FINAL | Pre-season Game 4, Home Game 3 | Saturday September 22, 2018
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC.






Forward lines and defense pairings 

Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Byron – Plekanec – Scherbak
Shinkaruk – McCarron – Ward

Alzner – Petry
Mete – Juulsen
Reilly – Benn





Game Report 

Jonathan Drouin was hit in the mouth with a puck by Victor Mete during warm-ups. After repairs he was able to play. Drouin finished the game pointless. Mike Reilly was also blanked on the scoresheet and finished the game with a minus-1 rating.

Reilly and Drouin were tonight’s second and third stars of the game respectively. Well, it’s the pre-season for everyone.

The game’s first star was pointless as well. In fact, Jesperi Kotkaniemi ended the game without a shot on goal. But Kotkaniemi showed stretches of strong play and a little bad luck, hitting a crossbar and two posts.

With Max Domi on the shelf for the rest of the pre-season, Kotkaniemi slotted in between Jonathan Drouin and fellow countryman Joel Armia. And the 18-year-old didn’t look out of place at all. Despite the fact that they didn’t score, truth be told, the Kotkaniemi line had a lot more jump and a few more opportunities than with Domi at the helm.

With Domi serving his suspension and Nick Suzuki suffering a minor injury, the door was wide open for Kotkaniemi on Saturday night. And he more than answered the call.

Nikiita Scherbak scored his second goal of the pre-season in as many games. For a team looking to replace the offence of Pacioretty and Galchenyuk, Scherbak could be a contributor. He was a nice fit on a line with Tomas Plekanec (72 percent at the faceoff dot)  and Paul Byron (who also picked up a goal.)

After falling behind by two goals, the Canadiens struck quickly scoring three goals in 3:16 (at the end of the second period and beginning of the third) for the victory.


▲  Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Nikita Scherbak, Tomas Plekanec, Noah Juulsen

▼  Michael McCarron, Hunter Shinkaruk

32 Shots 18
54 Face-offs 46
0-for-4 Power Play 0-for-3
6 Penalty Minutes 8
24 Hits 18
  Corsi For  
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (3-1-0) 0 1 2 3
 Senators (0-4-0) 1 1 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Scherbak (2), Byron (1), Tatar (1)
  • OTT: Tkachuk (1), Ceci (1)
  • MTL: Price (W) 
  • OTT: Anderson (L) 
 NHL Three Stars

  1. Jesperi Kotkaniemi  MTL
  2. Mike Reilly  MTL
  3. Jonathan Drouin  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien


Jesperi Kotkaniemi

  • “Only thing I need to tell you, I hate those posts.”

Jonathan Drouin

  • “I love the wing, played there pretty much my whole life.”

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