FINAL | Game 29, Home Game 16 | Tuesday December 5, 2017 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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3-4

BLUES
St. Louis

(Photo by Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko 

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Jakub Jerabek, Joe Morrow

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Nikita Scherbak – knee,  Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Jonathan Drouin – lower-body

Game Report

So close. The Canadiens came within one goal of one of the powerhouse teams in the NHL. And the winning goal went off the skate of David Schlemko.

If the Blues hadn’t got all the breaks, the Habs could have won.

As ludicrous as all that sounds, it was a stream of thought on social media following the game.

In truth, the score flattered the Canadiens.. greatly. And it was a testament to exceptional goaltending, spectacular at times, that Montreal had a chance to win this game.

After 20 minutes the score was tied at one, with St. Louis having a slight shot advantage. However, the second period was quite a different story. The Blues dominated for long stretches. The Canadiens were hemmed in their own zone, were second on most pucks and were being slowed down by the St. Louis defence.

Montreal was very fortunate to come out of the second frame only down by one. Shots were 13-6 for the Blues but frankly, the gap seemed much wider. The popular belief that the Canadiens are only a player or two away from contending seemed to be overly optimistic given the disparity between the two teams.

The Blues were patient, determined and confident. Their aggressive play forced Canadiens players to cough up the puck or try to make a play more quickly than they intended. Giveaways were 28-8 for Montreal.

While the final shot total was close, just 29-25 for St. Louis, scoring chances were not. The Blues outchanced the Canadiens 22-10. Which meant that the Blues were getting excellent quality scoring opportunities but Price was coming up with outstanding saves throughout the game.

Daniel Carr was another bright spot in the lineup. Carr assisted on the Canadiens first goal and provided the screen that helped Jordie Benn’s point shot into the back of the net. Carr continues his points streak since being recalled from Laval.

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▲    Shea Weber, Jacob De La Rose, Daniel Carr, Carey Price, Andrew Shaw

▼    Brendan Gallagher, Karl Alzner, Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Phillip Danault, Charles Hudon, Paul Byron, Victor Mete

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   BLUES
25 Shots 30
52% Face-offs 48%
0-for-1 Power Play 0-for-3
10 Penalty Minutes 6
42 Hits 31
49 Corsi For 58
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (13-13-3) 1 1 1 3
 Blues (18-8-2) 1 2 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Benn (4), Weber (5), Weber (6)
  • STL: Schenn (11), Upshall (4), Schenn (12), Schenn (13)
  • MTL: Price (L) 8-8-1
  • STL: Allen (W) 14-6-2
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
 

  1. Brayden Schenn  STL
  2. Shea Weber  MTL
  3. Alex Pietrangelo  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “You lose some games throughout the season and some of them are really frustrating. I feel like at least the guys competed well, and I’d have liked for us to have had a better result for it but I’m not disappointed in the effort of our players.”
  • “They took away the boards from us and hemmed us in. They’re big, they’re talented, they’re a team that’s been through a lot and gone far.”

Shea Weber

  • “I thought we showed a lot of character. We could have quit when we went down 3-1, especially after giving up two goals on back-to-back shifts there, but the guys stuck to the program. [The Blues] could have hemmed us a bit in the second, but I thought we came back with a couple of good shifts and were able to tie it up in the third.”
  • “They were a very good team. We knew it would be a battle, and I thought we did a good job of fighting back there twice. Obviously we dug ourselves into a bit of a hole, but we showed character coming back. It was definitely a tough bounce at the end.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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