Game 20: Price blanks Leafs for 4th shutout

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The special teams were just that Saturday night as the Canadiens avenged a season-opening loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Halpern scored a shorthanded goal at 9:17 of the second period and
Michael Cammalleri provided some insurance with a power-play goal at
7:55 of the third period.

The goals backed up a solid performance
by Carey Price, who made 30 saves for his fourth shutout of the
season,. He outdueled Toronto’s Jonas (The Monster) Gustavsson, who
faced 38 shots.

Halpern beat Gustvasson when he deflected
Jaroslav Spacek’s shot from the point. Tom Pyatt won a draw in the
Leafs’ zone to earn the second assist on the goal.

The goal
came moments after Price used hs glove to bat away a scoring chance by
Kris Versteeg. Price was also in the right spot to make a save on Tyler
Bozak’s shot off a goalmouth scramble at 7:45.

Cammalleri scored
in the dying seconds of the Canadiens’ only power play. The goal was
unassisted because Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek seemed to forget
that he wasn’t a Canadien any more and his pass from the side bioards
found Cammalleri alone in the slot.

Gustavsson lived up to his
nickname in the first period as the Canadiens took advantage of a series
of odd-man rushes to outshoot the Leafs 17-10.

Neither team was
able to score but there were a couple of shots that hit posts.
Komisarek, a defenceman not known for his prowess, hit a post midway
through the period. The Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn, who is known as a
scorer, hit a post in the final two minutes after jockeying for position
in the slot on a 2-on-1 break.

It was the 12th win this season for Price and that’s one fewer than his win total for all of last season.

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin reached another milestone as he coached his 1,200th game and picked up his 569th win.

Canadiens are back on the road Monday night when they have a rematch
with the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Canadiens beat the Flyers 3-0 on

The Canadiens are back home to meet the Los Angeles Kings
Wednesday and wrap up the week with back-to-back games Friday in
Atlanta and Saturday at home to the Buffalo Sabres.


  1. Chips says:

    Everybody makes mistakes, They are very good at correcting them or at least minimizing the damage.

    25 in 2011

  2. Chips says:

    I agree. They have both stepped it up a couple of notches since Markie went down again. Spacek was indeed brutal early in the season, but he has really picked it up in the last 8 games or so. They have done a marvelous job shutting down the opposition’s top line. They were totally superb against the Twins!!! People always seem to under appreciate the Hammer. He is very steady and makes good decisions.


    25 in 2011

  3. Chips says:

    Yea totally agree. it’s hard to watch the game on CBC! Bob Cole is brutal and completely biased.




    25 in 2011

  4. citizenSanto says:

    and quite the turn around from earlier today. He must have had some of that smurf flavoured cool-aid he went on about.

    Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
    — Augustine of Hippo

  5. punkster says:

    That’s quite a positive comment, for you. A little too rose-coloured maybe?

  6. VancouverHab says:

    Who said he didn’t play solid(ly)?

    Argue against what was said not what makes a strawman for yourself.

    Halpern played great — but a reasonable observer can think other players were more vital in the win.

    “I prefer player A” does not imply “I dislike player B.” Why is this logic difficult to grasp?

  7. habstrinifan says:

    Ditto here. I have already posted hoping he gets bigger role in Philly on Monday.

  8. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    hahaha….guess that negates my comment above about Pouliot!

  9. dre1744 says:

    good thing both gomez and Pleks are centers  cause if they put Gomez with Pleks  his game would go too shit like everyone who plays with Gomez

  10. LA Loyalist says:

    “Nomez makes more turn-overs than Pilsbury?” that’s hilarious, thank you and good night.

  11. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Whoa…sorry about that.  Computer froze, and all the sudden I’d quadrupled my comment.  Not that it’s not deserving of course…haha

  12. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Agreed — AK46’s best game since they last had him with Pleks.  Seems to be that whoever is playing with Pleks has the hot hand. Funny thing that…

  13. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Agreed — AK46’s best game since they last had him with Pleks.  Seems to be that whoever is playing with Pleks has the hot hand. Funny thing that…

  14. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Agreed — AK46’s best game since they last had him with Pleks.  Seems to be that whoever is playing with Pleks has the hot hand. Funny thing that…

  15. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Agreed — AK46’s best game since they last had him with Pleks.  Seems to be that whoever is playing with Pleks has the hot hand. Funny thing that…

  16. LA Loyalist says:

    You’ve obviously not seen nearly enough bad 70’s cop movies. If he owns black socks, also, we could truly have a problem.



    “if you can remember the 70’s, you weren’t really there”

  17. sm00re says:

    Even funnier – the laffs are putting Komi out for the PP!!

  18. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Should be noted that Carey leads all goalies in TOI as well…

  19. LA Loyalist says:

    Great game by Price. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Kostitsyn, Cammy, Halpern, Gionta, Subban all looked great. Did you see Subban submarine that leaf doink?

    Did Gomez play? I didn’t see him — 🙂


    “I coach hard work.” — Pat Burns, RIP

  20. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    Shutout or be shutout seems to be our motto!  God it always feels so great to beat the Laffs.

    All the usual accolades to Price, Pleks, Subby-do et al, but I have to say that the last couple of games Eller has really been impressing me.  I think he’ll pop one soon.  He’s definietly a long-term project, so I’m not expecting too much offensively from him this season, but his speed and tenacity are to be admired.  I really like this kid.  A young Pleks perhaps?? Too soon I guess, but like I said…love how hard he plays.  Hope he gets a goal soon, he deserves it.

  21. MTLForever says:

    agreed, he played solid. so don’t knock what i said vancouver

  22. nastyHABit says:

    man!what a tape to tape pass by komi…..thanks mike,a real doozy

  23. Former Jets Fan says:

    Agree wholeheartedly.  Gorges, on the other hand, wears his moustache well.  As a moustachioed person myself, I think they should all keep them.

  24. dre1744 says:

    They are Playing JM’s system too a T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. MTLForever says:

    wonder where that Jeff guy is now 🙂 silly leaf fan..

  26. nastyHABit says:

    Thank god for RDS…i watched the first period on CBC and nearly had a stroke listening to Bob Cole…..the golly gee whiz doozzy dandy gosh darn’it leafs could do no wrong……ooooohhhhh baby

  27. Willy the bum says:

    In shutouts, he’s tied with Thomas and one more than Halak.  Wow, what a great start of the season.

  28. ZepFan2 says:

    Psst, we won!


    “Young people have seen that a team can play electrifying, fascinating hockey while still behaving like gentlemen.”

    ~Serge Savard~

  29. slapshot777 says:

    Where does Eklund get this crap anyways?


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  30. sm00re says:

    winning 6 of 9 facoffs probably helped too!

  31. habs365 says:

    Cherry don’t like the Habs what would you expect him to say

  32. JohnBellyful says:

    Agree totally about Eller. Too bad he hasn’t got that first goal out of the way but it will come – before the end of the month. Or my name isn’t Sebastian (which it isn’t but the point stands). He shows a lot of moxie and doesn’t panic. I do think he needs to make his shifts shorter but I can understand why he doesn’t want to leave the ice.

  33. JIMVINNY says:

    Carey Price last 6 games; 5-1, .970 save %, .99 GAA, 3 SO.


  34. SeriousFan09 says:

    Carey Price now tied for league in shutouts and wins. His GAA? A flat 2.00, his save % is .932, I’m pretty sure the scoring tonight against some of the other goaltenders in the NHL means he’s going to be Top 5 in GAA and Save % on the night as well.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu. Habs and Hockey.

  35. habs365 says:

    If you can do better..maybe you should go and see PG

  36. habsonly says:

    Another shut out for Price and a solid team effort.

    Price looks like he is happy to me.

    Cherry thinks the Leafs should have tied the game, he really could not give the Hab any kudos.

  37. VancouverHab says:

    Sure, but that doesn’t make him the 3rd star (i.e. 3rd most importamt player in the win.)

    Geez — way too sensitive around here.

  38. VancouverHab says:

    As I said, Cherry didn’t moan about Halpren (who is Don’s kinda player), he suggested that he wasn’t the natural choice.

    And that’s right: Haplren’s a stud, but Pleks did it all, & Moen was a hero

  39. Habs Fan says:

    Carey: Please keep that moustache. It looks fantastically awful and may hold super powers.

  40. dre1744 says:

    I love it  Carey is playing unreal I bet the puck seems like a beach ball too him these days. 


    Carey Price you are ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. slapshot777 says:

    Cherry Seems pissed. The three stars were Price, Halpren, Cammalleri.  While on the CBC it was Price Johansson, and Halpren. Cherry wonders why Halpren got a star.


    To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.

  42. lavie says:

    We have so many games which “perhaps the best game of this season”.

  43. MTLForever says:

    Cherry said “what he do” when the 3 stars were up and it was for Halpern. i dont know cherry! he scored the GWG?

  44. observer says:

    first home shutout of leafs by habs since 1977! wow! never realized leafs were so good!

  45. dre1744 says:

    That was great Komesarek had a flashback too when he was a hab. That was an awesome tape to tape pass he threw.

  46. MTLForever says:


  47. sm00re says:

    I knew it! Komisarek still plays for us!!!

  48. sm00re says:

    I knew it! Komisarek still plays for us!!!

  49. samTHEman says:

    Spacek has been playing really well around the net. He’s prevented alot of potential goals near Carey’s crease multiple times against Nashville and again tonight.

  50. SmartDog says:



    Sad Stat: Grabovski: 14 points. Gomez: 6 points.

  51. SmartDog says:

    Could someone PLEASE count how many times Gomez is the last Hab to touch the puck with his stick.  The guy makes more turn-overs than Pilsbury. Half of them are from terrible passes that hit no-one or land on people’s skates. Terrible, just a waste of team effort. 


    Sad Stat: Grabovski: 14 points. Gomez: 6 points.

  52. samTHEman says:

    Great game. Lots of high scoring chances and solid goaltending. Team effort tonight. Every line is getting real scoring chances. That short handed goal was a dagger to the heart of the Leafs.

    I have to point this out. Eller is playing great. He seems very focused and has a better vision than I thought. Great passes but no one on his line can really finish. I’d like to see him with Pouliot, Cammalleri or AK some shifts. Very strong on the puck. Kid has no quit. Promising prospect even if he’sbeen  held off the score sheet thus far.

  53. lavie says:

    After the first 5 SOG I knew it would be Price’s night tonight. Thank you Les Boys!

  54. j2w4habs25 says:

    Yeah I was wondering about that – Auld shouldve got it last game and Carey this, but Auld will get start against the Phillys

  55. j2w4habs25 says:

    not to me lol…. they make mistakes every shift!

  56. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Don’t want to second guess JM, but Carey Price needs a break. Poor Auld needs to see some action & soon. I thought tonight would be it.

  57. olematelot says:

    Overall both Hammer and Spacek have been playing very well lately

  58. j2w4habs25 says:

    I went to that Santa parade and I saw a truck with Leaf logos and a stanley cup on top… ouch! they’re so funny…and this is in Thunder bay!! gawd they sure like to dream

  59. j2w4habs25 says:

    Speack and Hammerlik better be on top of their game. Lately I been watching these two guys and the team will be better off without these two guys. The Leafs are in town and its always good news 😉 always a battle…. woot woot! I cant wait for game time 😉

    I feel a big win tonight for the Habs – tonight will be an very emotional night for both teams and nights like this the Habs always seem to come on top.

    RIP Pat Burns –

  60. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Leafs feeling pretty good about themselves with their 2 game winning streak. Don’t know about Toronto, but here in Windsor the parade is back on. Habs need a much better effort than the one against the Preds to beat those guys because we know the Laffs have special preparation methods they use before playing the Habs. After all, if Leafs win, God forbid, it will be like a stanley cup victory.

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