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Monday, December 16, 2013

Montreal Canadiens Three Stars of the Week - Dec 9 to 15, 2013

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After their incredible 9-0-1 run, the Canadiens crashed back to earth last week. The Habs managed just one win in four games. Even more troubling, the Habs scored just 3 goals in their games and Montreal's only win was an overtime shutout effort by Carey Price.

First Star: Carey Price

The past week went so badly for the Habs that even though Price was pulled less than halfway through the Kings game Tuesday, he was still able to make up for it with his next two starts and claim the team's first star of the week. Price bounced back from allowing 4 goals on 16 shots against L.A. by stopping 46 of the next 48 shots he faced and was the team's best player in Philadelphia and Long Island.

Second Star: Alex Galchenyuk

Galchenyuk picked up two out of the three Habs goals this week, including a power play goal Sunday that ended a 6-game drought. Chucky was the team's most consistent player throughout the week and arguably the Habs' best skater Tuesday against the Kings, when he registered 7 shots in a season high 19:03 minutes of ice-time.

Third Star: David Desharnais

Desharnais provided the offensive spark the Habs needed to get by the Islanders in overtime Saturday night. His strong forecheck against Thomas Hickey freed the puck up deep in Isle territory and his pass to Max Pacioretty secured Montreal's only win of the week.

Honorable Mention: Habs Fans in Long Island

Braving blizzards and the less than welcoming atmosphere of the Nassau Coliseum, thousands of Habs fans made the trek from Quebec to Long Island to cheer on their team. The Canadiens treated their faithful to 60 minutes of scoreless hockey, but eventually managed the victory in front of their traveling fans.

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