Sunday, October 12, 2008
Alex Tanguay and co. delivered last night in Toronto. <photo courtesy sportsnet.ca>
What a difference 24 hours makes.
The Montreal Canadiens rebounded from a tough 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo just 24 hours prior, destroying the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 6-1.
Newcomer Alex Tanguay attributed his "average" performance in Buffalo to nerves, but he was able to shake away the butterflies last night, tallying a power-play goal and three assists (two on the power-play).
The game really exploded in the second period.
Montreal took a 2 goal lead into the second frame, and then added 3 more - all on the powerplay - in just 5:28. Young Sergei Kostitsyn had his best game in Habs colors, scoring twice on the PP and adding an assist on the other scored by Tanguay.
Kostitsyn tried beating Curtis Joseph on a breakaway in the third for the hat trick, but was denied the five-hole. Joseph started the third in relief of Vesa Toskala, who allowed all six goals on 23 shots.
Guillaume Latendresse rebounded from a lacklustre performance in Buffalo, scoring a goal on an absoultely sublime feed from captain Saku Koivu to cap the scoring. He also had two assists, one on the powerplay. Roman Hamrlik was rewarded with his hard work in Buffalo, scoring the game's opening goal midway through the first.
Montreal finished 3-for-7 on the powerplay, adding the other three at even strength.
Jaroslav Halak had a very good game in goal, turning aside all but one of the 25 shots fired his way.
Alex Kovalev had the other goal not mentionned above - it was the game winner. He coralled a great setup from Plekanec in 'Gretzky's office' to score just above the crease and with Leafs on his back.
Posted by Max Power at 12:27 PM