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THE GOHABS.com WEEK THAT WAS (week ending October 20th)

Recapping the Habs week October 13-20.

Montreal Canadiens 5W-3L-0 OTL, 4th in Atlantic Division

 A weekly blog recapping the Habs week that was.

Record for week ending October 20, 2013:  GP: 3  W: 2  L: 1  OTL: 0  PTS: 4

Tuesday October 15, 2013

W:  Montreal Canadiens 3 at Winnipeg Jets 0

The Canadiens finished off their first road trip of the season with a shutout win over the Winnipeg Jets.  But the win was a costly one as forward Max Pacioretty went down with a left quad muscle strain.  Pacioretty is expected to be out of the line-up for 3 weeks. On a positive note, Daniel Briere picked up his first goal of the season (his first in a Habs uniform).

Carey Price made 36 saves to record his 20th career shutout moving him to 9th spot on the club’s all-time shutouts leader, just one shutout behind Charlie Hodge.

Milestones: Brian Gionta played in his 700th career NHL game. Josh Gorges played in his 500th career NHL game.

 Thursday October 17, 2013

W:  Columbus Blue Jackets 3 at Montreal Canadiens 5

The Canadiens returned home from a four-game western road trip and carried their momentum into their first period picking up a quick two goal lead.  It was 3 -0 Montreal in the 2nd Period, when Columbus scored three unanswered goals to tie the game.  But with 67 seconds left in Regulation, Tomas Plekanec shot from the offensive blue line and caught Columbus netminder, Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky cheating to one side, as the Canadiens took a 4-3 lead.  Plekanec added an empty netter to seal the victory.  The empty net goal was the Canadiens second shorthanded goal of the game two shorthanded goals in the game (one being an empty net).  That brings to three for the season.  The Canadiens had none all of last season.

Milestone: Canadiens rookie Michael Bournival picked up his first NHL goal.

 Saturday October 19, 2013

L:  Nashville Predators 2 at Montreal Canadiens 1

The game turned into a goaltending dual between Habs Carey Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne but it was Price who was keeping the Canadiens in the game.  After each team traded goals in the first two periods, it appeared Lars Eller scored the go-ahead goal in the third.  That’s when Rinne trapped Eller’s shot over the blue line.  Although there was no conclusive replay showing the puck actually crossing the blue line, the official Chris Rooney believed it went in signalling a goal.  Probably thinking along the lines … if a tree falls in a forest, does anybody hear it?  The NHL’s Situation Room overturned the goal.  And with just over a minute left in regulation, the Canadiens were caught napping and rookie sensation Seth Jones of the Predators, averaging over 27 minutes a game, jumped on a loose puck in the slot and beat Price for what turned to be the game winning goal.  The Canadiens lost more than just the game as two more regulars succumbed to injuries.  Daniel Briere was accidentally hit to the head by Eric Nystrom, whereby Briere sustained yet another concussion. His third concussion in as many seasons.  Briere is out at least 7 to 10 days.  And late in the third, Brandon Prust went crashing into the board injuring his shoulder.  Prust is out 4 weeks.


Player Movement for the week:

October 16: Defenceman Davis Drewiskie out 5-6 months following shoulder surgery.

October 19:  Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu sent down to Hamilton (AHL).


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