Las Vegas – Because of playing with fire, we burn. The Montreal Canadiens learned it the hard way Thursday night, having conceded more than 50 shots in the second game in a row.
Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore took advantage of a blunder from Ben Chiarot in his area and hit the goal in overtime to inflict a 4-3 loss on the Canadian, Thursday night, in Las Vegas.
Samuel Montembolt made his second straight start after stopping 51 superb shots in a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He finished another busy night on the job with 49 assists.
This is the first time in its history that Canadians have allowed more than 50 shots in two consecutive matches.
“Tonight we took the lead 14 minutes ago to play and (the Golden Knights) took chances to attack because there was a sense of urgency. Sometimes we were confused, sometimes we were in control of the match. We tried to reduce the number of good scoring chances from the hole, and when that happened (Montempeault) made some great saves,” Canadiens First coach Dominique Ducharme said.
“So Samuel has been very solid and very good, but we still have work to do, that’s for sure,” he added.
And he’s going to have to continue, because after the meeting, Habs announced that goalkeeper Jake Allen had a lower body injury and that he would miss at least eight weeks of activities.
Michael Pezzetta, Tyler Toffoli and Mike Hoffman scored the Canadian goal (8-25-6), who was trying to sign a second straight win for the first time this season. It will be for another time.
Notably, Canadian Hockey Operations Chief Jeff Gorton, and new General Manager, Kent Hughes, joined the team in Las Vegas. They attended the match at the T-Mobile Arena.
Chandler Stephenson, William Carlson and Jonathan Marchesault smoothed out the score sheet in the Golden Knights (24-15-2), limiting a three-game losing streak.
The Canadian scored one goal in three strong matches, but conceded two goals in three chances in favor of the Golden Knights.
Robin Lehner surrendered three of the Golden Knights’ 27 total shots, first in the Pacific Division.
The more she changes, the more she becomes the same with Al-Kindi. A ridiculous mistake in the Canadian players’ defensive retreat led to the first goal of the match, Stevenson worked at 3:40 of the first period.
The Golden Knights kept pressing after that, but fortunately for the Canadian, Montembolt continued his impeccable work that started in the last game against the stars. Pezzetta then brought the two teams back to square one by jumping on a return throw from Artturi Lehkonen, in the final third of the engagement.
Then the two teams exchanged a goal for each of them in the power match in the second half.
Carlson reclaimed the lead for the first time for the hosts in the middle of the period, after taking advantage of a gap in the Montreal defence. Toffoli, once again, was responsible for the 2-2 equalizer after less than three minutes. The veteran, with his seventh goal in the campaign, seized the opportunity to reach the 20-point plateau in 2021-22.
Hoffman gave the Canadians the lead for the first time in the game by shooting a sharp one-timer from the confrontation circuit to the right of Linear in 6:15 of the last period. But Marchesault made the score 3-3 by vibrating the strings in numerical superiority, with less than 10 minutes on the clock.
Theodore takes advantage of Kiarot’s mistakes in overtime
Theodore finally sealed the match at 1:50 in overtime.
Canadian head coach Dominique Ducharme has not made any changes to his roster for the game against Nevada Club. As for the riders, forwards Mark Stone and Nick Haig missed the game after being exposed to the ice hockey’s COVID-19 protocol, while Max Pasuritti is still recovering from wrist surgery.
The Habs have been 1-2-2 since the start of this long seven-game run. Saturday night, he will continue to visit the Colorado Avalanche, first in the Western Conference.
Echoes locker room
Michael Pesetta has scored a second goal in many matches, but does not want to break his playing style to achieve success.
“I try to keep my feet on the ground and continue to work tirelessly, building on my strengths. I have to play hard, go into the net whenever possible – find myself in hard-to-reach places. That’s what will allow me to continue to be successful. That’s what I have to do.” And my recent results prove it.”
Samuel Montembault was visibly disappointed with the development of events, even if he said he was satisfied with his performance for several meetings.
“It’s definitely frustrating; I was hoping to win. It could have been our first winning streak of the season. We missed a good opportunity in overtime. Yes, I got a lot of pitches, but I think the guys in front of me did a better job of keeping pitches. (…) But the effort was there, and we have to continue like this.”
Defender Ben Shearoot has highlighted the excellent performance of Samuel Montemboldt, who has collected more than 100 total shots in his last two matches.
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