Thrashers Vs. Habs Post-Game Report

Ken BeckettCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 17:  Brian Gionta #21 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Ottawa Senators on October 17, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Senators defeated the Canadiens 3-1.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

As TSN play-by-play commentator Gord Miller said at the end of Montreal's 2-1 shootout victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday night, Montreal used to take victories over Atlanta for granted.

But not anymore, as the red hot Thrashers played a great game against the Habs that required a shootout.

It was easy to see why the Thrashers were 4-0-1 coming into the game. They looked dangerous at times and received a great performance from their goalie Ondrej Pavelec.

Pavelec stopped 29 of 30 shots for Atlanta before letting in two goals during the shootout from Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.

For Montreal it was their first home victory since March 31st, 2009 when they beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at the Bell Centre.

Scoring for the Habs was Brian Gionta at 17:44 of the 1st period, assisted by Mike Cammalleri.

Colby Armstrong tied things up at one with a goal at 6:06 of the third period.

The top line of Gionta, Cammalleri, and Scott Gomez looked phenomenal for Montreal. They were all over the ice and combined for 15 of Montreal's 30 shots.

Gomez was ridden from behind into the boards hard by Thrashers veteran Slava Kozlov in overtime. Kozlov received a 10 minute misconduct, as well as a five minute major for boarding and should be suspended by Colin Campbell. Thankfully for the Habs, Gomez was fine and was able to contribute with a shootout goal.

Speaking of dirty hits, new Habs defenceman Marc-Andre Bergeron was hit hard by Colby Armstrong in the second period which caused a bit of a scrum. When Bergeron got up he looked wobbly and just didn't seem to be all there through the rest of the game.

Most of the analysts on TSN seemed to think that it was a clean hit with Armstrong hitting Bergeron with his shoulder. But to me if you look at the replays, it does look like Armstrong was targeting the head of Bergeron with his elbow.

Bergeron very well may have a concussion and miss some time, but only time will tell as he will undergo some tests.

Another solid performance for Montreal was from Jaroslav Halak. He looked as great as Carey Price did in Montreal's first two games of the season to earn the win. It should be interesting to see who Jacques Martin starts in net on Thursday against John Tavares and the New York Islanders.

Montreal Canadiens Post-Game Report Card

Marc-Andre Bergeron: C-
Mike Cammalleri: A
Kyle Chipchura: C+
Matt D'Agostini: B-
Hal Gill: B
Brian Gionta: A
Scott Gomez: B+
Josh Gorges: C
Jaroslav Halak: A
Roman Hamrlik: B+
Andrei Kostitsyn: C-
Maxim Lapierre: B-
Georges Laraque: C
Guillaume Latendresse: B+
Paul Mara: B+
Travis Moen: B
Max Pacioretty: B-
Tomas Plekanec: B
Jaroslav Spacek: B-

Next Game: Thursday October 22nd @ 7pm EDT vs. New York Islanders on TSN, RDS

Ken Beckett is an NHL and MMA writer for Bleacher Report. If you want to get in contact with Ken, you can do so through his profile or on Facebook and Twitter.