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It wasn’t a pretty win, but the Canadiens managed to hang on to a one-goal lead to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Monday at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens took a 2-1 lead into the third period and managed to stave off the Panthers, thanks in large part to goaltender Carey Price, who coach Michel Therrien likened to a closer in baseball.
“I thought we played two really good periods,” said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta who scored the game-winning goal.
The Panthers made a good push in the third and the Canadiens sat back a little, said Gionta, adding Price was the reason they won.
“He held us in that third period.”
Price said he thought the Canadiens played a really solid game.
“We got back to basics I think,” Price said.
“We got back to our style of hockey, which is shutdown hockey.”
Price conceded things got a “little bit scrambly at the end, but we found a way.”
Tomas Plekanec asssisted on Gionta’s goal. Earlier in the day, he was named to the Czech Republic’s men’s Olympic hockey team. He’ll also captain the team.
“It’s obviously a great honour. I’m very happy about it. But it’s just a letter on a jersey,” Plekanec said.
“We’ve got to all play like captains out there to be successful.”
Price said Plekanec will be lead by example. “He plays a solid two-way game. He doesn’t take a night off. He’s a perfect example of leadership.”
When he gets on the ice you know exactly what to expect from Plekanec, Therrien said.
“I have huge confidence in his understanding of the game.”
You can listen to what Plekanec had to say here: (You might have to crank up the volume for this one.)
You can watch what Price had to say here:
And you can watch what Gionta had to say here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)