Hot Habs: Carey Price Halts the Marching Penguins

Francois GendronSenior Writer IOctober 28, 2007

Icon Sports MediaThe Montreal Canadiens extended their winning streak to four games Saturday night with a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The game was decided by a lengthy shootout.

The Habs looked to be on their way to an easy win when a wrist shot from Michael Ryder gave them a three-goal lead in the second period—but the tide turned in the Penguins' favor mighty fast.

The Pens came storming back to cut the lead to 3-2 before the period was over. Ryan Whitney finally tied the game with less than two minutes to play in the third.

Overtime settled nothing, and a shootout ensued. Both goaltenders were superb. Montreal's Carey Price didn't allow a goal in eight attempts, and Pittsburgh's Dany Sabourin—subbing for Marc-Andre Fleury—matched him stride for stride.

Sabourin finally allowed a goal to Habs defensemen Andrei Markov, the eighth player to face him during the shootout.

Price's shootout heroics were reminiscent of his performance in last year's World Junior Championships semifinal match against the United States. His efforts there helped Canada get to the gold medal match.

The young Prince is a true gem, to say the least. Not many goalies in the NHL can match his skill and composure—and he has nowhere to go but up.