Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Danault – Radulov
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Byron
Flynn – Mitchell – Andrighetto
Carr – McCarron – Scherbak
Emelin – Weber
Beaulieu – Petry
Barberio – Johnston
Bobby Farnham, Chris Terry, Zach Redmond
Alex Galchenyuk (knee), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (ankle), Andrew Shaw (concussion), Andrei Markov (lower body)
Maybe it’s better not to take too much away from this game. There were defensive lapses from both teams, none of the three goaltenders were stellar and the game was generally played very sloppily.
The two goaltenders who finished the game, Al Montoya and Michael Hutchinson, each gave up four goals. Nathan Beaulieu’s play was a train wreck in the first period directly leading to the first two goals by Winnipeg. And there were dumb penalties taken by Phillip Danault and Torrey Mitchell.
But the Canadiens took advantage of a Winnipeg team who came out lifeless and flat-footed. Montreal skated freely using the neutral zone to attack the Jets with speed, particularly in the second period. Shots in the middle stanza were 10-3 for the Habs.
Artturi Lehkonen was the best player in white on this night. He continues to play a strong game at both ends of the ice, creates scoring chances and goes to the front of the net. Lehkonen had two goals and an assist tonight.
Sven Andrighetto looked like an NHL player tonight. He made a superb pass to Brian Flynn for the Canadiens second goal. And Andrighetto scored a big goal in the first minute of the second period.
Danault had a two-goal night with his second of the game being of the highlight reel variety. The Jets left Danault untouched as he went coast to coast.
Shea Weber had two assists and led the team with four blocked shots in 25 minutes of play. Weber and Alexei Emelin combined for a plus-6 rating.
The Canadiens will have to be better, much better in all areas of the ice when they play the Wild on Thursday night.
▲ Artturi Lehkonen, Sven Andrighetto, Phillip Danault, Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin
▼ Nathan Beaulieu, Ryan Johnston