Pekka Rinne lead his team to a 3-0 victory over Montreal on the strength of a 30 save effort. Steve Sullivan, Marcel Goc and Francis Bouillon all had two-point nights. Consequently, Montreal saw their winning streak end at four games.
Early in the middle frame, after nearly 90 seconds of continuous pressure, Marcel Goc opened the scoring for the Preds. Former Hab Francis Bouillon joined the attack and made a nice pass to setup the goal. And, while the Canadiens were afforded three consecutive powerplays, including a brief two-man advantage, they were never able to capitalize against one of the league’s weaker penalty-killing units.
The final period saw Nashville get many quality chances on an early powerplay, but desperate defensive play by Montreal prevented a goal. Cody Franson had a golden opportunity in front of a gaping net, but Josh Gorges made a frantic dive to block the shot. It would only be a matter of time before Nashville scored though. At 8:55, Cal O’Reilly doubled his squad’s lead, deflecting the puck past Price after accepting a beautiful pass from Steve Sullivan. Mere minutes later, Marcel Goc potted his second goal of the evening. The German forward crossed the blue line, took a screen shot between Josh Gorges’ legs and surprised Price, beating him stick side.
Tom Pyatt and Lars Eller, who both have yet to score a goal, were two of the more dynamic forwards, going to the net regularly and creating quality chances . One of their better moments came when Lars Eller sprung Tom Pyatt on a partial break and, aiming for the five hole his shot slowly squeezed through Pekka Rinne’s pads. Unfortunately for the 23 year, Cody Franson managed to clear the puck before any real damage was done.
As for the two recently separated brothers, Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn, the older clearly played better than his younger counterpart. Mind you, Andrei made a few careless plays, but he nonetheless obtained some good shots, drove to the net and managed to draw a penalty. In total, he finished the night with 4 shots on goal and another 4 missed shots. Conversely, Sergei was barely noticeable in his 11:28 of ice time, taking one penalty and no shots. In short, it was not exactly a legendary matchup between the Belarussian duo.
Finally, the game ended on a worrisome note for Habs fans. Jarsoslav Spacek left the game in some amount of discomfort after colliding awkwardly with Patrick Hornqvist late in the third. While near the player’s bench, both players were chasing a loose puck, came together and the Czech defender then fell face-first into the board.
About the Author
Written by Louis Moustakas
Louis was born in Chicago but has lived in Quebec City most of his life and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Université Laval. An avid Canadiens fan, he has written for HabsWorld.net since 2009. Currently, Louis lives in Ottawa where he works for the Coaching Association of Canada.