MONTREAL – To extricate himself from the current bottom, the Canadian wanted to limit the opponent’s chances. However, against a powerhouse like the New York Rangers, you have to be close to perfection to win.
The visitors managed to win 4-1 at Bell Centre, even without playing a great game. Here are our notes on this return to Montreal after seven games on opposite rinks.
A few crucial minutes towards 7e direct loss
Midway through the second half, Martin St. Louis’ troops didn’t fare too bad against the Rangers, who were trailing 1-0. However, the Rangers revealed their superiority within a few minutes, escaping to victory.
While Jonathan Drouin had just arrived at the job, Gerard Gallant’s men showed that opportunism is essential in the NHL.
Within 59 seconds, Braden Schneider – as Jake Allen was upset by Vincent Trocheck – and Philip Chittle – with a shot that cleared Nick Suzuki – decided the match.
This sequence was eloquent, but Jake Evans’ luck ran out on a golden opportunity near Jaroslav Halak. In short, dominant and confident teams find ways to win. While it’s quite the opposite for CH, these days it suffered its seventh straight loss.
When the power game costs a target
As if things weren’t bad enough for the Canadian powerhouse to perform, the Rangers have reductively assumed control.
Chris Kreider took advantage of Juraj Slavkovsky’s inexperience to easily escape Allen’s vigilance detachment and deception.
The Slovakian’s rebounding throw to Arber Xhekaj was caught by Kreider who put up his 18the In the countryside.
Finally a first of its kind for Armia!
Very inconsistent this season, Joel Armia was still looking for his first goal.
Without wanting to be mean to anyone, it certainly wasn’t a good sign to find that the most menacing trio was Jake Evans, Evgeny Dadonov, and Jeremiah.
These three players have only picked up three goals this season, and we must say they deserve to score more than one goal in this match.
Their reward came in the closing minutes of the duel when Armia slipped the puck behind Halak. A huge relief as he played his 27th game of the calendar.
Throat shines back against lock up
Even by awarding Igor Shesterkin, their star goalkeeper, the Rangers almost enjoyed the shutdown. This means that in his last three games against the Canadiens, Halak has allowed only two small goals.
The 37-year-old no doubt enjoyed this humbling evening in front of his cage. Perhaps Dadunov, Jonathan Kovacevic and Josh Anderson were the other big threats.
A small consolation, but the Canadian has at least kept the Rangers from giving themselves too many chances to score.
On Saturday, the Canadian will attempt to enjoy his first regulation time gain in front of supporters since November 9th. It has now been ten games where the Montreal camp has failed at this task.
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