More than two decades have passed since the
The Canadiens have had some good teams since then and they appeared to have a very good team last season until goaltender
All of which made the
"We know it's a big game and it's a good test. They're the best team in the league and everybody wants to see how they stack up against the best," Gibson said after matching his career-high save total.
How did they stack up? "I think we played well," he said. "There were spurts where they dominated and there were spurts where we had a lot of good possession and played how we wanted. I thought it was a good game."
It wasn’t 60 minutes of good for the Ducks. Montreal (16-5-2) came out flying, and the Ducks were flustered. “Before we even were five minutes into the game they had 10 shots and we had nothing. They had their legs and were ready right from the start,” defenseman
Once they were in, they were all in, and they did an admirable job against a team that still leads the NHL with 34 points. "It's early in the season, but they're at the top of the league right now for a reason. It's one of those games that's not hard to get up for," Fowler said. "I thought we did a good job. We'll take the two points. Maybe gave up a little too many shots, but I thought for the most part we kept them to the outside and limited their speed. Some good, some bad, but we'll definitely take the win."
A power-play goal in the first period by
"Gibby saved us a lot of times today," Rakell said after taking the team lead with nine goals despite missing the first nine games. "If he didn't play this good, it might not have been the same result."
Rakell’s goal began as a wraparound attempt that put the puck in the slot.
Price’s acrobatics prevented the Ducks from extending that margin, with his most spectacular save coming in the final seconds of the middle period on a sprawling stop of a shot by defenseman
Shaw made it close later, but Gibson and the Ducks were able to hang on. "We had nothing to lose, really," Rakell said. "We know they had played really well. All we wanted to do was match their intensity."
And they did. And did the Canadiens one goal better. "Yes," Rakell said, "that's what we wanted."