A nice come from behind victory for the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Down 3-1 after the 1st, the Canadiens erased that and won 4-3 in a shootout. Sloppy effort from the Islanders, especially when they had a chance to end it on a power play in overtime. There is a lot of open ice when it’s 4-on-3, something the Islanders weren’t able to take advantage of. And then in the shootout, no one could score behind some pretty lazy efforts.
They had the backup, Antti Niemi, lined up but he didn’t have to do much work. It wouldn’t have had to come to a shootout if the Islanders didn’t stop skating. Good teams know how to bury the opposition when they have a comfortable lead. It’s always tricky with a young team who don’t have much experience protecting leads.
The Islanders were on a five-game winning streak heading into last night, and were able to add another point, so nothing for them to feel bad about. In any event, I’ve been like a crazy 1-9 in extra sessions this season. I haven’t been able to buy a bounce or get good fortunes outside of regulation. Usually those toss-up situations will turn around.
Carey Price got the night off, so he would be ready for action tonight in New York. The Rangers got standout performance from Henrik Lundqvist on Sunday, as he guided them to a 3-1 win. Price and Lundqvist will meet in a battle of two of the better goaltenders we’ve had in the league this past decade. Get our free Canadiens vs. Rangers pick below.
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It was a good effort by the Canadiens not to give up after getting down 3-1 last night. The Canadiens team last year may have just fell over and stayed there. So, for Canadiens’ fans, that’s certainly a good sign in what has been an opening month of good signs. They key word there is month, though. I think we went over this with Vegas last season when they got off to their blistering hot start, but the fact of the matter is that they have a lot of time to regress.
In any event, getting a win without Price is another good sign for the Habs, albeit Price hasn’t looked great recently. Also, playing this well over the course of the last month has been impressive without Shea Weber. Weber just has to hope this team doesn’t take a dive soon as he returns, or else you will have fans putting the blame on him, whether it’s warranted or not.
After all of the effort they put into their comeback last night, are they going to overlook the Rangers tonight? The Sabres were coming off a big win the day before as well, and couldn’t capitalize on opportunities around Lundqvist. With the win for the Rangers, they’ve won three games in a row heading into Tuesday.
Another win would put them at .500 following a slow start. Mats Zuccarello has bene playing terrific hockey, with 7 points in the last nine games and leading the team in assists. Max Domi counters with 9 points in the Canadiens’ last ten outings. The Coyotes have to be asking where was that production for us. Henrik has been fire against the Canadiens in his last four appearances, posting a 0.94 GAA and 0.967 save percentage. Price enters with 11 goals allowed in his last three games and a 0.87 save percentage. He was hot and cold last season and he’s looked beatable again in 2018-19. The Rangers should be able to get by with a 3-2 or 4-2 win on Tuesday night at MSG.