Game 23, Away Game 9 | Tuesday November 29, 2016 
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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1-2

DUCKS
Anaheim

(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Byron – Galchenyuk – Radulov
Pacioretty – Plekanec – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Desharnais – Shaw
Carr – Mitchell – Danault

Emelin – Weber
Markov – Petry
Barberio – Pateryn

Goaltenders

Price
Montoya

Scratches

Chris Terry, Zach Redmond

Injured Reserve

Brian Flynn (upper body), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body)

Game Report

The Canadiens came out flying. Three minutes into the game, shots were 7-0 for the visitors. 

Indeed. The Canadiens used their speed effectively to press Anaheim’s defence. But as I tweeted at the time, it was going to be difficult for the Habs to maintain the pace.

That statement turned out to be absolutely correct.  It was crucial then for the Canadiens to capitalize on their chances while they had the momentum. Despite getting 17 shots on goal in the first period (35 shot attempts), Montreal came up empty.

They missed an opportunity to dictate the style of play for the opposition, dent the confidence of a young goaltender playing in a big game and take the crowd out of the contest.

Not unexpectedly, the Ducks pushed back towards the end of the first period and throughout the second taking control of the game. Carey Price was the only player holding the Canadiens in the game. A power-play goal and a shot that deflected off Alex Galchenyuk’s stick were the only pucks to beat Price.

The Habs shot total by the end of the night was impressive. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson had a strong game with 39 saves. But low quality shots, losing puck battles and ineffective pursuit of rebounds was a problem particularly in the third period.

With the last change Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle did a masterful job of ensuring Alex Galchenyuk saw a steady diet of Ryan Kesler and company. Alexander Radulov did his best contributing six shots on goal but Galchenyuk and Paul Byron had just one shot between them. It’s time to see what Artturi Lehkonen can do on the top line.

The third defence pairing has been a weak spot for most of the season but Greg Pateryn and Mark Barberio held their own in 15 minutes of play against the big Anaheim forwards. Not great, but good. Alexei Emelin had another strong game with five shots on goal and four hits.

The Canadiens third line is in serious need of talent (perhaps in the form of Mike McCarron) and some discipline. What happened to the character player that Marc Bergevin committed to for six years at the tidy sum of $23.4 million? Stan Bowman is again looking like a genius offloading Andrew Shaw and picking up outstanding prospects Alex DeBrincat and Chad Krys.

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▲     Carey Price, Alexei Emelin, Alexander Radulov, Greg Pateryn, Artturi Lehkonen

▼     David Desharnais, Andrew Shaw

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   HURRICANES
40 Shots 38
47% Face-offs 53%
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 4
23 Penalty Minutes 13
15 Hits 23
74 Corsi For 62
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (16-5-2) 0 0 1 1
 Ducks (11-8-4) 1 1 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Shaw (5)
  • ANA: Rakell (9), Fowler (7)
  • MTL: Price (L) 13-2-1
  • ANA: Gibson (W) 
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1.  John Gibson  ANA
  2.  Ryan Kesler  ANA
  3. Jakob Silfverberg  ANA

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Michel Therrien

  • “Both goaltenders were excellent. We had many scoring chances. We lacked some finish around their net. There are nights like that.”

Jeff Petry

  • “We started the game like we wanted to and then we kind of got away from it in the second and we opened ourselves up and gave up too many shots. We had a good effort in the third, but we were fighting from behind. We have to learn from this. We can’t take a period off. We have to play that way for the full 60.”
  • “There are no negotiations or anything like that. Everyone has to buy in and continue to put in the effort all the way through.”

Carey Price

  • “It’s never fun to lose. Looking back on it, there’s always things you wish you would have done differently to change the outcome.”
  • “I just think we had to keep our feet moving, making it hard for them to contain our speed. If we have puck support and we keep moving our feet, we make it difficult on teams. That’s kind of our forte. We have to get back to that.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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