The winning ways at home continued on Saturday
night as the Habs won a critical game over Boston by a score of 3-2.
Andrei Markov opened up the scoring on the powerplay for Montreal, while Sergei
Kostitsyn added a pair to make it 3-1 early in the 3rd. From there,
Montreal as usual held on for dear life and held on for the win. Blake
Wheeler and Milan Lucic scored for the Bruins.
HW 3 Stars of the Night:
1) Sergei Kostitsyn: The drive that has been noticeably lacking
all season long was there tonight. He was aggressive on the forecheck,
tenacious on the backcheck and clearly reaped the benefits of that tonight.
If he can keep up that effort level from here on in, the Habs will be a much
better team for it.
Statline: 2 goals, +1 rating. 2 shots, 11:38 TOI
2) Dominic Moore: He brings one particular element to the checking
line that has been lacking for most of the season – speed. Paired with
Kostitsyn, that combo now has the ability to generate some offensive chances and
they capitalized on them tonight.
Statline: 2 assists, +2 rating, 1 shot, 5/9 faceoffs (56%), 13:13 TOI
3) Andrei Markov: This was his best game in quite a while, dating
back well before the Olympic break. There were still a couple of
questionable decisions in his own end, but he made the right decisions on when
to pinch and looked comfortable out there which couldn’t be said about his play
Statline: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 PIMS, even rating, 2 shots, 2 blocks
HM) Jaroslav Spacek: It was a relatively quiet game from him which
when you consider his play for most of the season is a good thing. He
joined the rush on a few occasions and had a couple of strong scoring chances
while playing well in the defensive end as well.
Statline: 0 points, 2 PIMS, +1 rating, 4 shots, 1 block
Stat of the night: Every skater played at least 11 minutes for the Habs
in this one. Heading down the stretch, keeping legs fresh will be key;
this game is a step in the right direction to meet that objective.