THE HABS WEEK THAT WAS by GOHABS.com (week ending November 3rd)
GOHABS.com Habs Week in Review.
Overall: W:8 L:7 OTL:0. PTS:16
5th in Atlantic Division, 6th in Eastern Conference.
Record for week ending November 3, 2013: GP: 4 // W: 2 // L: 2 // OTL: 0 // PTS: 4
Monday October 28, 2013
W: Montreal Canadiens 2 at New York Rangers 0
The Montreal Canadiens helped re-open the newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York. But the story of the night was Habs backup Peter Budaj who made 27 saves to record his 11th career shutout. And Budaj made it 10 straight regular season wins dating back to last season. Tomas Plekanec and Alex Galchenyuk provided the scoring for Montreal. Prior to the game the Canadiens recalled former first round draft pick Louis Leblanc and got 15 shifts in his first Habs game this season.
Milestones: Douglas Murray plays his first regular season game in a Canadiens uniform.
Tuesday October 29, 2013
W: Dallas Stars 1 at Montreal Canadiens 2
The Canadiens played their second game in as many nights and once again it was a defensive show down. Although Dallas outshot the Canadiens 27-24, Carey Price was solid in nets as the Canadiens got by with goals my Michael Bournival and Rene Bourque.
Milestones: Both Ryan White and Michael Blunden played in their 100th career regular-season NHL game.
Friday November 1, 2013
L: Montreal Canadiens 3 at Minnesota Wild 4
The Canadiens road trip was a special one because the dad’s were allowed to accompany the team, a Father & Son weekend of sorts. First stop; St. Paul, Minn. The game marked the return of Habs enforcer George Parros who has been sidelined since that unfortunate fall to the ice the first game of the season in a tilt against Toronto’s Colton Orr. This was not one of Parros’s better nights because his line with Parros, Ryan White and Michael Blunden were on the ice for the Wild’s first three goals. The Canadiens battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game at 3 midway into the third period. But defenseman Francis Bouillon let Jason Pominville out of his sight and Pominville scored the winner with just over 5 minutes remaining. It was Pominville’s second goal of the night.
Saturday October 26, 2013
L: Montreal Canadiens 1 at Colorado Avalanche 4
The start of the game was delayed slightly as Colorado honoured Adam Foote in a jersey retirement ceremony. It was a hard fought game the first 45 minutes of the game, with the game tied at 1, but two miscues by P.K. Subban and the game was had in the third period. After the game head Coach Michel Therrien wasted no time to throw P.K. Subban under the bus. In the post-game interview Therrien was quoted as saying “Our defenceman that cost us the game … The second one (goal), the same defenceman made the same mistake, cost us the game”. Therrien didn’t call Subban by name, but it was obvious that’s who he was referring to. Subban wasn’t the only player in the doghouse, as David Desharnais who has scored only once this season, was benched for part of the third period. And there’s more. It appears Desharnais has lost his spot at centre as Therrien FINALLY put Alex Galchenyuk at centre (his natural position) on a line with Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty, who returned to the line-up after missing 8 games with a pulled quadriceps muscle.
Player Movement for the week:
October 28, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall defenceman Greg Pateryn from Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 29, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens return forward Patrick Holland to the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
October 31, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens re-sign defenseman Alexei Emelin to a 4 years, $16.4M contract.
November 3, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens return forward Michael Blunden to the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
November 3, 2013: The Montreal Canadiens recall forward Martin St-Pierre from the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL).
NOTE: any player called up after 5pm only counts against the cap the following day.
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