Forward lines and defense pairings
Byron – Galchenyuk – Radulov
Andrighetto – Plekanec – Gallagher
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Carr – Mitchell – Flynn
Emelin – Weber
Markov – Petry
Beaulieu – Hanley
Greg Pateryn, David Desharnais
Zach Redmond, Artturi Lehkonen
Outstanding, amazing and yes, spectacular. Price’s save on Anze Kopitar will be on all of the highlight reels. But there were more. Lots more.
But in this game, Price faced a manageable shot load. The Canadiens were still outshot in this game but allowed just 24.
And something else happened. Price was again the best player on the ice, but on this night he had company. The Canadiens played their most complete game of the season.
The Kings got most of their scoring chances while on the power-play. And their single goal. When play was 5-on-5, Montreal was simply dominant. It’s something that has not yet happened this season, until Thursday night.
In the post-game scrums both Max Pacioretty and Jeff Petry mentioned that the Habs benefited from practicing clean d-zone exits and controlled o-zone entries. On this night, practice made perfect.
In their own zone, the top-4 defense were solid. Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin may not have been a combination in the minds of many before the season began, but they have been a shutdown pair every game. The second pairing was equally good on Thursday night, with Jeff Petry having one of his best games of the season. Petry’s stat line was one assist, plus-3, four hits and an icetime of 22:29.
The Canadiens had a great start, playing their best first period of the season. Then after a strong second period, fans began speaking about their best 40 minutes of the season. The Canadiens didn’t disappoint in the third putting their stamp on the most complete game of this young season.
Some records would fall on this night:
By starting at 9-0-0 Carey Price set a new season-opening win streak, breaking the mark of 8-0-0 set by Charlie Hodge.
Elias Sports announced that the Canadiens have won 12 of their first 14 games to begin a season for the first time in their 99-year history in the NHL.
▲ Carey Price, Shea Weber, Daniel Carr, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Jeff Petry, Alexander Radulov, Phillip Danault
▼ Nathan Beaulieu, Joel Hanley