Blank in Montreal: First NHL Shutout for Canadiens' Carey Price.

Francois GendronSenior Writer IFebruary 16, 2008

The Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers were playing the first game of their mini-series tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Montreal's rookie goaltender Carey Price played a flawless game and registered his first NHL shutout in career. The goaltender kept his best saves for the third period as the Flyers applied a lot of pressure on the Canadiens' defense. Price stopped 34 shots from the Flyers offense tonight.

Despite the offensive efforts deployed by both teams tonight, only a single goal was scored in the game: Andrei Kostitsyn on a Alex Kovalev pass went alone with Flyers' netminder Antero Niittymaki who stopped the initial shot. But Kostitsyn took control of the rebound and twisted himself to send the puck in the net ''à la Ovechkin''. A spectacular goal that we will see in this week's highlight reel.

Final score: Montreal Canadiens 1, Philadelphia Flyers 0

The intensity level deployed tonight by both teams was matching the intensity level of a playoff game. We saw a lot of pushing and shoving in front of the nets after the referee whistles and some bone crunching hits along the boards.

Both teams will meet again tomorrow evening at the Wachovia Centre in Philadelphia.