FINAL | Game 60, Home Game 31 | Thursday February 22, 2018 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.




New York

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


Forward lines and defense pairings 

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

Mete – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Morrow – Benn




Jacob De La Rose, David Schlemko, Daniel Carr


Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Andrew Shaw – lower-body, Carey Price – concussion

Game Report 

The Montreal Canadiens are a shadow of themselves missing their two elite players and team leaders in Carey Price and Shea Weber. But don’t blame the Rangers if they aren’t very sympathetic.

The Blueshirts have some of their top players sidelined with injury in Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk. Their franchise player, Henrik Lundqvist had the night off, playing the backup role. Rick Nash and Michael Grabner sat in the press box awaiting their new destination. (Grabner was traded to the New Jersey Devils post-game.)

That opened the door giving opportunities to youth. Two players, Noah Juulsen and Alexandar Georgiev made their NHL debuts. And neither one disappointed.

After an excellent season with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, Georgiev got his first taste of NHL action at none other than the Bell Centre. Georgiev allowed two goals on 40 shots which has to be considered a positive performance despite the loss. The 22-year-old faced 32 shots by the Habs in the first 40 minutes.

Noah Juulsen has been one of the forgotten prospects by many Canadiens fans. When Juulsen made his pro debut last Spring during the St. John’s IceCaps playoff series, I felt confident enough to make the prediction that he would be in the NHL sometime this season.

Juulsen was very impressive at Habs training camp. Truth be told, he was well ahead of Victor Mete. But luck was not on Juulsen’s side suffering a fractured foot in the Canadiens first pre-season game in Quebec City. 

Despite a delayed start to his season, Juulsen made steady progress in Laval. While not flashy, Juulsen formed a reliable defensive pair with Tom Parisi. Juulsen is very smart, a smooth skater, can be physical and has poise on the ice.

For his debut, Juulsen was placed on the second-pair with Karl Alzner. Playing his 600th consecutive game (fourth longest active streak) Alzner provided a veteran presence and communication that eased the transition. Juulsen responded with a solid game, recording two shots, four hits and a plus-2 rating in more than 17 minutes of icetime.

But the youngsters didn’t steal all the spotlight of this game. Tomas Plekanec had a goal, an assist and was 67 per cent at the faceoff dot. Jeff Petry scored again, his sixth goal in the last 13 games. With his 29th point of the season, Petry set a career high.

This was the first of a four-game homestand for the Canadiens. The Tampa Bay Lightning will visit the Bell Centre on Saturday. 


▲  Tomas Plekanec, Jeff Petry, Noah Juulsen, Karl Alzner, Charles Hudon

▼  Jonathan Drouin, Joe Morrow, Jordie Benn, Paul Byron

41 Shots 32
49% Face-offs 51%
0-for-5 Power Play 1-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 10
28 Hits 24
75 Corsi For 63
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (23-29-8) 1 1 1 3
 Rangers (27-29-5) 0 0 1 1
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Plekanec (6), Petry (10), Danault (8)-EN
  • NYR: Hayes (15)-PPG
  • MTL: Niemi (W) 3-6-1
  • NYR: Gordiev (L) 0-1-0
 NHL Three Stars

  1. Charles Hudon  MTL
  2. Brendan Gallagher  MTL
  3. Antti Niemi  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “An excellent game. [Noah Juulsen] played quite the game for someone playing in his first NHL game. He was very solid in all aspects of his game. He was aggressive […] he played with a lot of confidence, he was solid in his battles on the boards, he made good passes and he was very confident with the puck. Everything we wanted to see from him, he did well tonight.”
  • “Juulsen is here because he had an injury early in the season that kept him out for a while and we wanted to give him time to get his game back. We probably would have here earlier if he had not been injured at training camp. This is to say how we saw this player. And if we had been in the middle of a battle for a playoff spot, I do not think we would have hesitated to call him back. That said, we give a chance to play our players because we feel they are close or even ready to play for this team.”

Noah Juulsen

  • “I was obviously nervous going into the game, but the guys helped me through that. I think it showed in my play.”
  • “[Karl Alzner] was talking to me all night. He just helped me get through the game. He was great with me.”

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