Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Habs Earn Four Straight Road Wins to Start Season for First Time in Franchise History

Montreals' 3-2 win over the Penguins shows us that even the most storied franchise in all of hockey can still create milestones.

After wins over Toronto, Boston, Ottawa and Pittsburgh, the Canadiens will head home to face the Rangers on Thursday night in Montreal. This is the first time in history that Montreal has started any season with four consecutive road wins. The last time the Habs opened any season 4-0 was 1977. That year they went on to go 59-10-1 and won the Stanley Cup.

“The most rewarding thing right now is that we’re rolling four lines,” Max Pacioretty, who scored two goals and leads Montreal with four, told the Montreal Gazette. “We’re playing well in our own end and that’s translating to good (scoring) opportunities. Everyone has contributed offensively and that brings the team closer together.”

Despite Pacioretty's strong performance, and the Habs' ability to put up at least three goals in each of their four games, the biggest play of the game occurred in Montreal's end of the ice. Carey Price stonewalled Sidney Crosby from pointbland with just over two minutes to go:

“I wasn’t sure where the puck was after I stopped it,” Price told the Montreal Gazette. “I was fishing for the loose puck until I found it.”

“That save was the game right there,” Pacioretty said. “When you see a goalie make a save like that, you want to pick up the energy and you know you have to do a little bit more to help him get the two points.”

Crosby has yet to register a point this season. He had four shots on goal but suffered his first pointless outing at home vs. the Canadiens in 16 career tilts.