The Montreal Canadiens first game under new management was a 6-2 victory at home vs the San Jose Sharks. The Canadiens started with some nerves but then exploded for 6 goals in the second period including 2 short handed markers. That’s the most goals the Habs have scored in a game all year, much less in one period.
Andrei Markov racked up 2 goals and 2 assists after being called out by Bob Gainey earlier in the day. The first time a Canadiens defenceman recorded 4 points in a period since 1962. Mike Ribeiro also broke his scoring streak putting up 2 points. The Candiens overall seemed energized and rejuvenated and it paid off big. Congratulations to Bob Gainey and Guy Carbonneau on their first win.
The win puts the Habs 1 point shy of the last playoff spot in the East but they hold games in hand on every team above them. The Dallas Stars are up next and they’ll be a tough challenge for the Canadiens who’ll hit the road for the rest of January where they’ll face some tough opposition.