The Montreal Canadiens finally broke the ice on Saturday at the Bell Center, winning their first game of the 2021-2022 season, on his sixth attempt. Dominique Ducharme’s men defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-1.
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The crowd favorites have not scored two or more goals in a single game this season, but they quickly reversed that trend, having done so in less than a while.
Even if he allowed the first goal, only five minutes into the first confrontation, he did not let the Canadian down and create an equaliser, through Ben Chiarot.
Then Mike Hoffman took advantage of the strong play after only two minutes to provide a precise shot behind goalkeeper Thomas Grace. It was also the striker’s first goal with the Canadian, which was acquired during his last season. Respectively, defender Sami Nico earned his first point in a Blue Blanc Rouge outfit with an assist.
The Hab seemed to be feeding off the applause of the crowd at the end of the first engagement to start the second with the greatest self-confidence. They also added three goals in the second half.
Christian Dvorak rocked the ropes for the first time in his career with the Canadian jersey on his back, while Nico was once again a partner.
Then, Quebec Mathieu Perrault added his centi by making the light shine, also for the first time as a member of the Habs. The Drummondville native seemed to like him because he repeated it all, barely 2 minutes and 14 seconds later, chasing Grace at the same time. The latter only made 12 saves on 17 shots.
To get back to Perreault, the 33-year-old athlete shook the ground under Bell’s center in the third period, when he completed his hat-trick in an empty net, with more than six minutes remaining in the match, leaving the venue with a thunderous echo. Applause from the crowd.
Perrault also became the first Peel County Representative to achieve such a feat in Canadian uniform, at the Peel Center, since Vincent Dumbos in March 1998.
In front of CH nets, Jake Allen signed the victory, thanks to an evening of 26 saves. Dylan Larkin, thanks to the man advantage, is the only one who defeated Allen.
The Canadian will have a chance to build on that win on Tuesday when he is in Seattle to face the Kraken.
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