With their 7-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, the Montreal Canadiens pulled themselves to 12-10-4 under Martin St. Louis. That’s an 88-point cadence, all without Carrie Price, most of it without Jake Allen, and the list of injuries and absences doesn’t stop there. Most importantly, the team raised my live blog hosting duties record to 2-2.
I’m kidding, but my general view is that more than just respected in the poles of wins and losses, Canadians are happy again. Did they play a great defense against Jake Allen during the first 40 minutes last night? of course not. Even without Jack Hughes, the Devils were given plenty of excellent scoring opportunities through wasted coverage and poor turnovers, but starting the game strong and taking advantage of chances allowed the Canadians, as they have often done lately, to rely on Jake Allen. The fort.
The dynamic duo of the Canadians started things off, with Cole Caufield carrying the disc into the attacking area before passing it to Rem Petlake inside the poles, then leading the net. Coffield took both Devils defenders with him, opening a massive gaping hole for Bitlake to push the ball across the ice to Nick Suzuki, who was where he liked to shoot, and beat former Canadian goalkeeper Andrew Hammond.
Moments later, Corey Schueneman’s powerful pre-check sent the ball back to Jake Evans at this point, who decided to make himself the main man in the Canadiens powerplay with a shot-rocket in the top corner.
Deciding to stand out from the previous Habs and Habs game, Thomas Tatar set his 14th goal this year to come close to New Jersey as they dominated play while behind, but the Canadians set the tone for how the rest of the game went. . When the Devils start pushing too hard and end up hitting Allen, the Canadians hit back to keep things away.
A poor wide-angle shot from Doji Hamilton sent the puck into the corner in the Canadians’ area and up the boards to Suzuki. Once Coffield sees Hamilton miss, he knows the disc is going to Suzuki and Hamilton is stuck deep in the Canadians, so he’s shocked. Suzuki sends a lob pass from inside his own ball to Caufield in the Devils Polein to throw him to breakout, and Caufield scores a free-for-the-goal over Hammond’s pads and under his glove.
Like a shark smelling blood in the water, from the moment Coffield saw the opportunity develop, you could see that he would make the demons pay the price.
In the second period dominated by the Devils, Jake Allen was superb and maintained the middle frame for one goal between the two teams, with AJ Greer and Joel Armia scoring for each team, with Armia continuing to play strong in recent weeks.
But in the third period, the Canadians secured the bag. After seeing the Devils in possession of the disc for most of the match while the Canadians defended the lead, Habs went out for the third inning with a goal.
First Chris Wideman fired a BK Suban stick shot and through Hammond, taking the previous Hab into play, 15 seconds later Wideman caught Suban and Hamilton asleep as he found Christian Dvorak crossing the neutral zone of the D split and shot his home on the 10th , and chased Hammond out of the game.
Jesper Bratt finally solved Allen in a brilliant passing game started by Nico Hescher, but Kale Clague of all people got the third at right-back with a goal too weak for Nico Douz to let him in.
So, what do we know about the Montreal Canadiens?
We can’t rule out the fact that this shift happened when there was no more pressure being applied to make the playoffs, but to be honest, the playoffs were out of the picture a few weeks into the season. I don’t think the loss of leadership the Canadians have experienced this season can be overstated. Shea Weber was forced into informal retirement due to injuries. Carrie Price is discharged due to surgery to repair his knee, and is away from the team after entering the player assistance program. Joel Edmondson has lost nearly 75 percent of the season with a back injury. Corey Berry went to Tampa Bay Lightning. Philip Danau and the stability that gold provides.
From the start, this season has not been going in a good direction, and with much of the core of the team’s leadership sidelined, it appears Dominique Ducharme was unable to deal with the chaos that followed. What we know now is that there is no longer any chaos. The list is not good, although there are good pieces, but it is not a comma list now.
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Despite the fact that the list isn’t that good, and it’s far from a contender, it sure seems like everyone is enjoying coming to work right now. While I’m sure some are kicking and screaming that Canadians need to lose as many games as possible to have the best chance of drafting Shane Wright, what Canadians build now is more important than a few extra percentage points in the lottery for their first overall pick.
In sports, you control what you can control, and you cannot worry about what you cannot control. Canadians can’t control the lottery, but they can control what they’re trying to build here. They can maintain the confidence of their young players and build that confidence, they can build a culture of play for the crest on the front of their shirt. They can continue to allow young players to demonstrate their ability to contribute and veterans to prove they are out of action.
You’ll hear a lot of people say that these games are unimportant. In terms of results in ranking, this is true. But for the players who wear the jersey, they do. The fact that they didn’t get through the first half of the season is how things got out of hand. For now, they’re building an identity.