The Canadiens left Carolina with 2 road points in the bag after a 3-2 overtime win in their season opener.
A fast paced, penalty filled match with both goalies playing excellent and keeping it close. Carolina and Montreal are skating teams and showcased that speed well for most of the match.
The Habs powerplay converted and got them the victory. 5 on 5 scoring was a huge issue last year and although it’s too early to say, it may still be a huge issue.
Patrice Brisebois played 21:08. Only a few seconds less than Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Mike Komisarek. And despite an unlucky delay of game penalty – he did not disappoint.
Did anyone believe he would see that much ice time? An early vote of confidence from Carbonneau.
Mark Streit seems to think he can step up and fill the void on the powerplay left by Sheldon Souray. Streit unleashed several slapshots whenever he had the chance, scoring once and creating several chances. He also managed to play defense and break up opposing chances, which Souray certainly had problems with.
40 shots. The Canadiens actually winning the shot count and having a number that high is/was a seldom occurrence.
A pretty good start to the 2007/2008 campaign, to be followed by the 1st of 8 classics against the Leafs in Toronto on Saturday.