MONTREAL, CANADA - FEBRUARY 5: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens falls back after stopping the puck in front of Spencer Machacek #46 of the Winnipeg Jets during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on February 5, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Jets 3-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
Carey Price and the Canadiens hold the Jets off the scoreboard in a 3-0 victory at home -- a lot of offense for the 2011-12 Habs.
An "offensive outburst" by Montreal Canadiens standards, along with Carey Price's 23-save performance, helped the Habs recover from a 3-0 loss Saturday afternoon to a 3-0 victory of their own on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Winnipeg Jets loss is not for lack of trying: they had five power plays in the game and were playing a last-place Habs team. Despite a strong start, though, Winnipeg failed to convert on many opportunities and it cost them two points (and any goals) on the road, where they have struggled mightily.
Also, credit Price's performance to helping Montreal's three goals stand. His save and recovery in the third period at the 12:52 mark on Antti Miettinen assured audiences that this was, in fact, Prices best game in a while -- probably so far in 2012. With a comparably big game Sunday was Tomas Plekanec, who recorded a rare Montreal power play goal and an assist, and almost had a second goal on an empty-netter that just missed the mark. All of this goes along with a shorthanded goal from Alexei Emelin and an even-strength goal from Max Pacioretty.
If you've been wondering, Sunday officially marked a full 365 days since Scott Gomez has scored a goal.
While the Jets are only four points behind the Washington Capitals for ninth place in the East, Winnipeg will likely still miss the playoffs due to losing games like this.