Since Cristobal Huet's trade to the Caps, Carey Price has been propulsed under the lights as number one goalie for the legendary Montreal Canadiens.
Price has won five of the eight games following his spiritual brother's departure, with one shutout against the New Jersey Devils; and helped his team get to the very temporary lead of Eastern Conference.
But let's not forget his new "netmate", Jaroslav -Jaro- Halak.
Halak got his first start of the season against the LA Kings during the long Western road trip last week, and made 35 saves in a 5-2 win.
After a disapointing game against the Ottawa Senators (blanked 3-0!), coach Carbonneau decided to give the net to the oldest of his goalies, who appears to be...23!
With 30 saves, Halak got his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the NY Islanders Saturday night. That is his third shutout in 17 games since he joined the Habs last year.
Rick Dipietro was in the net for NY, for his fourth consecutive start since his return from a three games miss due to family reasons.
DiPietro lost his last five games, allowing 15 goals on a total of 161 shots.
Montreal D Roman Hamrlik opened the score in the second period, on a power play.
Alexei Kovalev added his team's lead in the third on a two-on-one with Tomas Plekanek.
Guillaume Latendresse -for his 16th of the season- brought the game to 3-0, assisted by his new linemates Saku Koivu and Michael Ryder.
The Habs will host the St.Louis Blues on Tuesday, and possibilities are that Coach Carbo will give to Halak his first consecutive start of the season.
The Blues have lost 12 of their last 13 games. The only game they won in this sequence was against the LA Kings. They are now 14th in the Western Conference.
Former Montreal Canadiens Mike Johnson won't get the chance to meet again with the Bell Center crowd, as he is out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.
The best scorer of the Western guests is Brad Boyes, with 37 goals, followed by Keith Tkachuk with 21. Brad Boyes has been especially shining, getting seven points in his last five games.
If we take a look at their goaltending situation, the goalie number one, Manny Legace has been in the net for 14 of their last 15 games.
But the Habs need to remain carefull.
Presently, they are second in the Eastern Conference with a two-point lead over the Ottawa Senators. However, the Sens are playing the Carolina Hurricanes this Sunday afternoon.
If Ottawa wins the game in regulation time, Montreal will be back to the fifth spot. Pittsburgh remains at the fourth spot, with a recent win over the Flyers.
Nine games to go...