The Montreal Canadiens finally won a game. The club snapped an eight-game winless skid with a victory over the New York Islanders Tuesday.
It’s might’ve been some of that old Habs magic at work, as the team had 11 former captains at the Bell Centre to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Canadiens. It’s hard not to want to win it for Yvan Cournoyer, you have to imagine.
The victory has to feel good for the long-suffering Habs and their fans, who were knocking on the door of a nine-game streak that would’ve put them in auspicious company. Montreal hasn’t dropped nine straight since 1939-1940. Doing that in front of Serge Savard? Let’s just say it would’ve made him spin-o-rama right out of the building.
The Canadiens dropped the Islanders by a final score of 4-2. Shea Weber, Phillip Danault, Brendan Gallagher, and Jeff Petry had goals for Montreal. Carey Price took the dub with 21 saves.
“I can’t say enough how neat that was,” said Weber. “There’s so much history in this franchise. To have the captains here, their presence, them giving back to the team, it was really cool.”
Montreal took it to the Islanders early and often, setting a physical and fast pace to the game. New York eventually topped out the Habs in hitting stats, but the home team outshot the visitors by a big margin (40-23) and blocked more pucks. Both teams turned up goose eggs on the power play.
Scott Mayfield and Mathew Barzal had goals for the Isles.
“You need a break at some point,” said Montreal coach Claude Julien. “I thought we played a really good first period. To come into the dressing room ahead 1-0 was a big difference versus 0-0. We were playing well but it was still a tie game.”
The game was shaky at times for the Canadiens and it’s hard to say the club completely controlled the opposition. They had a 3-0 lead in the third period before Mayfield struck. Barzal’s goal made it 3-2, but luckily Weber found the yawning cage to put things away.
Still, it’s something to build on and the Canadiens can take this and hopefully gain momentum. They draw the Colorado Avalanche Thursday and then face off against the New York Rangers on Friday.
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