The Canadiens played four games last week and didn’t lose a single one…in regulation. The Habs finished the week 1-0-3 going into overtime each match and to shootout twice. Carey Price and Peter Budaj split the work in net this week, Budaj faced the Sabres Monday and the Isles Saturday while Price took on the Sens twice. The two netminders had their work cut out for them, the Canadiens gave up more than 35 shots in their last three games and 33 to Ottawa on Friday.
Here’s a look at this week’s stars:
First Stars: Carey Price and Peter Budaj
Both of Montreal’s goalies came up big for the Habs this week, they we’re the main reasons the team came away any points, let alone points in all four games. Budaj’s season record of 3-6-3 is more a testament to the team’s lack of production in front of him than his own failings in net. The Slovakian netminder even helped out his own cause this week when he earned an assist on Louis Leblanc’s game tying goal against the Isles Saturday. Carey Price earned the Canadiens’ only win of the week Wednesday. He stopped three of three Sens shooters to secure the victory including Daniel Alfredsson who had been perfect in shootouts this season up to that point.
Second Star: David Desharnais
David Desharnais continues to defy the odds, he’s not only shown he belongs in the NHL, he’s a legitimate offensive threat. In his first full season in the majors Desharnais is top-50 in scoring with 55 points (16g, 39a). DD picked up two goals and an assist last week, including the game tying goal in Buffalo with less than five seconds remaining. Desharnais also scored in both his shootout attempts, in Montreal’s 3-2 win over Ottawa he was the only player to score for either side.
Third Star: Josh Gorges
Gorges continues to dominate the league in the blocked shots department, and his performance Friday night is the perfect example why this is the case. Gorges blocked 10 shots in Ottawa and is up to 215 on the year. The Habs’ assistant captain was also a crucial part of their perfect penalty kill that night, the Sens were 0-for-9 on the power play and Gorges was on the ice for 11:20 of the 16:27 the Habs needed to kill off.