The Habs beat the Atlanta Thrashers last night 3-2 in a shootout. The first ever held in the city of Montreal. The Canadiens moved to 1-1 in the shootout. The only goal scored was by Pierre Dagenais who beat Shields with a hard low shot to the blocker side.
Jose Theodore excelled. Not only in the shootout where he stopped Ilya Kovalchuk, Peter Bondra and Marian Hossa but the full 65 minutes before. The save on Hossa was nothing short of brilliant as he reached out with his glove and snagged the puck while making sure not to cross the line as he slid back into the net.
Theodore looked like the Theodore of old, he kept the Canadiens in the game and with each save looked like he was gaining his confidence. Perhaps all he needed was 1 great game to get on a roll.
Up until overtime, the game was rather unexciting. 60 minutes could be somed up in one word: Penalties. 22 minor penalties were called. The resulting powerplays wouldn’t last 30 seconds before another penalty was handed out. There was absolutely no flow to the game and Claude Julien was visibly frustrated with all the calls.
The Canadiens 2 pts puts them 1 back of division leading Ottawa who hold 3 games in hand.