The talk before the game was that the Habs were
looking to get their revenge, and boy did they get it. Mike Cammalleri’s
first goal of the game proved to be the spark that got the team going as they
picked up a season high 4 goals in the 2nd period en route to a 6-0 spanking
over the Rangers. Goal scorers for the Habs were Cammalleri with a pair,
while Scott Gomez, Maxim Lapierre, Benoit Pouliot, and Tomas Plekanec each added
a single tally.
HW 3 Stars of the Night:
1) Mike Cammalleri: I think it’s pretty safe to say that he enjoys playing
against the Rangers. 4 points tonight (9 in 3 games vs New York in total)
and was dominant virtually every time he was on the ice. Not only was he a
sniper tonight, but also a strong playmaker setting up a pair on the powerplay.
Statline: 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 shots, +2 rating, 18:15 TOI
2) Jaroslav Halak: It’s not very often that a goalie gets the shutout and isn’t
named first star, but it’s understandable here due to Cammalleri’s strong
performance. That being said, he did have a solid game despite not being
tested for long stretches of time. The goalie controversy continues.
Statline: 32 saves on 32 shots
3) Scott Gomez: He winds up with the game winning goal which also turned out to
be his only point of the night, but that was certainly no fault of his own.
Like Cammalleri, he was dominant for most of the game despite having a rotation
of right wingers for most of the night.
Statline: 1 goal (GWG), 3 shots, +1 rating, 11/18 (61%) faceoffs, 16:20
Honourable mention: Jaroslav Spacek: It was great to see him actually generating
offensive opportunities while playing well for the most part in his own end
(only 2 turnovers). If it wasn’t for the fact that I didn’t want to
exactly duplicate the game’s official 3 stars, you wouldn’t be reading this in
the HM section.
Statline: 2 assists, 2 shots, +2 rating, 20:09 TOI
Stat of the game: Tonight’s ice time leader: Hal Gill (21:09). No forward played 19 minutes in the game, nice to see coming off a back-to-back.