The Montreal Canadiens improve to 5-2 getting their first home victory of the season against the Boston Bruins.
The Canadiens came out dazed and confused and found themselves down 2-0 early on. The newly constructed 2nd line featuring Ribeiro, Ryder and Plekanec got the ball rolling with Plekanec taking a big hit to dish Ryder a pass sending him in alone on Raycroft.
That’s twice this year Ryder has bested the Bruins undeserving Calder winning netminder for those who are counting.
Everytime the Habs tied it up or stole the momentum, they got a penalty which the Bruins took full advantadge of. 5 goals were scored on Special Teams. Alexander Perezhogin became the PP hero for the Canadiens giving them the lead midway through the third. He continues to impress with his speed and his hands despite taking a stupid penalty when he put Nick Boynton in a headlock.
Boston down 5 men to 3 nearly spoiled the win on a set faceoff play in the dying seconds. After the time out, Glen Murray bolted down the ice after the face off and the puck whipped around the boards reached him near the Canadiens blue line giving them a 2-1.
Mathieu Dandenault started the game playing offense with Steve Begin and Chris Higgins. When he was signed last summer they mentioned he could possibly be used in an offensive capacity but I don’t think many people expected that last night. Certainly not the bozo sitting next to me who wouldn’t shut up about it. It’s apparent Claude Julien is not shy to mix things up and change his lines. Steve Begin also played strong and was awarded more ice time.
Jose Theodore’s play is still uninspiring. Stronger in the 2nd half of play but the Canadiens need him for 60 minutes a night.
Canadiens play the Islanders at home on Saturday, Richard Zednik is expected to return.