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Habs Take On The Boston Bruins
During their opening week, the Montreal Canadiens demonstrated strategic leadership, unwavering dedication, and tenacious restlessness, proving once again why they’re the most successful team in the entire league.
The Habs opened their hockey season with a particularly riveting game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on October 8th. The Habs won the game 4-3, thanks in large part to the contributions of defenceman P.K. Subban, left winger Max Pacioretty, centre Tomas Plekanec, and goalie Carey Price. Plekanec was particularly spectacular, and was undoubtedly the best player on the ice. Plekanec proved his worth by stepping up to the plate of alternate captain and admiringly accepting the responsibilities that goes hand-in-hand with that title. After scoring early in the second period, Plekanec scored with 43 seconds remaining in the game by bouncing a pass attempt off Leafs defenceman Stuart Percy in a nail-biting finish. The game allowed the Habs to make up for missed opportunities, as the team had not beaten Toronto in a season opener in four years.
Following the season opener, the Habitants travelled to Washington for a stellar game against the Capitals. This time, an especially extraordinary Dustin Tokarski kept his eyes on the prize in nets. Despite an unbalanced and sloppy first period, the Habs gained momentum and ultimately took the game to overtime, and then to shootout. In the fifth round of the shootout, right winger Brendan Gallagher scored the decisive goal, allowing the Habs to win 3-2 over the Capitals.
Finally, on Saturday October 11th, the Habs faced the Philadelphia Flyers in yet another intense game. At first, things seemed bleak for the Habs, with the Flyers holding a three point advantage over the Habs. However, the Habitants bounced back in the third, with Andrei Markov, Plekanec, and Alex Galchenyuk tying the game up. The game eventually went to shootout, with Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scoring the winning goal.
In short, the Habs’ opening week was comprised of a series of heart-racing, yet completely satisfying, golden moments. Plekanec shined this week, and it seems like we can expect great things from him this season. Hopefully, the Habs can stay humble and keep up the absolutely exceptional work.