Montreal – Jake Allen As close as a goalkeeper can win a game on his own.
His 38 saves, including several very difficult moves during the first three periods, allowed him to go into overtime in a match that should never have been.
His posts supported him during the extension that didn’t make a master.
Once in the penalty shootout, the goalkeeper, in turn, stopped two of the three wingers’ shots. On the other side, Cole Caufield And the Nick Suzuki They replaced a rare difficult performance since the start of the season by scoring the goals needed to propel the Habs to a 3-2 victory.
Mike Hoffman And the Brendan Gallagher They also played their part by combining their efforts to score two goals in the first half. Hoffman pushed the ball past Phil Hoso with two good shots from Gallagher that the goalkeeper could not control. Shots that became perfect passes were given to Hoffman who was able to bring out his key quality.
These two stolen Detroit spots make you smile. It is also undoubtedly good for morale.
But Martin St. Louis will have to make sure his players understand that they have added these two points to their record despite a very poor performance on Tuesday night in Detroit.
The Canadian It was nothing short of awful in its area. As much as he was trying to get the disc out of his area as it was when he was running after him to get it back…or at least he tried to get it back.
Missing covers, one-on-one fights, and two missed pucks, inconsistent decision making should have sent the Canadian into the sinking. Jonathan Drouin and Evgeny Dadonov were the Canadians’ worst strikers in this comedy of defensive blunders. She was ugly. Too hideous. At times, it was pathetic as these two players gave the impression that they were doing it on purpose to put their club in more trouble than it already was.
Speaking of pity, we had to get a big dose of it for poor Sean Monahan whom Martin St. Louis has given the mandate to revive Darwin and Dadonov on his side. It is difficult for any center, if not impossible, to re-shoot the balls clinging to his feet as the two veteran wingers were from the beginning of the match to the end.
Despite it all, Allen made the difference.
The wingers also helped the Canadian goalkeeper by wasting the goal a lot – 16 times – wasting golden opportunities on shots on the slots.
Referees too severe or lack of discipline from CH?
Many of Allen’s big saves and his wasted chances for the wings came on the hard drives – he didn’t score on the wings despite 12 shots being offered to the host club. Or the penalties given to the club from Montreal depending on your angle of analysis.
By the way: Were the referees too harsh on the Canadians or are the Canadian players once again guilty of lack of discipline?
A little of both.
The first three minor penalties awarded to Arber Xhekaj, Jordan Harris and Kaiden Guhle were justified. And if the young defenders of the Canadians were caught, it was because they were full of sledges after spending a lot of time in the defensive zone trying to control an opponent who was too comfortable in the enemy zone due to the moribund work of the attackers.
The penalty kick given to Dylan Larkin was a bit generous. But it was in the rules.
True, Larkin was able to complete his feint in front of Jake Allen despite a beating from Kirby Dash who slipped back after Jonathan Drouin lost his puck in the blue wing line during the Canadian’s only five-man attack.
But the referee had the right to rule that the slash prevented the Wings captain from taking complete control of the disc.
Larkin missed his penalty kick. He also missed his chance in the penalty shootout at the end of the match. Like what, perhaps the hockey gods ruled that the rulers applied the rules too literally.
The referees exaggerated the small penalty awarded to David Savard at the end of the middle half.
In a bad situation, the judges saw Savard’s wand close to Michael Rasmussen’s skis, but the replay clearly showed that Savard had nothing to do with the fall of the central wing.
Savard, like all Canadian defenders, had to fight back against the Wings attackers and two of his side on Tuesday night. He stretched the rubber band to the limit on Tuesday night. No wonder he lost control and attacked the referees by withdrawing to the locker room after the second half.
But the veteran undoubtedly deserved the 10 minutes for misconduct he spent in the penalty area at the start of the third half.
As Juraj Slafkovsky deserved his big penalty kick for his dangerous back check that sent Matt Luff head-on into the plates.
Slafkovsky will also deserve the ban the league decides to impose: a match? who are they? three? Make your choice.
With Tuesday’s game approaching, the Canadians were turning 26e In the NHL for Discipline – or 7e In the NHL for lack of discipline if you will – with a 150-minute penalty under his belt. wake up this morning 32e – or counts that first – with 185 minutes spent in prison.
The referees may be too harsh with David Savard and certainly not strong enough on the wings on Tuesday, but it certainly isn’t the officials’ fault that Tricolor is the most gangster club in the league at the moment…
However, ironically, the Canadians defended much better in the four-on-five zone than five-on-five in Tuesday’s game.
Perhaps because the Habs players who helped the opponent more than their team at five-for-five were off the bench during those many kills.
No doubt even!
Good news for the Canadian in tonight’s game, the Canucks team passing through the Bell Center is 31 years olde In the NHL for lack of discipline.
This should open the door to a special tag team duel in the Canadian Canucks’ first game of the season.
Mailloux should have the green light from Bettman
The biggest news about Canadians came from Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
While at the Jets’ home on a courtesy call, Garry Bettman answered questions from his Winnipeg teammates before the game as the Jets eventually won 5-1 at the expense of the Dallas Stars.
There was, of course, Mitchell Miller, who was denied entry to the NHL by the commissioner after the Bruins decided to sign him to a contract.
Batman, at least for now, does not want this player accused of bullying and racism. He doesn’t want more Logan Mailo, the defender the Canadians offered him a contract at the end of their last training camp.
The Canadians’ first choice two years ago, Mallo returned to the junior ranks. It won’t knock on the NHL’s door until next year. But before he knocks on the door to the Canadian locker room, he has to knock on the door to the commissioner’s office. Because it was out of the question for Milo to endorse a Canadian shirt before he got the right to do so from Gary Bateman.
“We treat the files of Mitchell Miller and Logan Mailo in exactly the same way. The youngster and the Canadian will have to convince us that it is possible to grant access to the league to this player despite the actions he has been accused of in the past,” and that Gary Buttman and his right arm Bill Daly repeated several times. times.
In Detroit on Tuesday evening, Canadian President Jeff Gorton told his colleague Simon-Olivier Lorang that Journalism That he has been aware of this position of the NHL for a long time and that Canadians will respect it.
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