Game 24: Price, Gionta lead Habs over Sabres

Canadiens’ Brian Gionta scores on Sabres’ Ryan Miller during the second period Saturday night. Peter McCabe, The Gazette

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AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Brian Gionta | Carey Price | Mathieu Darche | Jaro Spacek

• At a Glance: One night after a total no-show in Atlanta, the Canadiens came to play from the opening faceoff Saturday night against the Buffalo Sabres in a 3-1 win. Carey Price, with 34 saves, benefitted from the solid outing in front of him to post his league-leading 14th win of the season, more than he had all of last season. Ryan Miller, making his second start after missing some action with an injury, faced 20 shots in the first period and made some excellent saves before Andrei Kostitsyn scored his ninth goal of the season during a 5-on-3 power play 13:41 into the period. The Canadiens added two more in the second period thanks to captain Brian Gionta. He made it 2-0 12:26 into the period on a nice 2-on-1 rush with Kostitsyn, firing a shot past Miller after a nifty give and go. Four minutes later, Gionta scored his seventh of the season after taking a nice pass from Tomas Plekanec in the slot and ripping a shot over Miller’s blocker.
• Key Moments: Price’s bid for a league-leading fifth shutout of the season was ruined with about a minute left to play when Jordan Leopold scored on a wrist shot from the faceoff circle,

• What It Means: Montreal avoided losing consecutive games and improved to 15-8-1 on the season for 31 points, extending its lead over the Boston Bruins to five points. However, the Bruins do have three games in hand.

• What’s Next: The Canadiens have a few days off before their next game on Wednesday when the Edmonton Oilers come to town. The Canadiens are also in New Jersey on Thursday night. But before all that, there will be the team’s annual blood drive on Monday as well as the funeral services for former Canadiens head coach Pat Burns.


  1. Aaron13 says:

    Rubbish. Stop the bible thumping and didacticity.

  2. pmaraw says:

    thinking it is one thing, blabing it out loud is another, posting it online to a bunch of crazed fans, ludicrous.

  3. blu3chip says:

    I honestly don’t see Kovalev as a cancer in the locker room, I mean I don’t play for the Habs, I don’t sit in the locker room during intermissions, I can’t tell you if he affacts our players negatively or not, and neither can you.

    Kovalev is extremely gifted, and can turn a game around single handedly. Does he work super hard every night? I don’t think so. Does he slack off four games out of five, like most Habs fans claimed? I don’t think so either. His magic just doesn’t work out in every single game. With some passion, I can see him turing into a beast and dominate the game, even at the age of 37. That’s why I asked if the rumors are true, that he wants to end his hockey career in Montreal. If he loves the city, and he knows this maybe the last chance to reach the cup again, that may motivate him enough to unleash everything he got.

    He is approaching 40, he will not be part of our future, but he can centrainly contribute big time right now, and if we have a chance to grab lord Stanley this year, his talent and experience will be much more valuable than some young players who will play better in a couple of year.

  4. ClaytonM says:

    Why would you want another “star” player who only shows flashes of brilliance but takes too many shifts off, on top of being a defensive liability far too often?  We already have Gomez for that role.

  5. ClaytonM says:

    That’s including the Thrashers

  6. RGM says:

    No thank you.

    Go Habs Go!

  7. SmartDog says:

    Cammalleri leads the team in +/- and has the second most shots on the team.  Besides which he’s been demoted to playing with Gomez on the 2nd line and still has 7 goals and 15 points.  I wouldn’t call that floating.




    “This is a good hockey team and no matter what situation you’re put in, you’re out there with smart hockey players.” – Jeff Halpern after his winning goal against the Laffs

  8. likehoy says:

    worst idea since thinking about trading price!

    we already have mike cammalleri floating around, i would rather trade a 2nd for a player that brings more of a physical edge…like a ryan callahan type….but I doubt a 2nd would suffice for this type i speak of.

    – Gomez is holding down the suck button

  9. 24 Cups says:

    Dave – You finally come around to embracing the new team and then want to bring back Kovalev?

    Bah, Humbug!

  10. Ian Cobb says:

    Hard habits!!  We finally got rid of this floating cancer, and you want to bring him back? Do you have a death wish for the Habs??

  11. habstrinifan says:

    Why? Mario Tremblay was a very bad coach BUT the guy is a bleu-blanc-et rouge to the core and played his heart out for the team. He was gritty, stood up for his teammates and had skilll and dedication. Why the big HATE for one of the ‘lessel lights ‘ on a great team who took the pounding from teams like Bruins etc and allowed us to play our game in places like Boston Gardens.

  12. Hagar says:

    2nd intermission actually. I saw his shining aura and thought it was proof positive he’d get one. I was mistaken.

  13. homerbowen says:

    I would go for LaFleur

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    How is Kovalev replacing Markov?. I wouldn’t trade Dustin Boyd for Kovalev & don’t want him anywhere near this team thank you.

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