After losing the first game of the year to the Senators, The Montreal Canadiens cameback with a 2-0 shutout victory in Atlanta vs the highest production offense to date of the Thrashers. Atlanta scored 15 goals in its previous 3 games and was held to 0 by the Habs. Russian sniper Ilya Kovalchuk also made his debut and was held pointless.
Yann Danis got the surprise start in goal and played a fantastic game. He looked more like a seasoned vet out there, very composed, very calm between the pipes. Thinking about it, it wasn’t that much of a surprise start considering Jose Theodore has seemed shaky to start the season and it was a back to back game.
Yann Danis became one of only 16 goalies of all time to record a shutout victory in his first NHL start.
Although it was only a single game, it felt good to see him play well and give the team a little confidence. Habs fans can breathe a sigh of relief should Theodore go down or miss a game, or perhaps they will now celebrate such events.
Strong efforts again by Jan Bulis and Saku Koivu. Saku Koivu seems like a man possessed out there. If he can play 80 games this season, the Canadiens have a chance to win in all of them.
The Canadiens go 4-1 in their first 5 games. 4-0 on the road. Only loss a close on against an elite team. It couldn’t have gone much better than that.
Habs look to move up 2-0 vs the visiting Maple Leafs on Saturday night.