Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Brett Kulak – Joel Edmundson
Alexander Romanov – Erik Gustafsson
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Tomas Tatar, Michael Frolik, Charlie Lindgren
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Jon Merrill (undisclosed), Jake Evans (concussion), Jeff Petry (hand)
This sport was all in regards to the defence. And that shouldn’t be a shock. The Vegas Golden Knights, who completed on the prime of the league standings this common season, had been additionally the most effective defensive crew within the NHL. To their credit score, the Canadiens had an awesome begin to the sport, utilizing their velocity and powerful forecheck to place the Golden Knights on their heels.
Montreal performed with tempo, getting photographs to the online within the first 5 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury was producing a unending stream of rebounds however the Golden Knights defence stored the Habs from attending to the blue paint. Vegas’ defence then went to work contributing to the offence by controlling the impartial zone and serving to to get pucks behind the Canadiens ‘D’.
Vegas defenceman Shea Theodore scored the sport’s opening aim on the 9:15 mark of the primary interval following a weak impartial zone play by Erik Gustafsson. Three of the Golden Knights’ objectives got here from defencemen whereas on the similar time they had been defending properly.
From the center of the primary interval by the ultimate buzzer, the Golden Knights managed the this sport. The Canadiens didn’t file a excessive hazard scoring probability on Fleury within the last 40 minutes of the sport.
Value Retains it Shut
As soon as once more, Carey Value was excellent making miraculous saves on Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and others. Vegas dominated the Canadiens within the second interval however nonetheless had an opportunity within the third solely due to the spectacular play of Value.
With respect to the Canadiens defence, it was a really tough night time for Brett Kulak and Erik Gustafsson. That spelled hassle for Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot and Joel Edmundson. Chiarot performed too many minutes ending the night time at minus-3. Weber regarded to additional injure his ailing hand taking a stick from Ryan Reaves. Montreal is already lacking Jeff Petry who, when he returns, received’t be 100%.
The Golden Knights are the heaviest crew within the league. They punished the Canadiens all sport lengthy. The third line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Josh Anderson and Paul Byron couldn’t get on observe with Kotkaniemi spending many of the third body on the bench.
Cole Caufield scored his first aim of the playoffs on the power-play along with his household in attendance at T-Cell Area.
It’s key that the Canadiens get to the online and rating first in sport two. After not trailing for 447 minutes within the playoffs, the Canadiens regarded uncomfortable in enjoying from behind. The Canadiens will meet the Golden Knights for sport two in Las Vegas on Wednesday night time.
▲ Carey Value, Shea Weber, Corey Perry, Artturi Lehkonen, Cole Caufield
▼ Brett Kulak, Erik Gustafsson, Josh Anderson, Paul Byron, Ben Chiarot, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Phillip Danault
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Golden Knights: The Battle Begins | HABS GAME 1 PREVIEW