Forward lines and defense pairings
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Lehkonen
Pacioretty – Danault – Hudon
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Carr – Froese – Shaw
Benn – Petry
Schlemko – Alzner
Morrow – Jerabek
Jacob De La Rose, Brett Lernout, Nicolas Deslauriers
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body
Game Report by Chris G
Contrary to the last two games, the Habs started off the game well and played a solid twenty minutes in the first period. It looked like Claude Julien’s new line combinations created opportunities as the Canadiens had scoring chances and put a lot of players in front of Panthers goalie, James Reimer. The Panthers had a couple of scoring chances especially during a power play but Carey Price was in a good form.
Connor Brickley opened the scoring four minutes into the second period as he blew one by Carey Price’s blocker side. It is a shot that the Habs goalie should have stopped in my opinion. Jordie Benn didn’t look good on that goal as he spun away from the puck on that play and Jeff Petry was in front of the net covering no one. Only real scoring chance in the period was Jonathan Drouin with a backhander after cutting to the net that was stopped by the Panthers goaltender.
The Panthers scored 8:11 into the third period as Jeff Petry took himself out of the play to apply a body check which led to a 2 on 1 and Vincent Trocheck was able to score.
The Canadiens were unable to generate any offence once again as they lose their fourth consecutive game on this road trip. They have scored a total of three goals during their losing streak. This was the 23rd time this season that they scored two goals or less in a game and the sixth time that they were shutout.
▲ Carey Price, Charles Hudon, Jakub Jerabek
▼ Jordie Benn, Karl Alzner, Jeff Petry