Corey Perry’s previous ban in the match tied 20 seconds before the end of the third period, As he did during Lightning’s visit to the Bell Center on December 7. Brayden Point, who was on his way back, had a third point on the streak.
In overtime, Ondrej Palat put the finishing touches to allow his team to win with their fourth straight win.
The difference between winning and losing is not that big in this league, Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme recalled, visibly disappointed with the end result.
It’s the little things that make the difference, that make you successful.
The Montreal team has been deprived of many of its best elements, according to the COVID protocol, Like Jake Allen, Ben Chiarot and Jeff Petry.
To make up for these losses, he called up Canadian Corey Schuenemann and Raphael Harvey Benard, who played the first game of their career in the National Hockey League (NHL). They celebrated by collecting a point each, when Scheunemann earned an assist in the goal by Harvey Benard.
If COVID-19 interfered with Montreal’s training, the same is true for Lightning, particularly in front of the grid. The Stanley Cup champion was denied two goals and they switched to Quebec goalkeeper Maxime Lagasse.
Repel 27 rounds to achieve victory. At the other end of the ice, Samuel Montembault rejected 32 shots in his first match since November 26, 2021. He distinguished himself several times, particularly during the four-minute strong play he gave the opponent. At the end of the second half.
He admitted his frustration after the clash.
They did this to us twice. The other time, she was at the Bell Center. It’s frustrating because during the season, when the matches were so close, we often struggled in the third half. There, on the contrary, we had an excellent third period. This painful. We wanted victory.
With our situation, we have players who find themselves in a position where they are presented with an opportunity., Ducharme underline.
The youth came out lively.
They also took their chance. All four of the Canadians’ goals have been scored by the new scorers this season.
It was Bleu-blanc-rouge who opened the scoring first through another recently called player, Lukas Vejdemo. This was his first goal of the season, and his second since March 10, 2020.
However, Point immediately responded with two goals in less than three minutes to allow the locals to return to the locker room with a 2-1 lead.
Harvey Benard quickly tied the match early in the second half, redirecting the delivery from Sami Nico behind Lagacé. Scheunemann also received assistance in the match.
The Habs thought they reclaimed the lead soon afterwards thanks to Brendan Gallagher, who returned after a month of absence. However, his goal was denied as officials decided that player 11 had contacted Lagacé, preventing the goalkeeper from doing his job.
Ducharme appealed the decision, but to no avail, and his team was fined for delaying the match. Then lightning struck on a force play through Ross Colton.
« the [Gallagher] He was clearly pushed towards the goalkeeper. Sure enough, if the number 11 wasn’t behind his back, it’s probably a target. »
In the third inning, Kale Clague, in turn, scored his first goal in the NHL by defeating Lagacé with an accurate shot while backing the attack. Cole Caufield got help in the line.
Then, David Savard hit the goal for the first time in Montreal’s uniform, less than seven minutes before the end of the match. The Quebec defender intercepted a disc at the blue line before beating Lagacé with a fine shot.
The Canadian was in great shape for a second straight win for the first time this season…until Perry decided otherwise. He recovered a free puck ball in front of Montembolt’s net to force her to hold an extra period.
Bales closed the debate into overtime, after chaos in the Canadians’ defensive zone.
The hosts were also denied strikers Anthony Cirelli and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and defenders Mikhail Sergechev and Andre Sester. Behind the bench, assistant coach Derek Lalonde served as captain to replace coach John Cooper, who has also been affected by COVID-19.
Great moment by Harvey Benard
Harvey-Pinard became the first Quebec player to score in his first NHL game for the Canadiens since Jonathan Ferland in 2006.
He played to the left of Ryan Boehling and Cole Caufield. Selected for the seventh-round pick in 2019, 201 overall, Harvey Benard has scored five goals and nine assists in 24 games with the Laval Rocket in the NHL this season.
Certainly the circumstances are special with Covid and the infected, but I don’t see it that way, said the 22-year-old from Jonquière before the match.
What surprised me was the speed of the match, and the time to make decisions. It runs quickly. Men are strong. The match never ended. We saw that with a bad jump at the end. This is what I remember from the meeting.
For his part, Scheunemann was never drafted into the NHL and made his debut at the age of 26.
It’s been a long journey, sometimes difficult, sometimes frustrating, but I never stopped working, said the man who collected two goals and five assists in 19 games with the Rocket this season.
In addition, it awarded Laval Rocket a professional test contract to dispatch Devante Smith-Pelly on Tuesday. The 29-year-old right winger defended the Habs colors during part of the 2014-2015 season, as well as the following.
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