Game 73, Home Game 36 | Tuesday March 21, 2017 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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RED WINGS
Detroit

(Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Radulov
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher
Lehkonen – Danault – Shaw
King – Ott – Mitchell

Markov – Weber
Emelin – Petry
Beaulieu – Benn

Goaltenders

Montoya
Price

Scratches

Brandon Davidson, Brian Flynn, Michael McCarron, Andreas Martinsen, Nikita Nesterov

Injured Reserve

Game Report

You know the formula. Canadiens play on the perimeter for the first two periods, bring offensive pressure in the third and score in the last five minutes in the game.

It has worked well to date with the Habs piling up overtime and shootout wins in the Claude Julien era. But not on this night.

The Canadiens have a favorable schedule, with games remaining against teams out of the playoffs with the exception of Ottawa. The Red Wings are next to last in the conference and, having played on Monday night, two points should have been there for the picking for Montreal.

But goals are still not coming easily whether 5-on-5, or with the man advantage. Currently, the Canadiens are on a 1-for-21 run on the power-play.

The trio of Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Alexander Radulov is not clicking right now. And the head coach was not hiding the fact that his talented centre is not playing well. “[Alex Galchenyuk] didn’t have a good game tonight. He’s going to tell you the same thing. It was a tough night for him,” said Claude Julien.

So with time winding down in the third period, Julien “split [the top line] up because there was nothing going on there. We needed a goal.” And Julien got his wish. Artturi Lehkonen capped off a superb effort tonight with the game-tying goal.

Post-game, the coach said that overnight, he would give some thought to his trios. It seems that the writing is on the wall that Galchenyuk will not be centering Pacioretty and Radulov on Thursday night against the Hurricanes. Expect changes at Wednesday’s practice.

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▲     Artturi Lehkonen, Alexei Emelin, Jeff Petry

▼     Alex Galchenyuk

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   RED WINGS
36 Shots 36
52% Face-offs 48%
0 for 3 Power Play 1 for 1
2 Penalty Minutes 6
32 Hits 25
 73 Corsi For  57
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (41-23-9) 0 0 1 0 1
 Red Wings (29-32-11) 1 0 0 1 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Lehkonen (13)
  • DET: Abdelkader (7), Mantha (15) 
  • MTL: Montoya (L) 8-6-4
  • DET: Howard (W) 8-8-1
 NHL Three Stars

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  1.  Jimmy Howard  DET
  2.  Al Montoya  MTL
  3.  Anthony Mantha  DET

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Claude Julien

  • “[Artturi Lehkonen] is a very smart player. Some young players figure it out quicker than others. He’s very trustworthy.”
  • “[Alex Galchenyuk] didn’t have a good game tonight. He’s going to tell you the same thing. It was a tough night for him.”
  • “At the end of the game I split [the top line: Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov] up because there was nothing going on there. We needed a goal. I have to get back to the drawing board tomorrow and see what I can do, whether I need to change things.”

Artturi Lehkonen

  • “There was a loose puck in our own end, and guys were just yelling ‘skate! skate! skate!’ so I told myself, ‘alright, I’ll skate this one in’. [Detroit was] making a change, so there was a lot of room in the neutral zone, and then when I got into their zone, I just tried to shoot it on the net and it was good that it went in.”

Max Pacioretty

  • “It was a great play by Lehky. He was able to get us a point, but we still would have liked to get the second one for Monty. That’s the way it went tonight, […] and now we’ll move on and try to get better.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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