FINAL (OT) | Game 30, Home Game 17 | Thursday December 7, 2017 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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2-3

FLAMES
Calgary

(Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Galchenyuk – De La Rose – Byron
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr

Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Jerabek – Schlemko 

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Victor Mete, Joe Morrow

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Nikita Scherbak – knee,  Al Montoya – concussion, Artturi Lehkonen – lower-body, Jonathan Drouin – flu

Game Report

Ripe for the picking. That was the way many described the visitors on Thursday night.

The Flames were on the back half of games on consecutive nights having taken the Leafs to a shootout before losing 2-1 on Wednesday night. Calgary was going with David Rittich in goal, making his second start of the season. Those starts added to a relief appearance and one start last season comprise Rittich’s complete NHL resume.

And then there is the intimidation factor of the venerable Bell Centre for visiting teams. The so-called most knowledgable fans in the game seated below all of those Stanley Cup banners should make this a very difficult place to play a road game.  

So why didn’t the game play out according to script?

Simply, the Flames outworked the Canadiens. Calgary was better on the boards, they were first to more pucks and they drove to the net. For the most part, the Flames were able to impose their will in the Canadiens zone.

But the Flames aren’t the Blues. The Canadiens are also a middle of the road team. So Montreal had its moments and were able to stay in the game when occasionally straying from their perimeter attack.

Max Pacioretty and Daniel Carr were the few Canadiens who were willing to regularly take the play down low. With Jonathan Drouin on the shelf and Alex Galchenyuk tethered to the bench, the Canadiens offence did not generate enough quality scoring chances despite Ridditch giving up a steady stream of rebounds.

The game energy came in spurts. With an inconsistent performance from both teams, this game felt like a match between two non-playoff squads.

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▲    Daniel Carr, Carey Price, Max Pacioretty

▼    Alex Galchenyuk, Phillip Danault, Jakub Jerabek

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   FLAMES
37 Shots 37
43% Face-offs 57%
0-for-1 Power Play 0-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 2
22 Hits 34
73 Corsi For 76
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (13-13-4) 1 1 0 0 2
 Flames (15-12-2) 1 0 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Carr (2), Danault (5)
  • CGY: Monahan (16), Hathaway (1), Monahan (17)
  • MTL: Price (L) 8-8-2
  • CGY: Rittich (W) 2-1-0
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Sean Monahan  CGY
  2. Daniel Carr  MTL
  3. Micheal Ferland  CGY

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “A player has to do more than score goals – that’s for everybody. In a tie game, [Alex Galchenyuk] wasn’t very good tonight along the boards so that’s the decision I took (to bench him).”

Max Pacioretty

  • “It could’ve gone either way. If we find a way to score in overtime or the shootout, we’re feeling great about ourselves. We can’t let that break the good stuff we’ve been doing. We’ve been playing very well as of late and we have to keep going that way.”
  • “[Daniel Carr] is flying out there. He’s playing great, he’s making plays, he’s playing with composure. Hopefully, he keeps making us look bad and stays at that point-per-game clip. Guys like joking around with him about that, but he’s been playing awesome and he’s helped us a lot.”

Charles Hudon

  • “I’ve known [Daniel Carr] since Hamilton, we played on the same line. He would always do that. A good goal for the team, a good goal for him. He works so hard, he works to get the puck pretty much anywhere on the ice, so it’s just positives.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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  • [via email]

    greetings of the season,
    to all the allhabs personalities/contibuteurs:
    thank you for all your dedication,time and efforts.
    a christmas wish from santa?
    i have one,
    i wish for the return of: pernel-karl,andrei markov,radulov et companie…
    wishful wishing,but it keeps me going thru the discouragement of it all…
    ps,
    sure wish santa puts a stop/pause button on our g.m.,pretending to be santa,
    giving away our gifts to the rest of the league…
    happy holidays,
    joyeuses fetes,
    bonne annee 2018,
    portez-vous tous et tout tres bien,
    le petit bill4,

  • [via email]

    greetings,my friends
    tough one again last night,
    tie is a tie,is okay in my books.
    this overtime stuff is not for me,
    not real hockey,?
    3 on 3,
    4 on 4,
    its seems like a gimmick.
    its a track meet on ice…
    no checking,physical play,etc.
    (the nhl is doing very well at eliminating bodycheching and physical play out of the game.)
    save the overtime for the playoffs,5 on 5 the way it was intended/scripted to be…
    the season is long enough…
    in the older days, the tie was okay.
    both teams left the ice at the end of the 3rd period usually feeling good about the game.(especially the 2 goalies).
    the team that had the lead felt good knowing they played well enough to win.
    the team that was behind felt good knowing they were able to battle back and tie it up and show good character.
    at the end of the day,both teams felt “justly rewarded” and “fairly consequenced” with 1 point each.
    anyhow,
    just a few thoughts on the matter,
    ps,the play by play person with the flames on radio is a super person.
    derrick wills.he was the radio person for our hamilton bulldogs for years before he took over from the legendary peter maahr in calgary.he was there with paciorety,price,subban,desharnais,gallagher,halak,etc.when they were still on the farm team in hamilton.guy boucher and julien brisebois were in charge of the bulldogs back then too.had some great seasons.he would be a great person to have as a guest on one of our broadcasts.a living history lesson.
    anyhow,
    i said too much,again
    take good care
    bye for now
    le petitbill4,
    dino,