Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Benn – Petry
Alzner – Jerabek
Morrow – Schlemko
Jacob De La Rose
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Shea Weber – lower-body
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