Canadiens Weekly – January 24-30

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, today we will take a look at Week 3 of the Montreal Canadiens season

Here we go…

January 28, 2021 – Calgary Flames

For the Canadiens first home game of the season and the first home game in nearly a year, the Montreal Canadiens take on the Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames Projected Lines and Defenceman

Matthew TkachukElias LindholmAndrew Mangiapane
Milan LucicSean MonahanDominik Simon
Sam BennettMikael BacklundJosh Leivo
Milan LucicDerek RyanJoakim Nordstrom
Mark GiordanoRasmus Andersson
Noah HanfinChristopher Tanev
Juuso ValimakiNikita Nesterov
David Rittich
Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: None

Injured: Dillon Dube (lower body)

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines and Defenceman

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinNick SuzukiJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliJesperi KotkaniemiCorey Perry
Paul ByronJake EvansArtturi Lehkonen
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Joel EdmundsonJeff Petry
Brett KulakAlexander Romanov
Carey Price
Jake Allen

Scratched: Victor Mete

Injured: Joel Armia (concussion)

1st Period

A slow start to the first period for their first game since Saturday night, Montreal gets a power play at 8:13 when Calgary’s Juuso Valimaki is called for Holding. Montreal gets on the board with a power play goal by Brendan Gallagher, his third on the season. Assists on the goal come from Corey Perry, his first, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, his third. Time of the Gallagher goal is 10:07. Montreal scores again with a power play goal by Shea Weber, his second goal of the season, at 15:39 in the period due to a Hooking penalty by Calgary’s Elias Lindholm at 14:30. The first period will come to a close as the Montreal Canadiens lead the Calgary Flames 2-0.

CGY PenaltyJusso ValimakiforHolding2 min minor08:13
MTL PPGBrendan Gallagher (3)Assisted ByCorey Perry (1)Jesperi Kotkaniemi (3)10:03
CGY PenaltyElias LindholmforHooking2 min minor14:30
MTL PPGShea Weber (2)Assisted byJeff Petry (6)Jonathan Drouin (6)15:39

1st Period Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs5 for 105 for 10
Power Play0 for 02 for 2
Shots98
Hits125

2nd Period

At 8:22 in the period, Josh Anderson will score his a goal, his first goal on Montreal home ice. The Anderson goal is his fourth on the season. Most of the period after the Anderson goal is a lot of puck possession battles and shots between both teams. Montreal will go on the first penalty kill when Paul Byron is shown the box for Interference with 1:20 remaining in the period. The Canadiens Tyler Toffoli will score a shorthanded goal, his sixth goal on the season at 19:35 and at 19:54, Calgary is shown the penalty box at 19:54 with a Milan Lucic Roughing call. The third period will begin with 40 seconds of 4-on-4 play, followed by a Canadiens power play of 1:16

MTL GoalJosh Anderson (4)Assisted by08:22
MTL PenaltyPaul ByronforInterference2 min penalty18:40
MTL SH GoalTyler Toffoli (6)Assisted byNick Suzuki (5)19:35
CGY PenaltyMilan LucicForRoughing2 min penalty19:54

2nd Period Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs16 for 3620 of 36
Power Play0 for 12 for 3
Shots1619
Hits2311

3rd Period

The abbreviated power play comes to an end with no goal scored. Montreal heads to the box for the second time in the contest when Alexander Romanov heads to the box on a Playing Without a Helmet call at 2:33. Montreal’s Ben Chiarot gets called for a high-sticking penalty followed by a fighting penalty with Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk at 10:19. The minor penalty for high-sticking is served by Corey Perry. At 15:44, matching minor penalties are given to Montreal’s Jack Evans and Calgary’s Rasmus Anderson for Roughing. Calgary’s Sam Bennett scores his first goal of the season at 18:42 and the goal is challenged by Montreal for offsides. The goal is ruled good and Montreal goes on the penalty kill for a Delay of Game. Rasmus Andersson will score a PPG, his second goal of the season at 19:38.

Montreal goes on to win the first of nine match-ups on the season 4-2 over the Calgary Flames

MTL PenaltyAlexander RomanovforPlaying Without a Helmet2 min minor02:33
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotfroHi-sticking (served by Corey Perry)2 min minor10:19
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforFighting5 min major10:19
CGY PenaltyMatthew TkachukforFighting5 min major10:19
MTL PenaltyJake Evansfor Roughing2 min minor15:44
CGY PenaltyRasmus AnderssonforRoughing2 min minor15:44
CGY GoalSam Bennett (1)Assisted byMilan Lucic (2)Derek Ryan (1)18:42
CGY PPGRasmus Andersson (2)Assisted byJohnny Gaudreau (4)Elias Lindholm (4)19:38

End of Game Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs28 of 5729 of 57
Power Play1 for 42 for 3
Shots2521
Hits2618

Game Highlights:

January 30, 2021 – Calgary Flames

The Flames and Canadiens meet again after the Habs 4-2 win over Calgary Thursday night as the Canadiens look to avoid their first loss on the season.

Calgary Flames Projected Lines and Defenceman

Matthew TkachukElias LindholmAndrew Mangiapane
Milan LucicSean MonahanDominik Simon
Sam BennettMikael BacklundJosh Leivo
Milan LucicDerek RyanJoakim Nordstrom
Mark GiordanoRasmus Andersson
Noah HanfinChristopher Tanev
Juuso ValimakiNikita Nesterov
David Rittich
Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Dominik Simon

Injured: 

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines and Defenceman

Tomas TatarPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinNick SuzukiJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliJesperi KotkaniemiCorey Perry
Paul ByronJake EvansArtturi Lehkonen
Ben ChiarotShea Weber
Joel EdmundsonJeff Petry
Brett KulakAlexander Romanov
Jake Allen
Carey Price

Scratched: Victor Mete

Injured: Joel Armia (concussion)

1st Period

In the first period, Montreal goes on the penalty kill when Brett Kulak goes to the box for an Interference call at 3:00. 34 seconds later, Calgary makes it a 1-0 game with a PPG by Johnny Gaudreau, his fifth goal of the season. The assists on the goal go to Elias Linholm, his fifth, and Matthew Tkacuk, his second. At 11:03, Calgary is called for Roughing and a Cross-checking call, with Josh Leivo and Rasmus Andersson being show the box. Montreal is also called at 11:03 for a Roughing call and at 11:40, Montreal is called for Hi-sticking with the two penalties going to Corey Perry and Phillip Danault, respectively. Montreal goes on the power play when Andrew Mangiapane is called for Roughing with 16 seconds remaining in the period.

MTL PenaltyBrett KulakforInterference2 min minor03:00
CGY PPGJohnny Gaudreau (5)Assisted byElias LindholmMatthew Tkachuk03:34
CGY PenaltyJosh LeivoforRoughing2 min minor11:03
MTL PenaltyCorey PerryforRoughing2 min minor11:03
CGY PenaltyRasmus AnderssobnforCross Checking2 min minor11:03
MTL PenaltyPhillip DanaultforHi-sticking2 min minor11:40
CGY PenaltyAndrew MangiapaneforRoughing2 min minor19:44

1st Period Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs10 of 2212 of 22
Power Play1 for 20 for 1 (1;44 left on PP)
Shots1611
Hits105

2nd Period

The first five minutes of the period is a battle of puck possession. At 6:14, Montreal announced that Josh Anderson is out for the remainder of the game with no explanation given as well as Montreal going on the power play with Calgary’s Rasmus Andersson going to the box again but this time for Roughing. At 8:03, Montreal’s power play is killed when Tyler Toffoli goes the box for Hooking. At 9:26, Calgary goes to the box for 4 on 4 play when Mikael Backlund is called for Hi-sticking. Montreal goes back to the box again when Shea Weber is given a two-minute penalty for Roughing against Calgary’s Dillon Dube 12:47. At 15:05, Montreal is on the PK again when Jonathan Drouin goes off for a Tripping call and at 18:05 Calgary goes on the penalty kill when Mikael Backlund goes off for an Interference call.

In the third period, there will be 5 seconds left on the Montreal power play.

CGY PenaltyRasmus AnderssonforRoughing2 min minor06:43
MTL PenaltyTyler ToffoliforHooking2 min minor08:03
CGY PenaltyMikael BacklundforHi-sticking2 min minor09:26
MTL PenaltyShea WeberforRoughing2 min minor12:47
MTL PenaltyJonathan DrouinforTripping2 min minor15:05
CGY PenaltyMikael Backlundfor Interference2 min minor18:05

2nd Period Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs25 of 4419 of 44
Power Play1 for 50 for 4
Shots2127
Hits1611

3rd Period

Heading into the period, Montreal needs to stay out of the box as much as possible. The Canadiens need to slow down the aggressive play a bit and play smart. At 5:50 in the period, Calgary goes on the penalty kill when Josh Leivo is called for Holding. At 10:48, Montreal heads to the penalty kill when Brett Kulak is called for Interference. Calgary seals the win with a goal by Mikael Backlund, his second on the season, with 32 seconds left in the contest. The loss by the Canadiens is the first loss in regulation on the season.

CGY PenaltyJosh LeivoforHolding2 min minor05:50
MTL PenaltyBrett KulakforInterference2 min mnor10:48
CGY EN GoalMikael Backlund (2)Assisted byElias Lindholm (6)19:28

3rd Period Stats

CalgaryMontreal
Faceoffs32 of 6129 of 61
Power Play1 for 60 for 5
Shots3337
Hits2317

Game Highlights:

Analysis

This week of two games against the Calgary Flames were competitive games. The issue over the week was the penalties. Despite Montreal only having one loss in regulation thus far on the season, Montreal can’t expect to win a lot of games if they’re in the box.

With Josh Anderson leaving unexpectedly during the contest against the Flames on Saturday, hopefully there isn’t a bigger issue there. Hopefully Anderson can come back at 100% for the Canadiens contest against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

Upcoming games

Monday, February 1st: Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, February 2nd: Vancouver Canucks
Thursday, February 4th: Ottawa Senators (Montreal will have the on-ice debut of the new Reverse Retro jersey in this contest)
Saturday, February 6th: at Ottawa Senators

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