FINAL | Game 57, Away Game 27 | Thursday February 15, 2018 
Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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2-5

COYOTES
Arizona

(Photo by Ross D. Franklin / AP)

Lineup

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

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Byron Froese, Nicolas Deslauriers, Jakub Jerabek

Injuries

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

Game Report 

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.

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▲  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

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   COYOTES
36 Shots 21
51% Face-offs 49%
1-for-3 Power Play 2-for-2
6 Penalty Minutes 8
19 Hits 31
85 Corsi For 44
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (22-28-7) 0 0 2 2
 Coyotes (16-32-10) 1 2 2 5
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Gallagher (21)-PPG, Carr (4)
  • ARI: Keller (17)-PPG, Perlini (15),  Perlini (16), Rieder (8)-PPG, Archibald (4)
  • MTL: Price (L) 15-21-5
  • ARI: Raanta (W) 11-14-6
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Clayton Keller  ARI
  2. Brendan Perlini  ARI
  3. Antti Raanta  ARI

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

Brendan Gallagher

  • “We’ve been through a lot this year and obviously we haven’t got the results we wanted. These guys aren’t going to give up. We’re going to continue to work for each other.”
  • “You can’t dig yourself into a hole — especially on the road — and that hurt us tonight.”

Daniel Carr

  • “We’ve just got to find the answer in here. We’ve got to be pros about everything. That’s how we’re going to get through this.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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