FINAL | Game 49, Home Game 27 | Thursday January 25, 2018 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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5-6

HURRICANES
Carolina

(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Deslauriers
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
De La Rose – Froese – L. Shaw

Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Benn – Jerabek

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Daniel Carr, Joe Morrow

Injuries

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

Game Report 

Remember when the word was that the Canadiens were going to catch the Bruins in January? Well, the All-Star break has arrived, with a thud. And Boston is 20 points ahead of the Habs, while the B’s have two games in hand.

The Canadiens ended January looking very much like the team we saw in October.

Montreal and Carolina have both struggled to score this season. The Hurricanes have a strong defense and awful goaltending. The Canadiens are a disaster on defence and have solid goaltending.

It was the perfect recipe for the game we witnessed tonight. Add to the mix that it was a meaningless game for the Habs. Players know that they will miss the playoffs and their eyes were on the break. Claude Julien said that too many of his players lacked preparation and focus. It showed, leading to a plethora of individual mistakes.

Here’s a little exercise. Ask a fellow fan who was to blame for the Habs loss? If Carey Price’s name comes up at all, you know, without any doubt, that they did not watch the game.

Despite the high score, the result could have been much, much worse. Price was superb especially in the first period when abandoned by his team. The Canadiens play in their own end was horrendous.

Carolina goals were due to bad defensive-zone coverage which led to tips, screens, second/third chances, breakaways, etc. The Canadiens defense struggled greatly but the forwards missed assignments as well. Charles Hudon, who had two goals, was partly responsible for the Hurricanes first and last goals. The Jonathan Drouin line, with Alex Galchenyuk and Nicolas Deslauriers, was a combined minus-9.

At the other end, Cam Ward was very leaky as he has been all season long. Once the Habs figured out that all they had to do was get pucks on net, it was game on. The goals were coming fast and furious.

While a Canadiens goal was being announced in the Bell Centre, the Hurricanes scored.. three times on the night! The two teams took just 2:51 to score five goals.

So the All-Star break is here. And the Canadiens fate couldn’t be clearer. But are Habs fans ready for a flurry of moves that fit Marc Bergevin’s vision?

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▲  Carey Price, Jeff Petry, Max Pacioretty

▼  David Schlemko, Byron Froese, Jakub Jerabek, Jordie Benn, Alex Galchenyuk, Jonathan Drouin, Nicolas Deslauriers, Victor Mete

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   HURRICANES
31 Shots 29
38% Face-offs 62%
1-for-3 Power Play 1-for-2
9 Penalty Minutes 11
26 Hits 15
53 Corsi For 61
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (20-23-6) 0 4 1 5
 Hurricanes (22-19-8) 2 3 1 6
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Hudon (5), Gallagher (18), Hudon (6), Petry (5), Pacioretty (16)
  • CAR: Teravainen (12), Staal (14), Skinner (15), Teravainen (13), Ryan (11), Williams (9)
  • MTL: Price (L) 14-17-4
  • CAR: Ward (W) 13-6-2
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Teuvo Teravainen  MTL
  2. Charles Hudon  MTL
  3. Noah Hanifin  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “You win as a team, you lose as a team, but I would expect our players to be ready to play a game and be focused. And some of them were, but a lot of them weren’t, and that’s what we have to get better at.”
  • “And you know what, pros have to be pros. We don’t babysit, we prepare guys. … They’ve got to be pros and be ready to play. That’s what good teams do.”
  • “[Charles Hudon] didn’t do the job he was supposed to do on [Justin William’s game-winning goal.] When there’s a goal scored, there’s a lot of things you can look at. Individually, there were mistakes here that, when one guy doesn’t do his job, it makes the other guys’ jobs a lot tougher.”

Charles Hudon

  • “I’m taking the blame on the last goal. That was my bad. I should have taken my guy and my guy scored. It’s just frustrating that we didn’t come out the same way we did against Colorado. We have to be more confident. I have to be more aware in the third period.”

Brendan Gallagher

  • “We just have to play better. We weren’t good enough in the first.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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1 COMMENT

  1. this team will go nowhere..they have a AHL type defense…Schlemko, Alzner, Morrow and Benn all need to go,,they are all 5-6 dmen and we don’t need 4 of them…Drouin.Chucky both need to be taught how to play defensively..this is just a very very bad team…

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