Friday, October 23, 2015

At 8-0-0, Les Canadiens Are Three Games from Best Start in NHL History

As you can see above, things are going well for the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight they didn't need the puck luck--they hammered Buffalo, 7-2--but it was there for them anyway on this miraculous play by Alexei Emelin.

The skill was also there, and when we talk skill we must give a nod to 36-year-old Russian defenseman Andrei Markov, who tallied his 500th point on Friday, which joins him with Canadiens' legends Larry Robinson (883)and Guy Lapointe (572). Markov, who has been with the Canadiens for 15 years, notched five points for the first time in his career, racking them up on each of Montreal's final five goals.

As far as team accolades go, the Habs are racking those up as well. They've won five consecutive road games to start a season for the first time in franchise history, and they've started a season 8-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.

The Canadiens broke open a 2-2 tie with five unanswered goals to roll to victory behind backup goalie Mike Condon, Markov's five points and a pair of markers apiece from Dale Weise and Brendan Gallagher.

The Canadiens will roll back to the Molson Centre to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. If that goes as expected, they'll be off to Vancouver for a shot at tying the all-time record of ten wins to start a season with a tilt against the Canucks. If that goes their way, it will be Edmonton next Thursday for No. 11.