|FINAL | Game 57, Away Game 27 | Thursday February 15, 2018
Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ.
Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Hudon – Lehkonen
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Scherbak
Carr – De La Rose – L. Shaw
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Morrow – Benn
Byron Froese, Nicolas Deslauriers, Jakub Jerabek
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Phillip Danault – concussion, Andrew Shaw – lower-body
The Montreal Canadiens are, by far, the worst road team in the NHL this season. And they did everything in their power to live up to that dubious honour in this game.
Carey Price was under siege from the drop of the puck. If not for Price, the Coyotes would have been up by five or six by the end of the first period. Early in the game, Price was called on to make two outstanding saves on a 4-on-1 break by Arizona.
The Habs were awful in their own zone. Lazy turnovers, poor reads and being caught flat-footed led to numerous grade A scoring chances for the Coyotes. Too often it appeared that Habs were clearing lanes for the Yotes by abandoning assignments and occupying the same ice as teammates.
Credit Artturi Lehkonen, Daniel Carr and Brendan Gallagher for sparking a brief, third-period push back but it was short-lived. A holding-the-stick penalty by Max Pacioretty let the air out of the balloon and the game was over.
For the umpteenth time this season, the Canadiens turned an average goalie into being announced as a post-game star. Antti Raanta made 34 saves, but many of them could have been made in his sleep.
▲ Artturi Lehkonen, Carey Price, Daniel Carr, Jacob De La Rose, Jeff Petry, Brendan Gallagher
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Joe Morrow, Charles Hudon, Max Pacioretty, David Schlemko, penalty-kill
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