FINAL | Game 48, Home Game 26 | Tuesday January 23, 2018 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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4-2

AVALANCHE
Colorado

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Deslauriers
De La Rose – Froese – L. Shaw

Alzner – Petry
Benn – Jerabek
Mete – Schlemko

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Daniel Carr, Joe Morrow

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Phillip Danault – concussion, Andrew Shaw – lower-body

Game Report 

It’s games like the one tonight that conclusively demonstrate that Canadiens fans could never truly embrace the tank.

No matter how liberally one spreads the lipstick, this Canadiens season is a pig. There will be no playoffs in April. So, every loss brings Montreal closer to it’s June goal of a prime draft slot.

But yet, Canadiens fans thoroughly enjoyed their team pulling together to knock off the league’s hottest team. It was one of the more memorable games of the season and a complete effort. Well, as complete as it gets in 2017-18, but let’s try to stay positive.

The Habs game plan was obvious from the drop of the puck as Avs players found red jerseys in their faces immediately. Jeff Petry explained that the message before the game was to “close quickly.”

Canadiens did just that ensuring that the Avalanche were not given the space to generate speed. The Habs forechecked aggressively and outhit the Avs 43-23. The Canadiens won battles all over the ice and used a style of play that accelerated fatigue for a Colorado team that played in Toronto on Monday night.

Montreal completely neutralized the Avs speed.

The home team dominated the faceoff dot and possession, won the special teams battle and received superior goaltending. Apart from the stumbles towards the end of the game that cost Carey Price a shutout, the Canadiens were the better team in each of the three periods.

So why aren’t Habs fans treated to this kind of performance every night? Consistency is one of the things that separates playoff teams from those left on the sidelines come April. Savor this victory and let it fuel your hope for October.

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▲  Carey Price, Alex Galchenyuk, Artturi Lehkonen, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Petry, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Nicolas Deslauriers

▼  David Schlemko, Byron Froese, Jakub Jerabek, Jordie Benn, Logan Shaw

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   AVALANCHE
40 Shots 22
61% Face-offs 39%
1-for-4 Power Play 0-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 8
43 Hits 23
65 Corsi For 48
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (20-22-6) 0 2 2 4
 Avalanche (27-17-3) 0 0 2 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Deslauriers (7), Galchenyuk (12)-PPG, Drouin (7), Gallagher (17)
  • COL: MacKinnon (24), Compher (8)
  • MTL: Price (W) 14-16-4
  • COL: Bernier (L) 14-8-1
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Jonathan Drouin  MTL
  2. Alex Galchenyuk  MTL
  3. Jeff Petry  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “We played well defensively. I think we closed their game down quickly because they’re a dangerous team when you give them space to skate in your zone.”

Jeff Petry

  • “We knew we needed to get all over them like Boston got all over us on a back-to-back (last Saturday). We kind of wore down in the second half of the Boston game, and that was our goal going into this game: to work them down low and make sure the fatigue set in for them.”

Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar

  • “We had no room to move and it didn’t look like we had a bunch of jump to try and fight through some of that stuff.”
  • “It looked like we were out of gas tonight. That’s what it looked like, that’s how we played. They were more determined, they were more physical, they won more battles and doubled us up in almost every category of the game.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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