All Habs Rewind – Week 13: Price Dominates, Habs Capture First in East

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by Amy Johnson, Video Editor/Producer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

(Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
(Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

MONTREAL, QC – Need to get caught up on Habs highlights? Want to relive the memorable moments of the past week?

Then All Habs Rewind is for you.

Every week watch the most unforgettable goals, saves, and hits by your Montreal Canadiens compiled by our video production team! Then tell us which one you liked most in the comments section below.

After almost a week off from the Christmas holiday, the Canadiens opened a four-game week on the road in Carolina.  Brandon Prust and Brad Malone showed their spirit early on with a lively fight within the first five minutes of the game.  Neither team could score a goal in the first period, while Carey Price put up some stellar saves.  In the second, Jiri Sekac and Lars Eller both scored an even-strength goal.  Eller’s was the team’s 21,000th goal in franchise history.  The Hurricanes managed to get one back, but Max Pacioretty put the game away with an empty-netter in the waning seconds of the third period.  Final score: Canadiens, 3-1. (Read our full recap here: Price Continues MVP Season)

The Habs headed further south the following night for a game against the Florida Panthers.  Canadiens fans packed the arena and chants of “Go Habs Go” could be heard echoing throughout the game.  Dustin Tokarski got the start, with the back-to-back situation, and kept the Panthers out of the net in the first period.  Andrei Markov headed to the dressing room after being hit in the side of the head by a shot from P.K. Subban.  In the second frame, Brendan Gallagher scored the first goal of the night and the crowd erupted into applause. After the Panthers scored a tying goal with less than two minutes left in the game, it took a goal by P. A. Parenteau in the shootout to clinch the win for the Canadiens.  Final score: Canadiens, 2-1 (SO). (Read our full recap here: Habs Squeak Out a Win in South Florida)

After ringing in 2015 in Florida, the Canadiens headed up the coast to take on the New Jersey Devils in Newark.  It was Price’s 400th NHL game, and would also be the night he earned his 200th NHL win.  Despite not scoring in the first period yet again, the Habs rebounded with two goals by Michael Bournival, a power play goal by Pacioretty, and an empty-netter by Tomas Plekanec to close things out.  Final score: Canadiens, 4-2. (Read our full recap here: Price Leads the Way Again)

Price didn’t have much time to think about his milestone game, however, as he got the call to mind the net again the next night in Pittsburgh.  This time the Canadiens got on the board first, as Pacioretty and David Desharnais both potted first period goals.  David Perron returned the favor by scoring his first goal in a Penguins uniform.  The Habs extended their lead in the second period with an easy goal by Tom Gilbert.  With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Alexei Emelin gave the Canadiens a three-goal lead which they would take to the ending buzzer.  Final score: Canadiens, 4-1. (Read our full recap here: Habs Beat Pens For 6th Straight Win)

The Canadiens return to Montreal on Tuesday night to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Until then, we’ve got plenty of content to keep you busy reading about your favourite team! In case you missed them, here are a few fantastic articles published earlier this week:

What We Learned on 24CH: “A Noble Gesture”

Hab360 Podcast: Price Reaches Milestones [AUDIO]

Recap – Denmark vs Canada: Team Canada to Meet Slovakia in WJC Semifinal

All Habs Three Weekly Stars

1st Star:  Carey Price  (3 wins)

2nd Star:  Max Pacioretty  (3 goals, 1 assist)

3rd Star:  P.K. Subban  (4 assists)

Who was your favourite player this week?

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