The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that the Canadiens’ performance on the power play Wednesday night proved that the loss of Sheldon Souray’s booming point shot might not be as detrimental as thought. Saku Koivu scored two power-play goals, including the overtime winner, as the Habs won their season opener 3-2 over the Carolina Hurricanes.
In all, the Habs were 3-for-8 with the man advantage and also killed off six of the seven Carolina power plays. Mark Streit scored the Canadiens’ other goal in the first period with a one-timer from the point.
“We haven’t had a lot of success in this building, so it’s great to get off to a good start,” said Koivu, referring to the fact the Canadiens had lost six of their seven games here before last night.