The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up their five game home stand with by being shutout by one of the NHL’s top teams out of the gate this season.
The San Jose Sharks improved their record to 9-1-1 with a 2-0 victory over the Canadiens, and now stand on top of the NHL standings with 19 points. Logan Couture scored both goals for the Sharks, finishing off a nice passing play in the second period, before being handed a gift in the third.
Six minutes into the second frame, and with Canadiens center David Desharnais in the box for hooking, Couture tapped in a nice feed from Joe Thornton who had just received a pass from Patrick Marleau, before finding Couture on the door step to make it 1-0.
The Sharks were able to extend their lead to 2-0 when Patrick Marleau dumped the puck into the Canadiens zone and Carey Price left his net to play the puck. As Price stood behind his goal, the puck deflected off a stanchion and directly in front of the Canadiens yawning cage. It was Couture who pounced on the opportunity, and the two goal cushion would be more than the Sharks would need.
Antti Niemi was not tested often enough, as the Canadiens were only able to get 22 shots to reach the net, and Niemi stopped them all. Carey Price played equally solid in the Habs net, but was beaten on a nice passing play and a lucky bounce, ultimately stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced.
Travis Moen left the game early when he was struck in the face by a Brad Stuart clearing attempt. It was an ugly scene on the ice as blood began to pool under his face immediately and the trainer rushed him off the ice, with a gash that looked dangerously close to Moen’s eye. Michel Therrien said after the game that it only required a couple of stitches and he will be fine, but it appears he will be added to the long list of injured Canadiens, as he will not play Monday night.
The Canadiens travel to New York to face the Rangers in their home opener on Monday. The Rangers will be returning home from an ugly nine game road trip to begin the season, that saw them win just three games. The Canadiens will put their 3-1-0 road record to test against an Eastern Conference opponent.