Canadiens-Ducks: Giguere Schools Halak and Price
The Montreal Canadiens were looking for a sixth win in a row Saturday night, hosting the Anaheim Ducks.
Jaroslav Halak got his second straight start, as a flu-fighting Price didn’t attend enough practices through the week to be in the net.
There is not much to say, other than that Halak allowed four goals on 12 shots.
Anaheim’s Kent Huskins and Ryan Getzlaf gave the Ducks their first lead very early in the game. Alex Tanguay and Saku Koivu found the net to tie the game by the end of the first.
The sun started to shine again for the Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge in the second, as Tom Kostopoulos gave the Habs their first and only lead of the night.
Then Alexei Kovalev got caught for tripping. It was an incident that coach Carbonneau qualifies at the turning point of the game. That's it coach, point your finger. Seeing his name in the media for the wrong reasons will certainly make him score a hat trick every night.
The Ducks scored on the power play and it was tied at three. That was Coach Carbonneau’s bell for Halak. That was it for the night; nobody could bear the massacre anymore.
Price missed two out of three morning practices last week, but assured he was okay if Carbonneau would finally give him the start.
Well, he didn't get the start, but he got to play. And he has apparently taken just half of his dose of vitamins, as well.
Chris Kunitz, Travis Moen, and Teemu Selanne brought the game to 6-3, before Alex Tanguay scored his second late in the game.
Price allowed two goals on 13 shots. Final score: 6-4.
The thing is, it is not as if the players didn’t try hard; but J.S. Giguere simply assigned the two youngsters to school! See kids, that is how we make saves and win a game! That is how to win a Stanley Cup.
He ended up a very busy night, with 47 saves.
Yesterday's game was also the return of coach Francois Allaire in Montreal.
Allaire was the first ever Montreal Canadiens goalie coach. In fact, he was the first official goalie coach in the NHL.
He was Patrick Roy’s mentor in the minors, before GM Serge Savard allowed him to follow his player to the NHL. Rolland Melanson, sharing the net with Roy for a time, has also been coached by Allaire.
He is the ultimate guru of goaltending!
Coming to his eighth year working with Giguere, Allaire once said in the Montreal Canadiens Magazine that working with young goaltenders is a great experience.
“A 19-year-old goalie like Roy—or Price in Rollie’s case right now in Montreal—provides a coach with malleable and teachable student," Allaire said. "I had the chance to experience it twice; first with Patrick in the mid-1980s, and then with Jean-Sebastien Giguere here with the Ducks.”
Great win there, coach Allaire!
The Habs will face another hot goaltender on Tuesday, again at the Bell Center, when Cam Ward and the Carolina Hurricanes will drop by to say hi. It will be Sergei Samsonov's first trip to Montreal since...the breakup.
Well, after all the unnecessary fuss and the "I regret having signed with the Canadiens" speeches, I am eager to see the warm welcome at the Bell Center.
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