The Montreal Canadiens continued their success against the Boston Bruins with a 2-0 victory on Saturday night at TD Garden.
Andrei Markov scored the first goal – the Canadiens first road power play goal of the season – to open up a 1-0 lead.
Tomas Plekanec later scored off of a rebound on a counter attack to open a two goal lead.
Carey Price made 33 saves for the shutout, his first regular season shutout of the Bruins.
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The statistics make it look like the Canadiens were outplayed. However, when watching the game, the Bruins didn’t look like they were dominating. The Bruins didn’t have too many scoring chances, and many of the saves that Price had to make were not very difficult.
It wasn’t until the end of the third period that Boston looked dangerous.
It is actually starting to look like this gameplan is a design. The Canadiens rely on Price and then can use their speed to counter attack on rushes. They have enough talent that they can pull it off, as the start to their season shows.
Will this catch up to them? It’s possible. However, they are so talented and deep, it really limits how much they can fall.
The Canadiens are still the top team in the league, and it’s kind of smoke and mirrors, but kind of not. This isn’t the 2010 Playoffs. This isn’t miracle after miracle. It’s a great goaltender, and skilled players taking advantage of their opportunities.
Bryan Allen made his Canadiens debut and looked alright. He made a little mistake that led to a rush, but other than that, he wasn’t really noticeable. He will fit in fine. Do I think he’s better than Nathan Beaulieu? No. But, he’s not Douglas Murray. He’s not even Francis Bouillon.
The Canadiens now play another Sunday night game against the New York Rangers as they finish up their Mothers Road Trip which is a fantastic idea. There are not many “hockey mom” stories (well, except for Sarah Palin) like there are with fathers so it’s a nice way to show their appreciation.
I wouldn’t be surprised for more teams to follow their lead.