Despite posting un-Brodeur-like numbers across the board to start the campaign, the Devils’ netminder was in vintage form against the Habs on Thursday night, posting his second shutout and second win of the season to earn first star honors.
“There’s no secret to it; I just love playing here,” shrugged the 38-year-old St. Leonard native. “The way the season started for us and for me, we needed a good performance here tonight. It’s been a rocky start and it’s definitely nice to get shutouts but wins are what we’re looking for.”
“It was just one of those frustrating nights,” admitted Gionta, who picked up two goaltender interference penalties on his old buddy in the second period. “You knew they were going to come out playing extremely well. I thought that for a little bit of the first, we had some good things going then we got away from our game plan and got out of our rhythm in the second. We just couldn’t catch up in the third. We needed to get more second and third opportunities. He’s a good goalie and he’s going to make that first save but we have to get in there for rebounds and tips and screens.”
Earning second-star status with a flurry of highlight-reel saves, Carey Price knows the key to getting pucks past a goalie. His recipe for success? Getting in the netminder’s grill early and often.
“We had some chances, especially in the second period but we have to get more traffic in front of their net,” explained Price. “Every team is going to be shut out at some point or another during the season. Marty made the saves he had to make, but we made life easy on him. He’s the kind of goalie who will stop the puck if he can see it.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
3 stars of the game
Numbers Game - Oct. 21 - 2010