FINAL | Game 45, Away Game 21 | Wednesday January 17, 2018 
TD Garden, Boston, MA.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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BRUINS
Boston

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Drouin
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Alzner – Petry
Benn – Jerabek
Mete – Schlemko

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Logan Shaw, Joe Morrow

Injuries

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

Game Report 

For about the first five minutes, the Canadiens were in this game. They were on the receiving end of ‘puck luck’ (say it like Therrien would) as Jakub Jerabek scored his first NHL goal, deflecting in off Zdeno Chara’s leg, just 31 seconds from the opening faceoff.

The Bruins tied the score on a tic-tac-toe passing play just shy of seven minutes into the contest. Defenseman Jeff Petry essentially stopped playing after his stick became stuck in the glass. 

At the 7:43 mark, the Canadiens registered their sixth shot on goal (to the Bruins three.) Montreal would not get their next shot on Tuukka Rask until well into the second period, more than 18 minutes without a shot on goal.

The Habs managed just 22 shots in the game. Although he wasn’t busy at all, Rask received a mercy star from the Boston media. It likely had something to do with his 1-9-3 home record against the Canadiens coming into the game.

The score, as one-sided as it was, flattered the Habs. If not for Carey Price, the result would have been humiliating. Price was solid, the only Montreal player who showed up for this one.

In his post-game presser Claude Julien said that he still believes the playoffs are in reach referencing goaltender Andrew Hammond carrying the 2014-15 Ottawa Senators to a playoff position.

That would be the same Andrew Hammond who had a 4.08 goals against average and an .837 save percentage for the Senators last season. This year, Hammond hasn’t made it out of the AHL where he has a 3.34 goals against and a .900 save percentage.

It was one of those statements that coaches sometimes make hoping that no one in the press corps is listening too carefully. Since Price’s return from injury goaltending has not been an issue for the Canadiens.

Everything else has been, including coaching.

While it is tempting to feel sorry for Julien, especially on his emotional return to TD Garden, he is knee-deep in this mess. His systems and game plans have been a disaster. His personnel choices and line combinations have been, puzzling, to be charitable,

And let’s acknowledge that Julien is partly responsible for this roster. In some cases, Marc Bergevin has acquired the players/type of players he requested.

When asked by Eric Engel’s if players on the team have quit, Julien replied, “I think those are questions you guys need to ask the players, not the coach. I can’t answer for them. It’s important for you guys to ask the right people, that’s part of your job. My job is to tell you that we weren’t good enough tonight and we need to be better, and I think that’s my responsibility. I need to get this team to play better, and no matter what they’re thinking they need to change their approach — if that’s the case.”

That’s all the Canadiens need now, a little public division between the head coach and his players. Sounds like it will be a fun flight to D.C.

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▲  Carey Price

▼  David Schlemko, Jonathan Drouin, Jeff Petry, Jordie Benn, Jakub Jerabek, Victor Mete, Alex Galchenyuk, Byron Froese, Paul Byron

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   BRUINS
22 Shots 32
43% Face-offs 57%
0-for-2 Power Play 1-for-3
6 Penalty Minutes 4
32 Hits 32
39 Corsi For 63
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (18-21-6) 1 0 0 1
 Bruins (25-10-8) 1 1 2 4
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Jerabek (1)
  • BOS: Pastrnak (18), Spooner (6), Marchand (19), Krejci (8)
  • MTL: Price (L) 13-15-4
  • BOS: Rask (W) 16-8-4
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Patrice Bergeron  BOS
  2. Brad Marchand  BOS
  3. Tuukka Rask  BOS

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “We weren’t good. It’s just as simple as that. I was really disappointed with our effort. We’ve been playing good hockey lately, but not in this game.”
  • “We need to believe in ourselves. There’s no way you’re not going to have the opportunity or have a chance when you have the kind of goaltender who’s going to give you a chance to win every night. You should take advantage of that and say, you know what, decide to work well and work together and be on the same page.”

Brendan Gallagher

  • “You can’t explain it. You just have to look in the mirror and be better as individuals, be better as a team. The situation that we’re in, we have to be smarter than that and understand that we can’t afford to have off nights, especially when we’re playing a team that’s supposed to be our biggest rival.”
  • “We’re supposed to show up. At no point in the game did we have the effort level that we needed to win and we got the result we deserved.”
  • “We were bad all over the ice. We didn’t have the effort level, both offensively and defensively. You can’t build momentum in a game or put a team on its heels until you score goals. You’ve got to wear a team down as the game goes on. It was the opposite [against Boston]. They had the puck all night. We weren’t working hard enough to get it back.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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1 COMMENT

  1. why are reporters asking the one player other then Price who is giving his all why the team is failing..Gallagher shows up for every shift….this team is just not good enough to make the playoffs and if they do for what a 1st round exit…this team went from a contender 2 years ago to a great pretender now..thanx Molson,MB,CJ

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