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.
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• 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.

288 Comments

  1. habs365 says:

    He’s 37 years old..a cancer in the dressing room..plays when he feels like it..would not take on his contract..use it on a good young player if the habs can pick one up..remember the Habs are rebuilding and 37 year olds..not the way to go…..

  2. showey47 says:

    I really don’t think kovalev fits the mould of players martin wants on this team.IMO he lacks foot speed,defensive responsiblity and a consistent work ethic. But lets just say a trade would happen,i think a 2nd rounder is too much of a price to pay. I don’t think i would give more then a 3rd or 4th rounder or a mid level prospect. Don’t forget,after this year he is likely done as a nhl player.

  3. habs365 says:

    The price haters finally shut up

  4. habsgod says:

    what a great win tonight price played awesome again. pk subban is the most exciting player on the team to watch  he will win a norris or 2 in his career! can’t wait for tommorrow’s game (the grey cup) that will be a classic with the riders winning it

  5. habsguy says:

    Maybe a wad of used TP,  and thats just maybe!!!!!!

  6. HardHabits says:

    LULZ, dude that was funny.

  7. blu3chip says:

    If the rumors are true that Kovalev really wants to play for the Habs again, and provided that by February we stay competitive and look like a contender, I would be very tempted to trade for Kovalev (who will become an UFA this summer) at trade deadline.

  8. HardHabits says:

    OK. Hypothetically speaking. The Senators by trade deadline are out of the playoff picture. Markov is out for the season. My question is, would you support the Habs trading for Kovalev and if so what would you give?

    My answers; yes and a 2nd round draft pick.

  9. Chuck says:

    Carey is WAAAY out ahead of guys that have played at lest 16 games (20 goalies).

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  10. SmartDog says:

    Yeah, he was okay until he ran out of new ideas so just fills the time with pro-Leaf comments.  When you’re too old to hide your dumb biases you gotta go.  Someone else can promote the military in his place.. without adding Toronto/Ontario/Kingsont/Leaf rah-rah.

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    “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

  11. punkster says:

    Deep breathes, Rob. Deep breathes. Have a cookie.

  12. Chuck says:

    Can’t take them lightly on Wednesday…

    Centre Hice: Price in a charitable mood

  13. Timo says:

    CBC itself should be shit-canned by the taxpaying public very very long time ago.

  14. Timo says:

    Holy crap, 2 quick goals by the Oil and they are back in the game. Ummm… why do I care? I am off to bed. Go Habs Go!!!


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