Canucks continue homestand against Habs
Monday, 02.21.2011 / 5:44 PM
NHL.comCANADIENS (31-22-7) at CANUCKS (38-13-9)
-- RDS (HD), SNET-P (HD)
-- Montreal 4-4-2; Vancouver 7-3-0.
-- This is the second of two meetings between the teams this season. On Nov. 9, Carey Price
stopped all 34 shots he faced and Andrei Markov
and Roman Hamrlik
supplied the offense in a 2-0 Canadiens victory in Montreal.
-- The Canucks have alternated wins and losses in their last six games, allowing the Red Wings to take a big bite out of their Western Conference lead, which is down to five points. They beat the skidding Stars 5-2 Saturday to start a six-game homestand.
Stringing a few wins together would do the Canadiens some good, too, as they've won just of their last seven games to fall four points behind Boston in the Northeast Division race.
-- Montreal thought it was in perfect position Sunday at the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic. They trailed 1-0 after one period, but came out full throttle in the second period and it earned them an early power play when Jay Bouwmeester was whistled for interference.
Instead, the Flames snatched the momentum skating a man down and capitalized on Anton Babchuk's shorthanded goal. The Flames cruised to a 4-0 win and the Canadiens fell to 1-4-2 in their last seven.
"We played really well that first half of that second period," said Price. "When they got that shorthanded goal, that was tough to swallow and they just kept going after that."
-- Another season, another Sedin atop the NHL scoring race.
This time, it's Daniel, who had 2 goals and an assist to give him 77 points, two more than the Lightning
Steven Stamkos. Last season, his twin brother Henrik finished with a League-best 112 points.
But if you think Daniel is making room in his trophy case for the Art Ross Trophy, well, you'd be wrong.
"Right now, it doesn't mean much," Sedin told the Vancouver Sun. "We'll keep playing and see what happens, but it's nothing I skate around thinking about too much."
-- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty
hasn't been playing like a rookie recently, with 7 goals and 13 points in his last 13 games. … While his brother leads the League in scoring, Henrik Sedin isn't doing too badly, either. In his last eight games, he has 3 goals and 10 points.
-- Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek
has missed the last two games with a lower-body injury fellow blueliner Hal Gill
has missed the last four with an upper-body injury, and both are questionable for Tuesday. Forward Michael Cammalleri
is continuing to work his way back from a shoulder injury suffered Jan. 18. … The Canucks won't be getting any of their five missing blueliners -- Andrew Alberts (wrist), Alexander Edler (back), Dan Hamhuis (concussion), Keith Ballard (knee) and Kevin Bieksa (foot) -- back any time soon.
-- One of the biggest reasons the Canucks have the most points in the League is their special-teams play. They entered the week with the League's best power play (25.0 percent) and fourth-best penalty killing (85.5 percent).
Habs this week - Feb. 21, 2011
Carey's new mask
P.K. being P.K.
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