It was the first Montreal vs. Pittsburgh game since the Canadiens eliminated the Penguins in last years playoffs, and in Pittsburgh's new arena the Habs were not shy to brake the ice.
Playing a very tight first period the Habs were able to take the lead 15 or so minutes into the game, giving them a little bit of breathing room after their loss against their biggest rivals in the league, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Mike Cammalleri got his first goal of the season in his first game of the season after being suspended for the first game. It wasn't long into the second though that Crosby and his crew tied it up, giving Malkin a splendid pass that he had no problem completed.
Taking quite a few tough reports after the previous game, Carey Price was no doubt nervous, but you couldn't tell. Throughout the second period he made 11 saves, left and right keeping the Habs at a 1-1 game.
With only just over three minutes left in the game, the Penguins were up by one. The hated Carey Price stayed strong making key saves, keeping his team in the game when Cammalleri and Gomez took charge and scored two goals in less than one minute. The last minute of the game was intense, but with hard work and team effort, the Habs were able to leave with a 3-2 victory over the Penguins.
Now what can I say? After all the doubts and negativity that may or may not have passed through all Habs minds after the game against the Leafs, is that not a relief? I think that being able to beat one of the expected-to-be-best teams of the season shows that they can be winners.
There was 100 percent effort on the teams part today even after a little stumbling in the second. I don't think there is any reason to complain. And yes, I know, there is always going to be the haters out there but whatever. The team did great and skated their butts off tonight.
Don't forget about Price either. He may not have played his best game against the Leafs, but tonight he showed us what he can really do. Give him a break, he's just a kid under a lot of pressure. Tonight, he stepped up to the plate making 36 excellent saves, keeping his team in the game.