MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty stole the spotlight before the game. Carey Price got most of the accolades after the game. They combined to help the Montreal Canadiens to a franchise record.Pacioretty, carrying a torch aloft as he took the ice before the game, was introduced as the 29th captain in Canadiens’ history.Price made 25 saves to lead Montreal to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Oct. 15. The win was the Canadiens’ fifth straight to start the season, a franchise record.“It (the record) is rewarding, but I’m more happy about the way the team’s playing,” Pacioretty said after his first home game since being named captain. “It’s so fun to roll four lines and see everyone going.“There are no egos on this team right now.”Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tomas Plekanec, with an empty-net effort, scored for the Canadiens (5-0-0), who handed the Rangers (3-2-0) a second straight defeat.Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups, the previous club record for wins to start a season was four, last accomplished in 1977-78.To set the record, Price displayed the form that won him the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP and the Vezina as top goaltender last season.New York’s Henrik Lundqvist, who is also considered among the best goalies in the world, may have been even better in a losing cause, stopping 29 of 31 shots.“Hank was awesome tonight,” Price said of Lundqvist. “That was a spectacle. An absolute clinic. I really enjoyed watching it. He made a dozen really spectacular saves.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault agreed.“We got schooled tonight,” he said. “Our only moment came on a 5-on-3. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. If it wasn’t for our goalie, it would have been much worse.”Price has been all-but unbeatable at home against the Rangers, posting a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 visits, allowing only nine goals.There was playoff-like speed and intensity in the meeting of last season’s two top regular season clubs.“It was a high-level match, like a game in April,” Montreal coach Michel Therrien said.Montreal outshot the Rangers 32-25.The Canadiens scored the first goal for the fifth time in as many games 8:46 into the second period. David Desharnais kept a puck in at the blue line and then saw his shot go off Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Fleischmann batted the bouncing puck past Lundqvist on the short side.The end of the third period saw the goalies at their finest. Montreal killed a two-man New York Advantage when Price made a brilliant stop short side on Derek Stepan and thwarted Rick Nash on a short-range blast.At the other end, Lundqvist snared a bullet from Alex Galchenyuk. The Swede then kept the Rangers in the game in the third by stopping Brian Flynn on a breakaway and robbing a wide-open Desharnais from close range.He was finally beaten again at 17:55 when Weise picked out an opening with a shot from the right circle. Plekanec then put his fourth of the season into an open net.“Once again the Rangers played very well,” Price said. “That’s an excellent hockey club over there.“We have a lot of respect for that team and their abilities. They probably feel the same about us. In the future, I’m sure there’ll be a lot more great hockey games between our teams.” TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Delhi: Reacting to the government decision to cut corporate tax, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday attacked the government alleging that the rich will benefit while the poor left to fend for themselves. The government on Friday slashed corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17% and offered a lower rate to 17.01% for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth rate from a six-year low byincentivising investments to help create jobs. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Howdy Modi. Corporate Diwali. India foregoes Rs 1.45 lakh crore revenue. Need Diwali for needy folk!” Sibal said in a tweet. “Extra money in corporate hands will not boost demand. Need extra money in hands of rural India to spur consumption. The rich will benefit. The poor left to fend for themselves,” he said. The Congress on Friday had termed the corporate tax cut a “panic reaction” by the government and linked it to the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, with Rahul Gandhi saying he is amazed at what Narendra Modi can do for a “stock market bump” before the diaspora programme.
Kolkata: Onion prices may touch the three-digit mark during the Durga Puja this year. Consumers are expected to feel the pinch as onion producing regions have received excess rainfall in the past two days.It was only past month when onion, one of the prime components for chicken, mutton and fish dishes, was priced between Rs 25 and 30 per kg. Today, the retail price of one kg of onion has shot up to Rs 54 for red onion of very good quality to Rs 50 for average quality. Depending upon the quality, onion prices vary in the market. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDealers have hinted that the prices of onion is expected to rise till Diwali as fresh kharif (summer) crop will hit the market from November onwards. “Every year, there is huge demand of onions during Durga Puja because temporary food stalls along the roads buy onions in large quantity. This year, the market is expected to be down because of sky rocketing prices of onions,” said Bishal, who sells at Sealdah’s Koley market. Lasalgaon Mandi in Nashik, Asia’s largest market yard for the bulb, supplies onions round the year to Bengal. This apart, Bengal also imports onions from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “In August, there was shortage of onions in the market due to flood in Nashik, Maharashtra. Then, the cost of one sack (around 40 kg) of onions has shot up from Rs 1,300 (average quality onion) to Rs 1,500. Today (September 23), cost of one sack is Rs 1,480 (average quality onion) and Rs 1,800 (Red Onion – very good quality),” Bishal said. The retailers buy the onion sacks as per their requirement from the wholesalers and sell it to the customers. “Consumers are buying half of their required quantity. The regular quality onion is priced at Rs 50 and the high quality onion is priced is Rs 54 and above. The prices are expected to rise more in the near future,” said Ram Bharose, an onion vendor at Koley market.