MONTREAL – The usual suspects stole the show again on Wednesday night, but not without a helping hand from a strong supporting cast.
You know you’re getting serious secondary scoring when even your goalie is chipping in. In addition to kicking aside 18-of-21 Islanders shots, netminder Carey Price
added an assist on Jeff Halpern’s game-winner in the third period. Despite picking up his first multi-point night of the season, the veteran center was more focused on the two points he helped his team earn on Wednesday night.
“Well, we’ve got a lot of good scorers so I think I might be in that third tier,” joked Halpern when asked about the importance of secondary scoring. “I was happy for Darchey [Mathieu Darche
] to score and it would’ve been nice for Benny [Pouliot] to score on one of those breakaways. It’s always nice as a centerman – even though I wasn’t the one setting up the breakaways – for your linemates to score. You want to take a lot of pride as a centerman to get those guys going.”
After tipping in his first of the season to open the scoring off Halpern’s blast from the point, Darche was just happy to see pucks going in for the Habs any way they can.
“I think we’re keeping things simple. We’re not getting ahead of ourselves or making plays where there aren’t plays and we’re getting contributions from everybody,” explained the 33-year-old winger. “If you’ve got four lines going, you can take two or three minutes off from guys like Pleky and that makes a big difference when you have three games in four nights or six in 10.”
Special teams can also be a difference-maker during a season, and while the power play may have gone 0-for-3 on the night, Travis Moen
made sure the Habs’ specialty teams weren’t shut out completely against the Isles.
“It’s something I take pride in,” admitted Moen, who potted his seventh career short-handed goal off a great feed from Tomas Plekanec
in the first period. “Obviously I’m not a power-play guy so I’ve got to find my spot somewhere and I enjoy penalty killing. It’s nice to get a short-handed goal every once in a while.”
Habs sniper Michael Cammalleri may rack up points most nights, but despite being held scoreless on Wednesday, he was happy to see the offense coming from throughout the Canadiens’ roster.
“Those were big goals and you’re going to need that to win,” underlined Cammalleri, who finished a plus-2. “I really like our depth up front. When you look at our team, that’s a big strength for us this season.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
Numbers Game - Oct. 27, 2010 Canadiens 5, Islanders 3