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Joshua Roy made lemonade

Joshua Roy made lemonade

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That's exactly what Joshua Roy did, who had his first game with more than one point in the NHL in the Canadiens' 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Center.

Although he was the third least used striker by Martin St-Louis, Beauceron was the best in his team with two assists.

Roy, along with Alex Newhook and Josh Anderson, made some clever passes, especially in the first half. Above all, he showed a lot of anger.

On the same sequence, in the first period, he took the puck out of the corner to deliver a perfect serve on the Newhook board alone in front of Ukko-Pekka Luukonen. The ball returned to the corner where Roy was still around and he made a second attempt to send it one-handed and it fell into the middle of the Sabers zone where Arber Xhekaj picked it up to fire a shot that hit the mark.

“I told myself it wasn't a bad idea to send him there and Shikaj was passing me,” explained Roy, who added an assist on Jayden Strobel's goal in the second half.

trust

Roy is clearly an NHL player and this inspired performance is encouraging. If he returns to Laval this season, it's because we want to help the Rockets in their race to the playoffs, but we're not really counting on it.

In his 11th NHL game, Roy is showing more than encouraging signs and it's no coincidence that he's starting to show his teeth more.

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“I'm playing with more confidence, I'm adapting to every game, things are going well, and I'm getting used to playing here.”

Martin St. Louis is impressed with the youngster's progress and admits he would have liked to have given him more ice time if not for the various penalties.

“What he did for us five-on-five was excellent. He was on the ice at the end of the game because he has good offensive touch.

Good enough

The Canadian gave up a one-goal lead twice in the game and it was mainly a matter of playing on special teams. Two goals in the second half made the difference.

Mike Matheson dropped that puck on the power play, but we'll get to that in a moment.

A few minutes ago, the Canadian found himself down a man when he found himself outnumbered in Cypress territory.

Joel Armia, who has good hands, wanted to play it cool by trying to pull off a high-risk trick. The puck was lost, the Sabers counterattacked and Jeff Skinner scored.

However, Martin St. Louis believes his team deserved a better result and he is not wrong.

“I think we played well enough to win this game. I'm happy with the game but disappointed with the result.”

Mathesons

Mike Matheson is certainly one of CH's best players this season, but he was inconsistent in this encounter.

In the first half, he was surprisingly strong and stole a goal from Jeff Skinner. In the second period, a Pointe Clair defender dropped the puck at the blue line on a power play that allowed Alex Tuch to recover.

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It was a simple mistake, but it was poorly timed as it allowed the Sabers to take a 2-1 lead.