The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that the Canadiens didn’t give rookie goaltender Carey Price much help during his Bell Centre debut last night, with only two shots on net in the first period en route to a 3-2 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. But Price cannot be blamed for the loss as he stopped 31 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime. Unfortunately, he could not repeat his performance from Pittsburgh when he stopped all eight shooters in the shootout.
“If I was watching that game on television, I would have turned it off,” Christopher Higgins said. “We weren’t skating, we weren’t physical, we weren’t doing anything right. Two shots in the first period, that was embarrassing.”