FINAL  | Game 6, Home Game 4 | Wednesday October 17, 2018
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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3-2

BLUES
St. Louis

(Photo by Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Byron – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Drouin – Domi – Lehkonen
Hudon – Plekanec – Peca

Alzner – Petry
Reilly – Juulsen
Ouellet – Benn

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Mete (hand), Scherbak, Shaw (flu)

Injuries

Weber, Schlemko, De la Rose, Deslauriers

Game Report 

It’s October and once again the Canadiens have a home-friendly schedule. Four of their first six games have been at the Bell Centre. Two more home dates remain this month. And of the five road matches none are more than a short flight from Montreal.

So like almost every other year not named 2017, the Habs are off to a strong start in October. The difference this year, is that all the early success is rather unexpected.

And to Michel Therrien’s horror, the Canadiens are also getting more than their fair share of puck luck.

Tonight’s gift came courtesy of the usually-reliable Colton Parayko. The Blues defenceman was enjoying a good game but with 9.7 seconds remaining in a 2-2 game fanned on a pass in front of his goal. Tomas Tatar pushed the puck ahead to Brendan Gallagher who chipped it past Jake Allen.

The Blues goaltender did not look good on the winning goal. It was the third questionable goal for Allen on the evening. A long wrister from Mike Reilly beat him in the second period. And a routine backhand got by Allen just 39 seconds into the contest.

The gifts just kept on coming!

The Habs had a solid first period using their speed and pinning the Blues. Shots were 10-3 for Montreal. The Blues were the better team for the final 40 minutes outshooting Montreal 22-13. St. Louis was assisted by a steady page of Canadiens to the penalty box.

The Blues scored twice on the power-play. Carey Price was the difference in this game not allowing a 5-on-5 goal.

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▲  Carey Price, Tomas Tatar 

▼  Charles Hudon

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   BLUES
23 Shots 25
40 Face-offs 60
1-for-4 Power Play 2-for-5
15 Penalty Minutes 13
19 Hits 21
56 Corsi For 55
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (4-1-1) 1 1 1 3
 Blues (1-3-2) 0 1 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Domi (1), Reilly (1)-PPG,  Gallagher (4)
  • STL: Dunn (2)-PPG, Schenn (3)-PPG
  • MTL: Price (W) 2-1-1
  • STL: Allen (L) 1-2-2
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Mike Reilly  MTL
  2. Tomas Tatar  MTL
  3. Brendan Gallagher  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Carey Price

  • “This was our goal, obviously, to come out and have a good start [to the season]. We’ve accomplished that, and now we’ve just got to keep working on our game and keep striving to get better.”

Mike Reilly

  • “It definitely feels good, for sure. I thought about it all the time, getting my first with the Canadiens, and I did it. So it definitely feels special, especially with the win too.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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