FINAL | Game 50, Away Game 23 | Tuesday January 30, 2018 
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO.

CANADIENS
Montreal

teamlogo_canadiens

1-3

BLUES
St. Louis

(Photo by Jeff Roberson / AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

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

Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Morrow – Jerabek

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Daniel Carr, Jordie Benn

Injuries

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

Game Report 

Coach Claude Julien had publicly accused his team of not being ready to play in their last game. They were tonight. The Canadiens came out flying winning races to the puck all over the ice.

For the first 17:02, Montreal did not allow a shot on goal and they had 11 of their own on Blues goaltender Carter Hutton. But in all of that time of possession, the Canadiens buzzed around the perimeter, unable to get close to the St. Louis goal.

But then the sixth place team in the league hit back, hard. The Blues pumped eight shots on Carey Price in the last 2:58 of the first period. And St. Louis offence was not tip-toeing around the outside. Driving to the net, they finished the opening frame with several high-danger scoring chances.

And the Blues picked up where they left off in the second period. Karl Alzner provided the screen for a goal by Ivan Barbashev. Early in the third period, the Canadiens had more players on the ice than on the bench resulting in a too-many-men penalty. St. Louis would capitalize with a power-play goal from Patrik Berglund.

And that’s all that was needed. The Canadiens mustered their best effort which amounted to a little less than a period’s worth, and then folded to the superior team

At this point, most Canadiens fans are ready to embrace a culling of the herd, although there is considerable disagreement regarding who should be the players to go. But as that happens, Habs supporters would welcome a team sprinkled with replacements from Laval would put forth an honest effort and further their development with an eye towards next season.

===

▲  Carey Price

▼  David Schlemko, Karl Alzner, Jonathan Drouin, Logan Shaw

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   BLUES
34 Shots 31
41% Face-offs 59%
1-for-3 Power Play 1-for-3
6 Penalty Minutes 7
23 Hits 24
65 Corsi For 63
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (20-24-6) 0 0 1 1
 Blues (31-18-3) 0 1 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Hudon (7)-PPG
  • STL: Barbashev (2), Berglund (7)-PPG, Steen (11)-EN/SHG
  • MTL: Price (L) 14-18-4
  • STL: Hutton (W) 13-4-1
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Carter Hutton  STL
  2. Ivan Barbashev  STL
  3. Jay Bouwmeester  STL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “We talked about it a lot in between periods. We have to find a way to get down low inside the dots and go to the net like they did on their second goal. That’s what we were missing. With the way Hutton is playing lately, it was so important to create more traffic in front of him like we did on the goal we scored. That’s what hurt us most.”
  • “When you get nothing out of the effort you put in, you give the other team a chance to get back into the game. You give them life and they capitalized on their chances a lot more than we did.”

Max Pacioretty

  • “We’re not looking for moral victories, we’re looking for points. Really what we need amongst ourselves is answers as to how to win hockey games. It hasn’t been there at all this year. Even when we play pretty decent, it seems like it’s just not enough. We have to figure out how and why that’s happening and find ways to win.”

Alex Galchenyuk

  • “I thought we didn’t create that much. He’s a good goalie. We need to create more chances. Especially when it’s 1-0, there’s no surprise there. It’s a one-goal game. We had to tie it. They scored the second one, which was a big goal. We’ve got to find a way to create more and get to the net more.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

 Social Media: Follow @AllHabs on Twitter
https://twitter.com/TheAHLReport/status/958391652460081153

https://twitter.com/Snakebite350/status/958535494912151552

Follow @AllHabs on Twitter

Be sure to follow @AllHabs on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube