Carey Price Makes NHL History, Shuts Out Detroit 5-0

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images

Photo by Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images

Carey Price Makes History, Shuts Out Detroit 5-0

Carey Price made history as he shut out the Red Wings Saturday night, in a 5-0 victory, his 10th win of the season. He is the first goaltender in NHL history to win each of his first 10 games in a season, and this comes as the Habs set a new franchise record as well. This is a new record, 10 consecutive home wins to start the season.

It was as perfect a game as anyone could ask for, from goals, to defense, penalty kills and even power plays.

Let’s get right to the recap.

First Period: Shots 10-7 Montreal

Goals: Phillip Danault (Andrew Shaw, Max Pacioretty), 4:17; Paul Byron (Unassisted), 7:59; Shea Weber (PPG; Alexander Radulov, Alex Galchenyuk), 19:00

What an incredible first period; the Habs, building on their success from Thursday night’s game against Los Angeles, scored 3 in their first frame, beating Jimmy Howard neatly.

The first goal came at the 4:17 mark, when Carey Price played the puck to Andrew Shaw, from behind the net. Shaw took it down the ice, with the rest of the team following. A scrimmage occurred in front of Howard, the Habs lost momentary possession, but when the puck was loose behind Howard, Phillip Danault jumped right in, tapping it to the back of the net.

The second goal was Paul Byron doing what Paul Byron does best: hustling the puck. As Brendan Gallagher was hit by Darren Helm, just outside the Habs zone, Helm passed to Niklas Kronwall. However, Byron knocked him off the puck, and in full speed, skated to the net, scoring with the puck shot under the bar. (Byron plays big – and it shows)

The Habs weren’t done yet. When Steve Ott was called for holding, against Shaw, Shea Weber fired his now-famous 102-mph shot past Howard and put the Habs up 3-0, with a minute to go in the first.

Oh, and that goal was all of 3 seconds into the power play.

Second Period: Shots 15-10 Montreal

Goals: Andrew Shaw (PPG; Alex Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov), 15:13, Max Pacioretty (Andrew Shaw, Phillip Danault), 16:49

The Red Wings came back to the ice fully prepared to defend against a very energetic Habs team. They succeeded until Andrew Shaw scored the 4th goal for the Habs.

Backtracking: Paul Byron did score a 4th goal, but it was called back, challenged by Detroit. Here’s one look:

Another angle:

The goal was disallowed, but Howard never froze or covered it up; many of us believe it should have counted.

But then, Shaw got it back – deflecting the puck into the net on a power play, with the perfect set-up:

 

(Back-up goaltender Petr Mrazek, who had been warming up on the disallowed Byron goal, as it was being reviewed, is seen in the above video, ready to step in; after the goal was disallowed, he returned to the tunnel, and was next seen without his goalie mask on)

The Canadiens scored the 5th goal a little over a minute after Shaw’s, when Max Pacioretty got his 3rd of the season.

Coming out of their own zone, Shaw passed to Pacioretty at centre ice. Pacioretty took the shot almost from the side of the net, likely aiming for Danault. But the puck deflected off Helm’s skate, and went into the net. Pacioretty was credited with the goal, and the Habs went to 5-0.

The period ended with the teams playing 4-on-4 due to a pair of penalties.

Third Period: 12-8 Montreal

No Goals Scored

Petr Mrazek was put in net for Detroit – no surprise, given the 5 goals (almost 6) scored on Howard.

Daniel Carr took a 4-minute penalty (this is the 3rd game this week we’ve seen a Habs player take a 4-minute penalty – and it’s entirely due to the rule stating that if blood is drawn on a play, there is a double minor called).

The Habs killed off their long penalty with perfection. It wasn’t as much their not allowing goals as it was their clearing the puck and supporting Price.

There were no goals scored by either team; the game ended with the Habs victorious, and Carey Price earning his second shut-out of the season.

Some Thoughts:

  • In the third period, Michel Therrien moved Daniel Carr to the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher, moving Sven Andrighetto down to the fourth line with David Desharnais and Torrey Mitchell. It was a very interesting move, given the 5-0 lead in the 3rd frame, the team playing like they’d never let another goal in for the rest of their season, and the Red Wings more than slightly rattled.

It showed that the coach was still trying to spark things on the second line, still trying new combinations even within a winning game. It’s remarkable because this coach has not done much in the way of adjustments of this sort, and it’s clear he’s proud of his 13-1-1 start to the season, wanting to advance it.

  • Shea Weber is living up to the expectations he came into Montreal with, and that’s his power-play abilities. He scored yet another power-play goal for the Habs, his 5th. He’s scored only 1 other goal this season, so he is definitely making a difference for the team’s power play, with this 100(+)-mph shot.
  • Andrew Shaw played one of the best games we’ve seen him play in the month since he’s been out there, and was rewarded with a star. In his on-ice interview, he gave credit to “the guys”, and to Carey Price, “who shut the door for us.” He promised, “we’re going to keep this train rolling.”

After his goal, he and Alex Galchenyuk were having fun on the bench – Galchenyuk rubbing Shaw’s “lucky mustache” for the cameras:

https://twitter.com/CanadiensMTL/status/797625743454982144

When asked about it later, Shaw said, “It was a greasy goal so he decided to give the greasy mustache a rub.” This kind of capriciousness serves to lift fans even higher, and it’s fun to see this type of interaction between teammates who are clearly well matched.

  • Alexander Radulov – yes, I’ve doted on him in previous articles, but he deserves it. As NHL’s Arpon Basu stated:

And his energy is contagious; his teammates, linemates, and fans, feel it, and rise to – and with – it.

  • As stated in the beginning of this article, congratulations to Carey Price: the NHL announced, after the game, that Price is the first goaltender in NHL history to win each of his first 10 games of a season. He’s on a 13-game home-game winning streak over the past 2 seasons. And at the risk of sounding repetitive, as Therrien pointed out when asked about Price’s performance, he is an outstanding goaltender.

Not only because he shuts that door so often, but it’s his demeanor, his leadership, his ability to read the puck, read the play, read his players, and control the pace if needed. Price is cool and calm, and Therrien reiterated how he gives the team confidence every night.

This skate-save shows how aware he is, at all times, of where the puck is:

Photo by: Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images

Photo by: Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images

He’s also, as pointed out tonight, a playmaker:

https://twitter.com/CanadiensMTL/status/797604613180551168

One fewer pass in front of Detroit’s net, Price might have had an assist!

All in all – in case I haven’t mentioned this before (I have; it bears repeating) – we are extremely lucky that he is a goalie for our team.

  • Phillip Danault has been exceptional, every night, and his game-winning goal (the first tonight, given the shut-out) is only part of that. He makes quick decisions, smart decisions, and is exactly where he needs to be on any one play. He’s been an awesome acquisition for this team.
  • It was good to see Max Pacioretty with a goal to his name. He, too, displayed typical humility:

The Habs face a challenge; right after the game, they traveled to Chicago where they will face the Blackhawks Sunday evening. Shaw will be facing his former team for the first time, but is ready, as he stated in his interview.

Al Montoya has gotten the nod, and when asked about Montoya, regarding his last game in nets being that (can’t-we-forget-about-it-please?) loss in Columbus, Therrien gave what I feel was the perfect answer:

“It’s been over a week since we’ve moved on from that game.”

Yes. And I’m sure Montoya will have all but forgotten about it, but will rise to the challenge before him and play a strong game. Keep in mind, the Habs are rolling on high energy, exceptional performances the past few games, and having out-shot their opponents as well as winning, their confidence is where it needs to be.

Don’t forget to watch Sunday evening; puck drop is at 7 p.m.

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