FINAL | Game 34, Away Game 15 | Tuesday December 19, 2017 
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

teamlogo_canadiens

7-5

CANUCKS
Vancouver

(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Benn – Petry
Alzner – Jerabek
Morrow – Schlemko 

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Jacob De La Rose

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Shea Weber – lower-body

Game Report

Post-game, there was a lot of chatter about the success of the Canadiens fourth line. With two goals Nicolas Deslauriers was named the game’s second star but the heavy-lifting was done by linemates Daniel Carr and Byron Froese. Carr has been the catalyst for this line since his recall from Laval.

There was also reason for Canadiens fans to celebrate seeing Max Pacioretty with two assists and several additional scoring chances. And Alex Galchenyuk providing the game-winner scoring in a fashion only possible by a very skilled player.

The Montreal power-play came to life going 2-for-3 on the night with goals from Carr and Jeff Petry.

But the back end was once again leaky. The Canadiens play in their own zone was atrocious both at even strength and on the penalty-kill. In the absence of Shea Weber, Jeff Petry logged over 25 minutes. While he had a strong game offensively, it was a completely different story on defense.

But Petry wasn’t alone, as the entire defensive corps struggled in coverage. As a result Carey Price had to be outstanding as the Canucks directed 72 shot attempts towards the Canadiens goal.

The Habs took advantage of a Vancouver team that was 1-5-0 in their past six games entering the contest. They would be wise not to use the same template for upcoming games against Calgary and Edmonton.

~~~

▲    Carey Price, Daniel Carr, Nicolas Deslauriers

▼    David Schlemko, Jakub Jerabek, Karl Alzner, Joe Morrow

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   CANUCKS
32 Shots 39
54% Face-offs 46%
2-for-3 Power Play 2-for-3
6 Penalty Minutes 6
13 Hits 27
49 Corsi For 72
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (15-15-4) 1 3 3 7
 Canucks (15-16-4) 1 2 2 5
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Carr (3)-PPG, Deslauriers (2), Deslauriers (3), Petry (4)-PPG, Byron (10)
  • VAN: Vanek (8)-PPG, Vanek (9), D. Sedin (7), Boeser (18)-PPG
  • MTL: Price (W) 10-10-2
  • VAN: Nilsson (L) 6-5-1
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
 

  1. Thomas Vanek  VAN
  2. Nicolas Deslauriers  MTL
  3. Jeff Petry  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “First of all, maybe we should stop calling them the fourth line, because they don’t play like fourth liners. They play the right way, they manage the puck, and battle against the boards. For me, they’re a lot better than a fourth line, and we’re very happy with their work.”
  • “I just think they play the right way. It’s pretty simple when you look at what they’re doing. They’re doing exactly what we’re asking of them, and their work ethic is what makes the difference.
  • “They compete so hard every time they’re on the ice. They’re doing the right things — winning board battles, winning races — and they’re in the right places to score too. They’re a pretty reliable line — defensively they do a pretty good job — so it’s to their credit. They deserve the accolades because they’re doing what they’re being told, and it’s paying dividends for them and for us.”
  • “We’re happy with the offensive part — not so much with the defensive part tonight. At least we scored some goals which is something that we’ll build off, because we’re not where we want to be yet.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

 Social Media: Follow @AllHabs on Twitter
https://twitter.com/ArponBasu/status/943354162414317569

Follow @AllHabs on Twitter

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