The Montreal Canadiens finally put an end to their losing streak. The Habs played a solid game in front of their home crowd, and came away with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Brandon Prust opened the scoring on a nifty passing play by Josh Gorges and Rene Bourque that gave him a great chance in the slot, and he made no mistake. The goal was Prust’s first since December 29th, and would be the game winner thanks to Carey Price hanging on for his 22nd career shutout.
Brendan Gallagher extended the lead to two when he and his linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais crashed the net and jammed home a rebound. It was quite relieving to finally see some Habs making life difficult for the opponents goaltender, and it paid off with an insurance marker late in the first period.
Brendan Gallagher led a rish in the second period that was stopped by Anton Khudobin, but Andrei Markov grabbed the rebound and fed it to an open Pacioretty who made no mistake and gave the Habs a 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Habs fans, 3-0 leads mean little and give them little comfort due to the fact Montreal has made blowing insurmountable leads their forte. It was not to be tonight though. Thankfully, the Habs and Carey Price would hold on to their three goal lead and finally break their four game winning streak.
The Canadiens 5-0 loss on Saturday night was about as pathetic a performance as I can recall witnessing from an NHL team. It was not their first poor game of the week, but the fact they were able to bounce back tonight can give their fans some hope that maybe they have snapped out of this funk and will be able to string together a few wins in the near future.
Take a breath Habs fans, we just shutout a playoff team.