Mr. Tuesday night
David Aebischer has now has a .758 winning percentage on Tuesday nights.
MONTREAL - Seeing the Hurricanes escape from the Bell Centre with a win over the Canadiens should have been a shock to everyone. Carolina, after all, was facing David Aebischer on a Tuesday night, which is normally terrible news for the opposition.
Even with the 2-1 loss he suffered to the Hurricanes, Aebischer still boasts a staggering 22-7 career record on Tuesday. No word as to whether head coach Guy Carbonneau was aware of that fact prior to giving Abby his second straight start, but the Canadiens' bench boss was likely impressed enough by Aebischer's 4-1-1 all-time mark against the 'Canes heading into tonight's action.
"It's always tough to be satisfied with a loss, since at the end of the day it's all about two points we failed to pick up in the standings," said Aebischer. "But we put in a solid 60-minute effort tonight. We need to continue and build on the positives we showed out there."
In his third start in four games, Aebischer made 32 saves as he suffered his first regulation loss since dropping a 2-0 decision to the Red Wings back on Jan. 15.
"Shot totals are not always an accurate indicator of how a game went," added Aebischer after seeing the Habs get outshot 34-26 by the Hurricanes. "It all comes down to scoring chances and we've had our share over the past few games."
One of those great chances came courtesy of Christopher Higgins, who turned Craig Adams inside-out before breaking in alone on goal only to see Cam Ward squeeze his pads and corral a Higgins backhand.
"Not connecting on that play was pretty much the highlight of my frustration these days," shrugged Higgins, who earned praise from his coach for his effort on Tuesday. "If we play like this every night, we'll win more games than we'll lose, that's for sure."
When the almost 29-year-old Aebischer blows out the candles on his birthday cake on Wednesday, he won't have to wish for more games on his favorite day of the week. The Canadiens already have games lined up on seven of the eight remaining Tuesdays to close out the regular season.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com