So the Canadiens played significantly better today. They worked, they hustled and they went for second and third chances.
Pacioretty scored the all important first goal off some great work by Weber and Palushaj (his first point in the NHL). He fished out the puck and banked it in from the side of the net for his 19th of the season. Emelin made it 2-0 on a short-handed goal with his 2nd of the season. The assists went to Plekanec and Darche. Finally, Plekanec would make it 3-0 in the second with his 11th of the season from Kaberle and Subban on the powerplay.
This goal was special. After almost 7 minutes, where the goal was presumably being reviewed, there was no announcement as to who actually scored. On the myriad of replays that RDS showed, there was much discussion about whether Gomez got his stick on the puck before it bounced off Pavelec. If he did, he would have scored on his 1 year anniversary since his last goal. Yes, you read that right. His last goal was on February 5th 2011. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be and Plekanec got credit for the goal. Some fans actually booed this decision and I honestly felt terrible for Gomez. This is probably the one instance where I would have supported a decision to just award him the goal, whether it was conclusive or not.
Carey Price made 23 saves and got his 3rd shutout of the season. After the final whistle, Gomez retrieved the puck from the officials and handed it to Price, a nice gesture of sportsmanship. He played a good game, but to be fair, I didn’t feel that he had to work terribly hard for this one. The Jets, for the most part, weren’t really involved in this game. It got a little chippy, and there was a spirited fight between Wheeler and Subban [after a clean hit!], but not much emotion in the Jets game today.
Here are my three positives from the game!
– The powerplay scored! They controlled the puck well, got in front of the net and were rewarded on a nice play by Plekanec at controlling the puck in the slot and using the open space created by Gomez and Kostitsyn‘s work in the front of Pavelec.
– Price gets a shutout. Too many games this season where he loses the shutout at the last minute, or didn’t get any support from his teammates. Tonight they made sure he went away with the shutout.
– Plekanec had a great game. Involved in all aspects and put up 2 points in 23:46 in ice time. Good to see him on the board.
– There’s only one major negative with this game. The win doesn’t mean anything. As a long-time Habs fan, it’s hard to resign myself to the fact that the Canadiens will not be playing come April.
The Canadiens are back in action on Tuesday against the Pens. The puck drops at 7:30pm.