FINAL | Game 36, Away Game 17 | Saturday December 23, 2017 
Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB.





(Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)


Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Alzner – Petry
Benn – Schlemko
Morrow – Lernout 




Jacob De La Rose, Charles Hudon, Jakub Jerabek


Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body

Game Report

The Canadiens were not in this game from the drop of the puck.

It’s cliche to say that goaltending kept the Habs in it but that phrase did not apply on this night. While Antti Niemi made some solid saves, he did allow a weak goal to Connor McDavid who scored with a low shot from well out. And the feeling hung in the air, that Niemi was primed to allow the next one even when the Habs threatened.

Not that this game was about goaltending. Not at all. The team in front of Niemi could not handle the Oilers speed. From Jonathan Drouin to Joe Morrow, most Canadiens were guilty of turnovers and getting caught flatfooted by Edmonton forwards.

Was it a case of tired legs after playing the night before? Not likely. The Oilers were simply better in every aspect of the game but especially control of the neutral zone. Edmonton was able to generate speed in mid-ice and attack Habs defenders with the speedometer buried.

The Canadiens are now 25th in the NHL standings. They are six points out of the wild card positions currently occupied by the Rangers and Islanders. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Carolina are ahead of the Habs. Montreal’s next game will be in Carolina on Wednesday when they will face the Hurricanes.



▼    Joe Morrow

30 Shots 35
57% Face-offs 43%
1-for-2 Power Play 1-for-3
6 Penalty Minutes 4
34 Hits 33
62 Corsi For 69
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (16-15-4) 0 1 0 1
 Oilers (18-15-3) 2 1 1 4
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Shaw (9)-PPG
  • EDM: Strome (7), McDavid (14), Lucic (9)-PPG, Khaira (6)
  • MTL: Niemi (L) 2-2-0
  • EDM: Talbot (W) 14-10-1
 NHL Three Stars


  1. Leon Draisaitl  EDM
  2. Connor McDavid  EDM
  3. Nugent-Hopkins  EDM

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “We weren’t good enough in the first half of the game. We picked it up a bit in the second half. Obviously that goal gave us a bit of life, but we didn’t seem to find our legs or even our momentum in the first half.”
  • “We were chasing the game more than anything else, but when you play two games in less than 24 hours, you try to push yourselves as athletes and, as a coach, you’re trying to push, but tonight was a tough night.”

Brendan Gallagher

  • “We were playing a good hockey team and we made key mistakes at certain times of the game. We had our chances. Their goalie made some saves, it’s nothing to hang our head about, the effort.”

Max Pacioretty

  • “We had looks tonight, but instead of sustaining pressure when we had the chance, we were already backchecking before the puck was out of our zone. I don’t know if that was confidence or what, but we’ve got to find a way to put pucks in the net.”

David Schlemko

  • “We had a chance to come in here tonight and make it a great trip, and it’s too bad we didn’t do that.”

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  1. [via email]

    greetings friends,
    another tough one to take last night.
    thought maybe we would have some pay-back for the one in montreal a few days back.
    not the case.very disappointing.
    leadership my friends.leadership.
    in the absence of complimentary skill/talent;team work and leadership win you games.
    we need a little help in both areas.
    hope dear santa is watching over us,
    maybe he/she can help us out a bit,
    we gonna need it…
    merry christmas to all
    season’s greetings too
    may santa be on his way
    and please don’t forget our crew…
    happy new year,2018
    le petit bill4,

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