FINAL | Game 52, Home Game 28 | Saturday February 3, 2018 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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5-2

DUCKS
Anaheim

(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Scherbak
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – L. Shaw

Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Morrow – Benn

Goaltenders

Niemi
Price

Scratches

Jacob De La Rose, Daniel Carr, Jakub Jerabek

Injuries

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

Game Report 

Blame it on the ‘D’!. We have heard that phrase a lot this season from Canadiens fans. Today, there’s no doubt that you can accurately lay the win at the feet of the Canadiens defence.

Four of Montreal’s five goals came from blueliners in this matinee at the Bell Centre. The Habs defence stepped up, with two goals from Jeff Petry, a Joe Morrow blast and David Schlemko’s first as a Canadien. Sitting near the bottom of the league all season in offensive contributions from the back end, this was a welcome surprise. 

It was also a banner day for the Habs power-play with a 43 percent success rate. The Ducks have a middle-of-the-road penalty-kill but let’s not take anything anyway from Montreal with the man advantage. Given the difficulty scoring goals at any strength, today’s output should help their confidence.

A nice story was Logan Shaw picking up his first goal in a Montreal jersey against his former team. More good news came in the person of recently recalled Nikita Scherbak. Not only did Scherbak notch his first NHL assist, he looked very dangerous in his paltry 10:41 of icetime.

If there was a negative in the on-ice performance, it was the Habs sitting on a lead in the third period. Ducks coach Randy Carlyle lamented that his team did not take advantage of the Canadiens saying, “The most disappointing part for me was our inability to mount more of a comeback. And they just sat back in the third and we played into their hands. We just allowed them to retrieve pucks ahead of us and we got frustrated.”

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▲  Alex Galchenyuk, Jeff Petry, Antti Niemi, Nikita Scherbak

▼  Claude Julien

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   DUCKS
29 Shots 45
43% Face-offs 57%
3-for-7 Power Play 1-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 24
21 Hits 39
54 Corsi For 90
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (21-25-6) 3 1 1 5
 Ducks (25-18-10) 0 2 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: L. Shaw (3), Morrow (4)-PPG, Schlemko (1), Petry (6)-PPG, Petry (7)-PPG
  • ANA: Perry (9)-PPG, Rakell (19)
  • MTL: Niemi (W) 2-5-1
  • ANA: Miller (L) 6-3-5, Berra
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Antti Niemi  MTL
  2. Jeff Petry  MTL
  3. Alex Galchenyuk  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “I think (Anaheim) came out ready to play, and they did have the puck for the first five minutes and they did have nine shots. And at the same time, we just needed to get the puck on our stick and start managing it. And when we did, we scored some goals.”

Jeff Petry

  • “We knew that they were going to come out and play a heavy game and I don’t think we were as sharp early on. As the game went on, we got better.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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