FINAL | Game 3, Home Game 1 | Thursday October 11, 2018
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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KINGS
Los Angeles

(Photo by Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Byron – Domi – Lehkonen
Hudon – Peca – Shaw

Mete – Petry
Reilly – Juulsen
Benn – Ouellet

Goaltenders

Price
Niemi

Scratches

Alzner, Scherbak, Plekanec

Injuries

Weber, Schlemko, De la Rose, Deslauriers

Game Report 

Tonight the new system looked a whole lot like the old system. Last season we got used to seeing the Canadiens outshoot their opponents but experience a great deal of difficulty scoring. Fire everything from the perimeter and be porous defensively.

That is exactly what Bell Centre fans were ‘treated’ to for the Canadiens home opener.

Kings goaltender Jack Campbell had a rather routine outing for his first NHL shutout. The Canadiens were not going to the dirty areas of the ice and got very little traffic in front of Campbell. Jonathan Drouin once again tried to put on a solo performance.

On the back end, Noah Juulsen was the only defender to have a solid game. Xavier Ouellet, Jordie Benn, Mike Reilly and Jeff Petry all struggled with the Kings bigger forwards. Carey Price was forced to bail out his crew throughout the game.

The Canadiens power-play failures proved to be the difference in the game with just two shots on goal to show for three consecutive opportunities towards the end of the second period.

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▲  Carey Price, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Noah Juulsen

▼  Jonathan Drouin, Matthew Peca, Xavier Ouellet, Jordie Benn, Mike Reilly, Jeff Petry, Phillip Danault

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   KINGS
40 Shots 29
38 Face-offs 62
0-for-4 Power Play 0-for-3
16 Penalty Minutes 8
36 Hits 24
73 Corsi For 41
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (1-1-1) 0 0 0 0
 Kings (2-1-1) 2 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: no scoring
  • LAK: Kempe (1), Amadio (1), Carter (1)
  • MTL: Price (L) 1-1-1
  • LAK: Campbell (W) 2-1-0
 NHL Three Stars

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  1. Jack Campbell  LAK
  2. Jeff Carter  LAK
  3. Noah Juulsen  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “We were rusty tonight.”

Andrew Shaw

  • “Well, there’s a lot of history here, but the 93’s, you know they had a great team. [Kirk Muller] has told us some stories about them. I think it was pretty cool for them tonight to have that, but nobody wants to celebrate 25 years of not winning.”

Max Domi

  • “We’ll learn from it and move forward. We’ll get back to work at practice tomorrow and get ready to go for Saturday night.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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