Game 4: Avalanche down Canadiens in shootout

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• At a Glance: The Colorado Avalanche won a wild game at the Bell Centre on Saturday night, winning 6-5 in a shootout over the Canadiens, who remain winless at home. Chuck Kobasew opened the scoring 4:51 into the game on a shot Carey Price would definitely like a second attempt at. Max Pacioretty got that one back for the Canadiens when he corralled a rebound in front of Semyon Varlamov’s net. It took him two tries, but Pacioretty found an opening under Varlamov’s arm and put the puck into the next at the 10:31 mark. The teams traded five goals in the second period. The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead 1:35 into the second period when Tomas Plekanec blasted a shot past Varlamov during a 5-on-3 power play. The Avalanche got their own power-play goal at 11:37 when David Jones beat Price to the glove side only seconds after a faceoff. Then, less than a minute later, Paul Stastny picked P.K. Subban’s pocket and went it alone on Price and slipping one between the goaltender’s pads to make it 3-2 Colorado. Before the end of the period, however, Travis Moen tied the game 3-3 with about four minutes to play. Jones restored the Avalanche lead when he scored with the team’s playing 4-on-4 with 1:18 to play. The Canadiens took the lead in the third period with two quick goals. Captain Brian Gionta got his first of the season at 12:57 when, with his back to Varlamov, backhanded a shot between the goalie’s legs. Only 20 seconds later, David Desharnais got his first of the season when he redirected a pass from Pacioretty. But the 5-4 lead was short lived because Kyle Quincey scored with a one-time during a power play at 15:57.

• What It Means: Carey Price’s quest for his 100th NHL victory remains on hold. The Canadiens are now 1-2-1 on the season

• What’s Next: The Buffalo Sabres are in Montreal on Tuesday night before the Canadiens head to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Thursday. Next Saturday, the Maple Leafs are in Montreal for the second game between the two teams this season. Toronto won the season opener 2-0.

14 Comments

  1. sreuel says:

    This site is so far behind 4-3 in the 3rd already but this site shows 3-3 still in the 2nd Eklund must be behind the switches

  2. Feraco says:

    I’m liking this Gomez on the 3rd line.

  3. Feraco says:

    And we have our PP point man!! Plekanec!!!!

  4. Feraco says:

    Pacioretty, this guy is unreal. How he was able to raise that from so close is all world!

  5. Feraco says:

    There we go boys!!!! Nice to see Subban carry the puck!!!!

  6. Feraco says:

    We win tonight.

  7. careyprice31 says:

    go habs go

    armand

  8. joe-hab-nuno says:

    On the poll about “what will canadiens lack most during the season”, why wasn’t there a choice E, all the above?

    • wmarcello says:

      Or at the very least something about the weak blue line. As much as I absolutely love Gorges, if he’s showing up each night as the team’s best performing D-man, we’re in massive trouble.

  9. Cam_1 says:

    I think Price will be very sharp ..he will not be off two games in a row ! Go Habs Go @

  10. Goochhab says:

    Losing is one thing, but not looking like they are trying or care is a BIG concern. I hope they turn it up a notch on the ice and in-between their ears tonight.

    “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says because I got my 2 stanley cup rings plugging my ears”

  11. HABZ24 says:

    Hope we get our act together tonight.


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