MONTREAL - Here are a few key storylines from Wednesday night's 3-2 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
'It's definitely emotional'
What can you say about Cayden Primeau? He most definitely earned his first career NHL win with a 35-save performance on home turf.
Primeau became the fifth youngest goaltender in franchise history to earn thier first NHL victory at 20 years and 122 days old.
He was also the second netminder in as many seasons to earn his first NHL win before his 21st birthday. Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart is the other.
"It's special, just being able to get the first one with this group of guys. It's unbelievable," said Primeau, after backstopping the Canadiens to their third straight win. "The guys have been amazing. It's definitely emotional."
There's no denying that Primeau has already won over the Bell Centre faithful with his work.
The crowd was chanting his name during the second period, and he even received a standing ovation after being named the game's first star.
"It's crazy and definitely amazing to have support like that," mentioned Primeau. "There's truly no words to describe the feeling."
To say that Primeau's teammates were impressed by his performance would be an understatement.
"He's awesome back there. He's a rock for us," praised Nick Cousins, who opened the scoring versus Ottawa with his fourth goal of the season. "He's got a quiet confidence to him that doesn't go unnoticed by me and the rest of the guys."
Head coach Claude Julien was pleased with Primeau's play, too.
"I didn't see the nervousness in the first period that I saw last game [on December 5 against Colorado]. It's another step in the right direction for him. He's calm. He made some big saves. I liked his game tonight," said Julien. "Whether you see him tomorrow or whether you see him a few years from now, no matter what, I think he's got a nice future ahead of him."
Video: Cayden Primeau on his first NHL win
After defenseman Ben Chiarot netted the game-winning goal in the extra frame, captain Shea Weber bolted towards Primeau to celebrate a job well done.
It was an intentional gesture, according to the veteran defenseman, who wanted to show the Northeastern University product some love.
"I feel like the goalie always gets left out no matter what. It's his first win, so it's even more special. But I tend to go to the goalie first always," joked Weber. "I feel like the swarm always goes to one guy and the goalie gets the short end of the stick. I'm trying to make him feel a little bit special as well."
It's clear that Weber already has a great deal of respect for Primeau. In their short time together, the Farmington Hills, MI native has already caught his eye.
"He's solid. He has a lot of poise at this age. There's still so much room for improvement, but he's already this good," said Weber. "It's a good sign of things to come."
Video: Shea Weber on his tussle with Brady Tkachuk
Being congratulated by Weber was a rather cool experience for Primeau as well.
"He's a good leader," said Primeau. "To have someone like that acknowledge that is special."
Big Ben comes up huge
Chiarot deserves plenty of credit for his effort on Wednesday night.
First and foremost, his 15-game goal drought is officially over courtesy of the OT winner.
"It's nice [to score] against the team that beat us in overtime last time, so get a little payback," said Chiarot. "It's a fun place to play every game. Scoring a goal in overtime makes it that much better."
He also registered six shots on goal and four hits while logging just under 26 minutes of ice time.
It was essentially business as usual for Chiarot in the minutes played department, and that suits him just fine.
"When the coach relies on you, that always gives a player confidence. Luke [Richardson] and Claude have given me a lot of responsibility and that's what I want," stated Chiarot. "You want to play against the best players, and be relied on for heavy minutes, and I'm trying to do the best job I can for them."
Mission accomplished. And he also just happens to be a Primeau fan, too.
"He got the sword for the player of the game, so I told him we'd probably have to share it," cracked Chiarot. "He played great for us. You could tell he was a lot more comfortable than his first game. The future looks bright for him. He's a big kid. He moves well in the net."