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P.K. Subban and Lars Eller were both healthy scratches in Thursday's 4-0 loss in Winnipeg as Randy Cunneyworth made another unsuccessful bid for his 1st win as an NHL head coach. Things did not start well as Hal Gill took an early double minor for high sticking. During the first half of the ensuing man-advantage Blake Wheeler potted his 4th of the season, taking advantage of a rebound just to the right of Carey Price.
Louis Leblanc started the game centring Andrei Kostitsyn and Michael Blunden, and on their first 2 shifts together they were excellent. Louis had a nice scoring chance, a hit and drew an icing with some hard work pressuring the Jets' defenders.
After an Erik Cole turnover in the neutral zone, Tanner “Scrabble” Glass doubled the Jets' lead with about 7 minutes left in the first; he was left undefended by Tomas Kaberle and Max Pacioretty.
The second period started the same way for Blake Wheeler, as he scored his 2nd of the game. He made a move to beat Gill while Pacioretty was once again lazy on the back check. However, the shot that beat Price low to the blocker side should have been stopped.
Alexei Emelin drew 6 minutes worth of the 10 minutes of power plays the Canadiens earned in the second period. Unfortunately, the Habs turned those opportunities into nothing but a couple of grade A short-handed scoring chances for the Jets. If Carey Price was an average NHL goalie the Jets could have at least 9 goals through 2 periods.
Tim Stapleton made it 4-0 in the final minutes.
The third period was a total bore except for 3 or 4 more highlight real saves by Price. The Canadiens have quit on themselves, they have quit on management, they have quit on ownership and thanks to Geoff Molson's lack of intestinal fortitude, Randy Cunneyworth has no legs to stand on.
HW 3 Stars of the Night
1. Carey Price: 30 saves, only player to show up.
The only other players up for consideration for a star were Eller and Subban who did not make any mistakes tonight.