thomas
and Alex Kovalev nudges it across the line for the game’s first goal.
First Period 00:00 Faceoffs ended up 13-13. Bruins outhit Canadiens 9-4.
First Period 0:17 Aaron Ward just let up on Chris Higgins. Maybe the Bergeron message is spreading
First Period 2:55 Kostitsyn is on that line to stay. And Plekanec is happy about it.
First Period Third break Canadiens can’t get any flow going. Bruins forwards are getting back, and they’re playing a system, McGuire says, that precludes cross-ice passing.
Carbo has to make some adjustments.
First Period 7:00 Bruins, who played and lost last night, are outshooting Canadiens 8-4 and winning every puck battle.
First Period 7:30 No mesh behind the nets in Boston?
First Period 8:50 Smolinski tells McGuire Canadiens have been “a little sluggish.”
First Period Second commercial break McGuire says it’s a chessmatch. Neither team wants to take a penalty or give up an odd man rush.
I’m just glad the Canadiens didn’t suck for the first 10 minutes.
First Period 10:00 McGuire on Price: “His panic point is unbelievable. He’s the goaltending equivalent of Peter Forsberg.”
I guess this means he’s good.
First Period 11:14 Ryder bounces off Chara.
First Period 13:00 Big point-blank save on Kessel. McGuire loves Price.
First Period commercial break Not much action so far. Quiet night for Thomas and Carey Price. Bruins really miss Bergeron, and their D isn’t the best.
First Period 14:18 Michael Ryder just beat Phil Kessel on a draw.
First Period 14:47 Canadiens are 5-for-5 on faceoffs. Weird for the visiting team.
First Period 16:03 Canadiens make a lot of cute passes that get intercepted in the slot.
First Period 17:41 Chara belts Kostitsyn … from behind.
First Period 19:00 Grabovski offside. That line will be a work in progress.
First Period 20:00 Good lighting for HD in Boston
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Milan Lucic, the 19-year-old hardrock, has changed his number from 62 to 17.
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Claude Julien in HD on RDS.
Played without a visor, I’m guessing.
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McGuire thinks Christopher Higgins can score 35 goals.
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Tim Thomas, not the Finnish rookie, to start.
Darren Dregehr, Bobby Clarke (who sounds like Don Corleone) and Bob McKenzie on the TSN panel
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Love the new Journal de Montréal commercial, with Patrick Huard reprising his role as the hockey-mad cabbie.
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Jacques Demers say when your goalie is first star of the game at home, as Cristobal Huet was against the Sabres, you’ve got problems.
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Detroit has placed Aaron Downie on waivers.
Toronto Sun reports Jason Blake is unhappy in Toronto. The prize free-agent acquisition has two goals. After initially declining to specify what his problems with the Leafs might be, asked the Sun “Where should I start?”
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I think I’ll watch the TSN telecast tonight.
I like McGuire and Gord Miller, but I may have to click over to RDS if Mike Milbury and/or Glenn Healy are on between periods.
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I caught Patrice Bergeron’s press conference on the Team 990.
Man, that poor guy!
He came with a hair of suffering a broken neck.
He says he still can’t walk 200 feet without getting dizzy.
Who knows when – or if – he’ll ever play hockey again.
This was Bergeron’s first press availability.
He purposely waited until the Canadiens were in Boston so that the French media would show up and his words would reach the widest possible audience.
Bergeron’s message: Hits from behind are dangerous and have no place in hockey. If you can see an opponents number, let up.
He wants his fellow NHLers to respect one another.
And he bears no personal animus toward Randy Jones, the Philadelphia Flyer who hit him.
Patrice Bergeron: Class act.
Pierre McGuire, on Mitch Melnick’s show, said Gary Roberts let up on Rory Fitzpatrick last night when the Philly defenceman’s back was turned toward the Penguin forward.
But hockey, McGuire pointed out, is played by “competitive people in an enclosed environment moving at high speed with weapons in their hands.”