The Habs took care of business on Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg, scoring an
early goal while Carey Price held down the fort to spoil the Jets’ inaugural
game to the tune of a 5-1 score. The game wasn’t all good news as two more players went down; Mike
Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek both failed to make it through the first. Early reports suggest Cammalleri will miss two to three weeks
with a leg laceration.
Before leaving the game, Cammalleri got the first goal
of the season for the Habs on an unassisted tally. That was the only goal
for over half the game before Tomas Plekanec scored on a breakaway just after a
penalty to Scott Gomez expired, doubling Montreal’s lead heading into the third.
However, the determined Jets got one for the home team as Nikolai Antropov
scored the historic first ever goal in ‘new’ franchise history, potting home a
rebound past Carey Price. That got the Habs going though as Yannick Weber,
Travis Moen, and Max Pacioretty all beat starter Ondrej Pavelec to put the game
out of reach. Price made 30 saves for the win while Pavelec had an off
night, making just 17 saves in the loss. The Jets were 0/6 with the man
advantage while Montreal was 1/4 on their powerplays.
HW 3 Stars of the Night
1. Tomas Plekanec: 1 goal, 2 assists, +3 rating, 2 shots, 13/23
faceoffs, 22:18 TOI
Plekanec was great on the penalty kill, especially the 5 on 3 as he cleared the puck
twice on that lengthy 2 man disadvantage. Then, he scored a highlight reel goal which was offside by a hair and entered the net just
two seconds after the Gomez penalty expired. He brought every dimension to
2. Carey Price: 30 saves on 31 shots, 1.00 GAA, .968 SV%
Price did exactly what he needed to in this one, making the key saves early to
stop the Jets from getting early momentum, then held the fort to allow enough
time for the offence to take care of the rest.
3. Travis Moen: 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating, 3 shots, 15:10 TOI
Moen found himself with new linemates early on as he filled in for Cammalleri
alongside Plekanec and Cole. To Moen’s credit, he didn’t look out of
place. He played particularly well shorthanded, even generating a chance
or two while being a man down.
HM. Yannick Weber: 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating, 3 shots, 2
blocks, 17:16 TOI
For the second straight game, Weber started up front but dropped back to his
natural position, skating alongside Alexei Emelin (making his NHL debut for most
of the game). Despite changing positions, Weber looked quite comfortable
while his big shot played an important role; his powerplay goal really started
to swing the momentum in the Habs’ favour.