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This game won’t be remembered for the scoreline…it won’t be remembered for David Perron scoring whilst playing against his hometown team…Ty Conklin’s brilliant overtime save will probably not be mentioned again. No, this game will be remembered for the incredible first period “collision” between Cam Janssen and Carey Price. Like him or loathe him, things happen when Janssen is on the ice.
So, what happened? Montreal caught on a sloppy line change and a loose puck along the boards drifted into the Montreal zone. Janssen skated hard after the puck – remember there were two defenders in the Montreal zone. Carey Price, for some inexplicable reason, left his crease and came way out past the faceoff hash marks to try and play the puck. Both Janssen and Price reached the puck at the same time. Janssen literally had nowhere to go – he was against the boards – so he tried to jump over Price. If Janssen hadn’t tried to get out of the way, the result could have been very nasty for Carey Price. Of course, Janssen barrelled into Price and the whole thing developed into a scrum. Price tried getting hold of Janssen…and Ty Conklin skated out of his crease towards the fracas just in case.
The amazing thing was, when it all shook down, Janssen was penalised for “roughing” – not that he had much choice when Hamrlik AND Price tried beating on him – Hamrlik was penalised for “roughing”…Ty Conklin was penalised for “leaving his crease” and Carey Price didn’t get penalised at all – which was a total injustice. Price left his crease. He was “roughing”. According to the commentators he “threw punches” at Janssen yet he gets away scot-free? Utterly unbelievable. Take a look at the video and judge for yourselves:
The game itself was one of highs and lows for the Blues. They came out hard and were soon one up courtesy of David Perron who scored a powerplay goal in the first few minutes of the game. Paul Kariya made it 2-0 less than a minute later when he bounced the puck off the out of position Carey Price. With the Blues 2-0 up, came the infamous Janssen/Price collision and Montreal pulled one back by scoring less than 10 seconds into their controversial powerplay. The Blues regained their 2 goal cushion just 13 seconds prior to the end of the period when McClement’s shot was kicked away by Carey Price, right into the path of Alex Steen who made no mistake and bagged his 11th goal of the season.
A pretty even second period saw more chances created by both teams but the goalies stood firm. It was, once again, the final period when things fell apart for the Blues. Barret Jackman coughed up the puck with just over 10 minutes left to play and Pouliot scored to pull the Canadiens within one goal. With just over 30 seconds left, the officials once again caused more than a few Blues fans to scratch their heads in disbelief after missing an obvious interference call and the Canadiens tied the game with Cammalleri tipping in Spacek’s shot.
As mentioned before, Ty Conklin made a quite wonderful save on Markov before Paul Kariya slid the puck to Andy McDonald just inside the Montreal blueline and his wrist shot beat Price to win the game for the Blues. They certainly deserved it – but they really need to get to the bottom of this strange mental breakdown in the third period. Anyway – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time notes that the Blues literally run over Carey Price.
- Dan O’Neill of the Post Dispatch says that Conklin and McDonald save the day for the Blues with comments from Keith Tkachuk, Davis Payne, David Perron and Ty Conklin.
The Blues will do it all over again tonight when they play the Senators in Ottawa.