Habs Get Blanked; Penguins 1 Habs 0
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Despite out playing and out shooting the Pengiuns 37-25, the Habs couldn’t get anything past Fluery and Vokoun. Marc Andre Fluery left after a collision in the second period, but Vokoun was up to task. Carey Price stopped everything except a gorgeous shot from Crosby caused by Tinordi being out of position. The Habs cause wasn’t helped at all by Chris Lee’s calling or lack thereof in the game. There were a few plays that should of ended in a penalty called on Pittsburgh but weren’t. Chris Lee is entering the level of hate that was previously reserved for Zdeno Chara by Habs fans. Gabriel Dumont got into his first NHL fight going toe-to-toe with Tyler Kennedy. He didn’t win the fight, but he stood his ground. For the second game in a row, Max Pacioretty had 7 shots yet couldn’t find the back of the net. In Jeff Halperns first game back in a Habs uniform logged 14:51 of ice time and led the team with 4 hits.
The Good: The Habs kept fighting to the dying seconds, they just couldn’t buy a goal. Jeff Halpern did his job winning 11-18 faceoffs including 4-6 in the offensive zone. Besides for his fight, Gabriel Dumont had 2 shots, 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:54 of ice time and he won 2-3 faceoffs he took in Halperns stead. Carey Price. Nuff said. Vezina. 26 saves and a few he was standing on his head for. Kept the game interesting.
The Bad: The Habs had too many perimeter shots and didn’t crash the net enough. There were lots of rebound opportunities but the Habs just couldn’t get to them. Jarred Tinordi was way out of position which let Sidney Crosby wire the only goal into the top shelf of the Habs net. He will learn. Josh Gorges just doesn’t look like he wants to be out there. Lazy and uninterested looking leaves me wondering why he was on the ice for a whopping 24:40 of ice time.
The Ugly: Though Chris Lees officiating wasn’t good, it isn’t worthy of being classified as ugly.
My Three Stars: 1st Crosby, 2nd Fleury (Vokoun?), 3rd Price
Habs drop to 4th but have the same amount of points as the Bruins
GO HABS GO