Price perfect in fantasy win


Suffering Canadiens withdrawal? The Gazette has the answer with the ultimate fantasy experience as beat writer Pat Hickey and Gazette techie Eric Tobon employ EA Sports NHL 13 to produce The Season That Isn’t. Here’s how things might have looked in Saturday night’s game between the Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.



The Gazette

DENVER _ Carey Price made 27 saves for a shutout but the goaltender said one stop was the difference in the Canadiens’ 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night at the Pepsi Centre.

“Someone, I think it was Stastny, took a shot from the corner and it was deflected in front,” explained Price. “There were a lot of bodies in front of the net and I didn’t see the puck until the last second. I got my stick on it but I couldn’t control the rebound and I was lucky that Josh (Gorges) cleared it.”

The stop on Paul Stastny was crucial because the score was tied at 0-0.

“The first goal is so important and they sagged a little bit when they missed the opportunity and then we scored two or three minutes later.”

Rene Bourque, who has rebounded from a poor finish last spring and abdominal surgery in the off-season, opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 14:11 of the first period. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped P.K. Subban’s rising slapshot from the point but he left a rebound for Bourque.

“There are times when P.K. doesn’t know where he’s shooting but the goalies don’t know either,” Bourque said with a laugh. “I thought he was going to take Varlamov’s head off with that shot.”

The Canadiens seemed intent on sitting on the lead and were being outshot 19-8 when Brian Gionta added a shorthanded goal at 17:33 of the second period. Colorado defenceman Erik Johnson failed to control the puck at the point and then compounded his error by falling as he tried to turn. That gave Gionta a clear path to the goal and he jammed the puck between the goaltender’s pads after Varlamov made the initial save.

“It was late in the period and the ice was getting bad,” said Gionta. ”It was about 60 degrees today and the puck was bouncing around a lot. I think we finished with 13 or 14 shots. We say back a little and put some pressure on Carey but we got a two big wins on the road.”

The Canadiens now play their first back-to-back games of the season, meeting the Nashville Predators Monday at the Bell Centre before travelling to New Jersey on Tuesday.


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  2. HNS says:

    That’s about right. All he could win are fantasy games.

  3. English is not a Crime says:

    In other news, Allan Walsh is seen outside EA sports protesting.

  4. HardHabits says:

    Still looks like the Habs are one or two Tanks™ away from contending.

  5. jols101 says:

    Hate the Leafs with a passion but Kadri is finally showing the stuff that made him a 7th overall pick.

  6. HabFab says:

    dogsplaybyplay – In staged fight, 5’10”, 186-pound Gabriel Dumont drops 6’5″, 213-pound Joe Colborne with huge roundhouse right. Colborne leaves ice bleeding

    • doug19 says:

      That was the highlite of the game! The Bulldogs are terrible! This is the future? How did Blunden ever play in the NHL and why isn’t Gomez playing for the Bulldogs?

  7. commandant says:

    Ryan Murray has a dislocated shoulder, potentially opening up a spot on the Team Canada Defence for the WJC depending on how quick he’s healthy.

    Go Habs Go!
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  8. frontenac1 says:

    Whoa ! Dumont! Right on the Button!

  9. Mavid says:

    I meant the three talking heads between the periods..I am not even interested in what their names are…but yes Millethead is pretty bad, not as bad as my all time hated one McGuire..but he is up there…but back to those three..don’t know who they are but they are clearly Leaf/Marlie fans..the best goalie fight was Potvin and Hextall? Are they kidding…what a crazy game this is…lots of fights..and what the hell was that Marlie goalie trying to do…but this beats cleaning the bathroom..

    • Boomer says:

      they’re all idiots, he’s not on today but I am not a big Kypreos fan either

      Edit: or is he? i tend to hit the mute button when they start their mindless drivel.

  10. HabFab says:

    Teach you! You big jerk…Dumont with the TKO!!

  11. Boomer says:

    DUMONT With the big right!!!

  12. Boomer says:

    these refs are horrible

  13. HabFab says:

    DarrenDreger – PA response requested. Daly:”We told them that we are open to discussing other ways to address issues if they want to propose any.” “we used example of “if we need 5 and we have proposed 3+2 to get there, we are happy to listening to and considering 4+1 instead.”

  14. HabFab says:

    And in completely unrelated news;

    RenLavoieRDS – NHL CBA talks will resume Monday in New York.

  15. Mavid says:

    Am I the only one that thinks these 3 sportsnet guys are nimrods…in particular the one with the glasses..

  16. 24 Cups says:

    Ottawa’s Jared Cowen is out for the season.

  17. frontenac1 says:

    Sortini loses his sh*t on Ryan.

  18. jols101 says:

    I’m a huge proponent of the Habs needing to get bigger but watching Gallagher out there is truly inspiring. He doesn’t back down from anyone, goes to the net every chance he gets and battles with dmen that are 6 ‘4. Love this kid. Just sucks that we already have DD and Gionta, having two 5’7 or 5’8 guys in your top 6 is troubling enough, adding a third is too much of a ‘small’ thing…

    • Boomer says:

      I’ve always thought Gallagher is Gionta 2.0, he has the potential to be his replacement in a few years. Gio is 32-33 now?

    • 24 Cups says:

      Gallagher’s developmental timeline will dovetail perfectly with Gionta’s present contract. We’ll know more by then.

      Two years from now Gallagher might need another year as a 3rd liner which would keep Gionta as the top six guy. Then in 2015-16 they could switch.

      We could then trade our hard working 3rd line captain to Colorado along with Carey Price:-)

  19. jols101 says:

    Nash throwing left handed hay makers. Not sure Acton was expecting that. I wasn’t.

  20. otter649 says:

    Acton of The Marlies found out that Nash is a lefty when it comes to fighting…..

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Nash just Destroyed that Marlie!

  22. mark-ID says:

    The bulldogs are playing great today……………………………

  23. commandant says:

    Beaulieu has an elbow injury according to Derek Wills and Greg Millen. Not a healthy scratch as TVA reported.

    Go Habs Go!
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  24. jedimyrmidon says:

    Down 4-0. Nothing is going right this game. Mayer gifts them their 3rd goal. 4th goal is from a deflection off of Tinordi’s skate right into the net during a random PP given to the Marlies.

  25. commandant says:

    After a great game from Avtsin, we see the issues with him today… so inconsistent, bad performance today. Poor defensive effort.

    Mayer also sucks today.

    Go Habs Go!
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    • jols101 says:

      In fairness, all 21 Players in a Hamilton Bulldogs uniform were terrible that period. Pointing out just a couple of them isn’t really fair. They all struggled.

      • Ron says:

        The tinman is not having a very good day on defence. Trying to make hits and missing, playing Gill and deflecting one in. He’s not the only one making young mistakes but it looks more prevalent with him as we tend to push more for him.

  26. otter649 says:

    Marlies up 3-0 with 6 minutes to go in the first – Kinda like The Bdogs & Marlies game a few weeks back when Toronto lead 5-0 at one point in the game……

  27. commandant says:

    1-0 Marlies on the PP after Stortini takes a dumb penalty.

    Beaulieu is out today with a “minor injury”.

    Go Habs Go!
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  28. HabFab says:

    PK leading contender for the Norris and Price going for the Veniza.
    How sweet it is!

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