The Philadelphia Flyers were in Montreal, looking forward to ending a five game losing streak and notch their first win this season against the Habs.
However, the "Saturday Night Live" was launched by rookie Carey Price and forward Andrei Kostitsyn in a 1-0 victory over Daniel Briere and his crew.
The audience was special as well with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, among the crowd.
Carey Price got his second straight start after a good performance in a 2-1 OT win against the Florida Panthers last Wednesday. Standing tall on his 6 ft 3 in, 226 pound frame, the young goalie registered his first NHL shutout, stopping all 34 shots from the Flyers.
On one side, Price got the entire Bell Center chanting, "Carey! Carey!" at times during the game. On the other, the Flyers' Daniel Briere got his usual frequent rounds of boos.
Indeed, from the very first game between Montreal and Philadelphia at the Bell Center on November 1, 2007, the fans seemed to be determined to show their unhappiness about Quebecois Daniel Briere's decision to sign with the Flyers, rather than the Habs.
That did not, however, stop the former Buffalo Sabres Co-Captain to register one assist during the game and take four shots on goal Saturday night.
The first period was pointless, as both teams generated ten shots each with Nittymaki and Price remaining strong in their respective nets.
However, Andrei Kostitsyn launched his Ovechkin-like show as the team went on a power play at the end of the second. Falling as he was going for the score, the oldest Kostitsyn got the puck in...while on his back! That play that will make the highlights in Montreal for a couple of days!
The last period was Price's turn to shine. His teammates did not have that much to say on the offensive side, taking only three shots on Niittymaki, while the Flyers were determined to show him some action with no less than 15 shots.
Price was particularly busy on a five-on-three penalty killing, as both Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek were in the box. The first for hooking, and the second for high sticking.
On the play, things did not get any better as Roman Hamrlik broke his stick. Price and his crew would, however, survive the two minutes and seven seconds and denied entrance to any Flyers dropping by to say hello.
Later on, Philadelphia came short to tie the game as traffic disturbed the Montreal goalie, who got deep in his own net along with his teammates and opponents; but the referee denied the goal, proving to be a call that Philadelphia would have liked to review.
Tonight's game was defenseman Roman Hamrlik's return after missing five games due to a flu at first, and skin troubles after. With one of its best defensemen on the sideline, Montreal recorded two wins and three losses.
Defenseman Francis Bouillon had also a long and productive night with five hits and leading the team with three shots on goal.
Alexei Kovalev's presence was questionable at first. Indeed, the Russian player is currently dealing with a right ankle injury suffered during the game against Florida.
However, the ankle did not stop him from playing 20 minutes and more since the injury, recording the winning goal against the Panthers and an assist on Montreal's only goal Saturday. As he comments about it, he is the one who decides if he should play or not.
It is likely that Carey Price will get another start on Sunday, again against the Flyers. This decision is expected since Guy Carbonneau declared that the goalie who wins a game would get to start the next.
Steve Begin, Michael Ryder and Patrice Brisebois were put on healthy scratch.
This post's three stars: Carey Price - Andrei Kostitsyn - Francis Bouillon
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