Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Jonathan Drouin – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Brett Kulak
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Xavier Ouellet, Jake Evans
Michael Frolik, Michael McNiven, Otto Leskinen, Cole Caufield
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (lower-body), Erik Gustafsson (COVID protocol), Jon Merrill (COVID protocol)
This was a low occasion sport. The Canadiens had been significantly torpid not reacting effectively to a puck drop that was one hour sooner than typical. The beginning mirrored Wednesday’s sport the place Calgary owned a great deal of possession time and the Canadiens, significantly Phillip Danault, couldn’t win a faceoff.
However the second interval was extra evenly performed with the Canadiens being first to mild the aim lamp. After a scorching begin, Tyler Toffoli had cooled off with out a aim in his earlier six video games. However the return of Joel Armia has ignited the Nick Suzuki line, resulting in a two-goal night time for Toffoli.
It was Armia’s second sport again after a 3 and a half week absence as a consequence of testing optimistic for the coronavirus. Armia received his legs again underneath him on Wednesday however was 100 per cent for his effort on this sport. Additionally making his manner again into the lineup was Ben Chiarot who returned slightly greater than 4 weeks after fracturing his hand.
As Stephane Waite revealed the Canadiens play far more defensively with their backup in aim and tonight was no exception. Devoting extra of their focus to serving to Jake Allen defend left much less time for offence. The Canadiens managed simply 20 pictures over 60 minutes.
For Allen, it was the third win in his final 13 begins. Credit score to the Canadiens who performed a playoff sort sport which required endurance, a excessive compete stage and their high aim scorer to step up at exactly the best second.
Montreal is not going to have a sport day skate on Saturday. The Canadiens shut out their six sport homestand with a matinee sport towards the Ottawa Senators. Puck drop is at 4:00 pm. ET.
▲ Tyler Toffoli, Joel Armia, Nick Suzuki, Jake Allen
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Eric Staal, Phillip Danault
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