However, it is a surprise that the troops of Dominique Ducharme seemed to reserve for their supporters with less than three minutes to play in the meeting. The CH then led 2 to 1. Then, everything collapsed. Corey Perry came to haunt his former team with a goal typical of those he scored in the blue-white-red uniform in the most recent campaign.
Then, while everyone consoled themselves at the idea of seeing Montrealers amass the famous communist point, Ondrej Palat threw a cold shower in the Bell Center with 38 seconds to go. Result: the Habs lost 3 to 2 without collecting a single point in the standings. In terms of a slap in the face, it’s hard to beat. or worse.
As if that was not enough, the crowd, a little less sparse than usual, did not have the opportunity to boo copiously Nikita Kucherov to remind him of his condescending remarks towards him during the celebrations following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup final. Like Brayden Point, the Russian striker is sidelined with an injury.
Nick Suzuki, author of two points (1 goal and 1 assist), and his teammates played a meeting with an intensity that they have rarely seen in recent months. At times, it felt like they’d ripped a page out of Jon Cooper’s playbook. Zone exits and quick raises, the puck did not stay long on the stick of skaters dressed in red.
The Habs will therefore have played 57 good minutes. But as the cliché wants, to win, you have to give 60 good ones. Too bad, because for a rare time he looked like the team that reached the final, even though only eight players on the ice on July 7 were also in uniform on Tuesday.
They beat us in the final. We wanted to recover. I think we did a pretty good job the whole game. We generated a lot of chances to score. We had a victory at our fingertips, ”said Suzuki.
Unable To Buy A Goal
The Canadian could have held a thicker cushion late in the game if Artturi Lehkonen had been able to take advantage of two excellent scoring opportunities.
On the first attempt, he barely scratched the disc during a superb cross-over from Ben Chiarot. Then, in the third period, he escaped in front of Andrei Vasilevskiy. His shot had beaten the Russian, but the puck deflected onto the shaft of the goalie’s stick. One in a million chance.
Christian Dvorak left the game after only two appearances in the second period. At this time, the severity of his lower-body injury is unknown. What we do know, however, is that his name is added to Hab’s long list of cripples. With Joel Armia and Jeff Petry, who weren’t in uniform on Tuesday night, the count.
Finally The Good Time
The third time was finally the right one for Laurent Dauphin. The Repentignois played the first match in the uniform of the CH after two white reminders. The Rocket’s top scorer (11 goals) played a very honest game. Dominique Ducharme sent him into the fray for 15 min 9 s. He started the match with Cédric Paquette and Michael Pezzetta. The game of dominoes caused by the absence of Dvorak allowed him to tread the ice more with Cole Caufield and Mathieu Perreault.
Detour Via Laval For Norlinder
In the morning, the Canadian announced the dismissal of Mattias Norlander to Laval. This demotion surprised many since the popular belief was that he could only play in Montreal or Frolunda, the team that holds his rights in Sweden. In an exchange of emails, JP Barry, the defender’s agent, clarified that this clause was held until December 1. He added that he and his client were still considering the possibility of returning to Sweden.