Canadiens Weekly: February 14-27

Due to one game last week, this version of the Canadiens weekly is going to cover the game from last Saturday and then the additional four games from the previous week.

Ready? Here we go…

Canadiens News

On Wednesday morning, the Montreal Canadiens announced that Head Coach Claude Julien has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach as well as Assistant Head Coach Kirk Muller. The team would announce that Dominique Ducharme has been named the interim Head Coach. This was a move that was somewhat expected given the fact that the Canadiens had been the 2nd most penalized team at the time of the firing. The front office saw that a change needed to be made and to be quite honest, I am a little surprised that this happened only six weeks into the season.

Game Recaps

Saturday, February 20th: vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs would be seeing blue as they face the Canadiens clad in their Reverse Retro uniforms. After a scoreless first period the floodgates would open as the Habs would get goals from Jesper Kotkaniemi and Paul Byron, while Auston Matthews would net a pair of goals, and tallies from Travis Boyd and Mitch Marner would give the Leafs the 4-2 lead. Then in the third period Alexander Kerfoot would net his fourth of the season to give the Maple Leafs the 5-2 lead, and while Tyler Toffoli would net his 11th of the season for the Canadiens, the Leafs would hold on for the 5-3 victory.

Toronto Maple Leafs Line-ups

Joe ThorntonAuston MatthewsMitchell Marner
Zach HymanJohn TavaresWilliam Nylander
Jimmy VeseyAlexander KerfootIlya Mikheyev
Pierre EngvallTravis BoydJason Spezza
Morgan RiellyTJ Brodie
Jake MuzzinJustin Holl
Travis DermottZach Bogosian
Frederik Andersen
Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: Mikko Lehtonen, Nic Petan
Injuried: Jack Campbell (lower body), Wayne Simmonds (wrist)

1st Period

TOR PenaltyZach Bogosianforslashing2 min minor
MTL PenaltyVictor MeteforHooking2 min minor
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforDelay of Game-puck over glass2 min minor

1st Period Stats

Toronto – 0Montreal – 0
Faceoffs7 of 1710 of 17
Power Play0 for 2*0 for 1*1:04 left on 2-man adv; :41 left on DoG pen
Shots1310
Hits215

2nd Period

TOR PPGAuston Matthews (17)Assisted byMitch Marner (20)Morgan Rielly (13)1:05
TOR PPGTravis Boyd (3)Assisted byJoe Thornton (6)Auston Matthews (10)1:20
MTL GoalJesperi KotkaniemiAssisted byTomas Tatar (5)Joel Edmundson (3)3:24
MTL GoalPaul Byron (1)unassisted3:57
TOR GoalMitch Marner (9)Assisted byAuston Matthews (11)Zach Bogosian (2)7:31
MTL PenaltyVictor MeteforTripping2 min minor14:24
TOR PPGAuston Matthews (18)Assisted byMorgan Rielly (14)15:05

2nd Period Stats

Toronto – 4Montreal – 2
Faceoffs18 of 3618 of 36
Power Play3 for 30 for 1
Shots2126
Hits930

3rd Period

TOR GoalAlexander Kerfoot (4)Assisted byJason Spezza (7)John Tavares (11)13:36
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforRoughing2 min minor16:05
TOR PenaltyJake MuzzinforInterference2 min minor16:05
MTL GoalTyler Toffoli (11)Assisted byAlexander Romanov (3)Brendan Gallagher (4)18:34
MTL PenaltyTyler ToffoliforSlashing2 min minor19:42

3rd Period Stats

Toronto – 5Montreal – 3
Faceoffs30 of 5828 of 58
Power Play3 for 40 for 1
Shots2733
Hits1744

Game Highlights


Sunday, February 21st: at Ottawa Senators

In Ottawa the Senators and Montreal Canadiens would do battle, and in the first both teams would trade goals as Nick Suzuki would strike in the opening minutes for the Habs, and Drake Batherson would tie the game up for the Sens. Then after a scoreless second period Josh Norris would give the Senators the lead, but Corey Perry would score to tie the game two and send the game to overtime. In the extra frame it would be Brady Tkachuk with his sixth of the season to give the Senators the 3-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens Line-up

Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Corey Perry — Jake Evans — Paul Byron
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Victor Mete — Alexander Romanov
Jake Allen
Carey Price

Scratched: Arttuti Lehkonen, Brett Kulak
Injured: None

Ottawa Senators Line-up

Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Connor Brown
Nick Paul — Colin White — Evgenii Dadonov
Tim Stutzle — Derek Stepan — Drake Batherson
Micheal Haley — Chris Tierney — Austin Watson
Braydon Coburn — Nikita Zaitsev
Mike Reilly — Artem Zub
Erik Brannstrom — Erik Gudbranson
Matt Murray
Joey Daccord

Scratched: Thomas Chabot, Josh Brown, Christian Wolanin
Injured: Marcus Hogberg (lower body)

1st Period

MTL GoalNick Suzuki (4)Assisted byJosh Anderson (4)1:17
MTL PenaltyPaul ByronforHi-sticking2 min minor2:37
OTT GoalDrake Batherson (4)Assisted byArtem Zub (3)9:47
OTT PenaltyToo Many Menserved byBrady Tkachuk2 min minor11:40
MTL PenaltyNick SuzukiforHooking2 min minor14:36

1st Period Stats

Montreal – 1Ottawa – 1
Faceoffs8 of 1810 of 18
Power Play0 for 10 for 2
Shots912
Hits87

2nd Period

MTL PenaltyPhillip DanaultforRoughing2 min minor4:06
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforHooking2 min minor10:22
OTT PenaltyArtem ZubforHooking2 min minor15:04
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforCross checking2 min minor18:50
OTT PenaltyDerek StepanforCross checking2 min minor18:50

2nd Period Stats

Montreal – 1Ottawa – 1
Faceoffs16 of 4226 of 42
Power Play0 for 20 for 4
Shots2320
Hits1620

3rd Period

OTT GoalJosh Norris (4)Assisted byNikita Zaitsev (7)Brady Tkachuk (7)3:33
OTT PenaltyMike ReillyforHi-sticking2 min minor8:16
MTL GoalCorey Perry (2)Assisted by14:35

3rd Period Stats

Montreal – 2Ottawa – 2
Faceoffs27 of 6033 of 60
Power Play0 for 30 for 4
Shots3233
Hits2527

Overtime

OTT GoalBrady Tkachuk (6)Assisted byDrake Batherson (6)Erik Brannstrom (2)3:30

Overtime Stats

Montreal – 2Ottawa – 3
Faceoffs28 of 6234 of 62
Power Play0 for 30 for 4
Shots3239
Hits2527

Game Highlights


Tuesday, February 23rd: at Ottawa Senators

In Ottawa the Montreal Canadiens would come to town to face the Senators, and in the first period Shea Weber would score for the Habs, but goals from Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk would give the Sens the 2-1 lead. Then in the second period Erik Brannstrom would net his first career NHL goal, however, Weber’s second of the game and a tally from Jonathan Drouin would tie the game at three. In the third period Tkachuk would net his second of the game, and Tyler Tofolli would score to keep the game tied and sent to overtime. After a scoreless five minutes of bonus hockey, it would be Tim Stutzle in the shootout to give the Senators the 5-4 victory over the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens Line-up

Jonathan Drouin — Nick Suzuki — Josh Anderson
Tyler Toffoli — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar — Jesperi Kotkaniemi — Joel Armia
Paul Byron — Jake Evans — Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot — Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson — Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak — Alexander Romanov
Carey Price
Jake Allen

Scratched: Artturi Lehkonen, Victor Mete
Injuried: None

Ottawa Senators Line-up

Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris — Connor Brown
Nick Paul — Colin White — Evgenii Dadonov
Tim Stutzle — Derek Stepan — Drake Batherson
Micheal Haley — Chris Tierney — Austin Watson
Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev
Mike Reilly — Artem Zub
Erik Brannstrom — Erik Gudbranson
Matt Murray
Joey Daccord
Scratched: Josh Brown, Christian Wolanin, Braydon Coburn
Injured: Marcus Hogberg (lower body)
COVID-19 protocol: Ryan Dzingel

1st Period

OTT GoalDrake Batherson (5)Assisted byDerek Stepan (5)Artem Zub (4)01:36
MTL PenaltyJesperi KotkaniemiforCharging2 min minor08:32
OTT PPGBrady Thachuk (7)Assisted byDrake Batherson (7)Tim Stützle (5)09:57
OTT PenaltyDrake BathersonforInterference2 min minor11:28
OTT PenaltyBrady ThachukforFighting5 min major13:56
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforFighting5 min major13:56
MTL GoalShea Weber (3)Assisted byJake Evans (1)Corey Perry (3)16:03
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforRoughing2 min minor20:00

1st Period Stats

Montreal – 1Ottawa – 2
Faceoffs15 of 238 of 23
Power Play0 for 11 for 1**Ottawa starts 2nd with 2 min PP
Shots1314
Hits1314

2nd Period

MTL PenaltyShea WeberforHi-sticking4 min dbl minor00:59
OTT PPGErik Gudbrannstrom (1)Assisted byColin White (5)Connor Brown (7)03:41
MTL GoalJonathan Drouin (2)Unassisted04:52
MTL GoalShea Weber (4)Assisted byPhillip Danault (7)Brett Kulak (4)10:06
OTT PenaltyThomas ChabotforHooking2 min minor17:39

2nd Period Stats

Montreal – 3Ottawa – 3
Faceoffs20 of 3212 of 32
Power Play0 for 22 for 4
Shots2133
Hits2520

3rd Period

OTT PenaltyJosh NorrisforHooking2 min minor03:29
MTL GOalTyler Toffoli (12)Assisted byPhillip Danault (8)Joel Edmundson (4)08:06
OTT GoalBrady Tkachuk (8)Assisted byJosh Norris (8)Thomas Chabot (7)10:11

3rd Period Stats

Montreal – 4Ottawa – 4
Faceoffs31 of 5928 of 59
Power Play0 for 32 for 4
Shots3337
Hits3230

Overtime

No Goals
No Penalties

Overtime Stats

Montreal – 4Ottawa – 4
Faceoffs32 of 6331 og 63
Power Play0 for 32 for 4
Shots3639
Hits3430

Shootout Results

Rd 1OTT: Brady TkachukNOTied 0-0
Rd 1MTL: Corey PerryNOTied 0-0
Rd 2OTT: Tim StützleYESOTT 1-0
Rd 2MTL: Jonathan DrouinNOOTT 0-0
Rd 3OTT: Josh NorrisYESOTT 2-0
Rd 3MTL: –OTT 2-0

Game Highlights


Thursday, February 25th: at Winnipeg Jets

In Winnipeg, Montreal visits for the the first game in a two game set. In the first period, Joel Armia nets a pair of goals to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Kyle Connor nets a power play goal at 5:37 to come within a goal. Montreal takes the 3-1 lead when Tomas Tatar nets a power play goal of his own at 7:33. Winnipeg then gets two goals, a goal from Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler, to tie the game 3-3. Then in the third period, Winnipeg takes their first lead in the contest when Ben Thompson nets his first goal of the season. Pierre-Luc Dubois then gives the Jets a two goal lead with his fourth goal of the season. The Jets then seal the win with an empty net goal from Mark Schiefele to give Winnipeg the 6-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Game line-ups

1st Period

MTL GoalJoel Armia (3)Assisted byAlexander Romanov (4)Paul Byron (4)13:45
MTL GoalJoel Armia (4)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (11)Jeff Petry (11)17:29

1st Period Stats

Montreal – 2Winnipeg – 0
Faceoffs9 for 189 for 18
Power Play0 for 00 for 0
Shots88
Hits98

2nd Period

MTL PenaltyShea WeberforDelay of Game – Puck over Glass2 min minor04:55
WPG PPGKyle Connor (9)Assisted byBlake Wheeler (13)Mark Schiefele (17)05:37
WPG PenaltyNeal PionkforHi-sticking2 min minor06:15
MTL PPGTomas Tatar (5)Assisted byJesperi Kotkaniemi (7)Jeff Petry (12)07:33
WPG GoalKyle Connor (10)Assisted byPaul Stastny (7)Nikolaj Ehlers (10)11:50
WPG GoalBlake Wheeler (6)Assisted byNeal Pionk (13)Pierre-Luc Dubois (2)14:31
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforCharging2 min minor20:00

2nd Period Stats

Montreal – 3Winnipeg – 3
Faceoffs14 of 3521 of 35
Power Play1 for 11 for 2**WPG Starts 3rd Period with 2 min PP
Shots1319
Hits1210

3rd Period

MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforHi-sticking2 min minor04:12
WPG GoalBen Thompson (1)Assisted byMason Appleton (6)Adam Lowry (7)06:37
WPG PenaltyBlake WheelerforHooking2 min minor07:29
MTL PenaltyJoel EdmundsonforSlashing2 min minor10:24
WPG GoalPierre-Luc Dubois (4)Assisted byMathieu Perreault (5)Andrew Copp (9)12:37
WPG PenaltyNikolaj EhlersforFighting5 min major14:26
MTL PenaltyCorey PerryforFighting5 min major14:26
WPG EN GoalMark Schiefele (113)Assisted byBlake Wheeler (14)Andrew Copp (10)18:22

3rd Period Stats

Montreal – 3Winnipeg – 6
Faceoffs21 of 5231 of 52
Power Play1 for 21 for 4
Shots2131
Hits1915

Game Highlights


February 27th, 2021: at Winnipeg Jets

In Winnipeg, Montreal looks to get back on the winning track. After a scoreless first period, Winnipeg gets on the board when Nikolaj Ehlers gets his 11th goal on the season and Montreal will answer when Nick Suzuki gets his fifth goal of the season to tie contest 1-1. In the overtime frame, Paul Stastny scores the game winner as the Jets get the 2-1 win over the Canadiens.

Game line-ups

1st Period

No Goals
No Penalties

1st Period Stats

Montreal – 0Winnipeg – 0
Faceoffs11 of 2413 of 24
Power Play0 for 00 for 0
Shots147
Hits107

2nd Period

MTL PenaltyShea WeberforTripping2 min minor:32
WPG PenaltySami NikuforHooking2 min minor04:21
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforInterference2 min minor05:38
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforTripping2 min minor09:04
WPG PPGNikolaj Ehlers (12)Assisted byAndrew Copp (11)10:38
WPG PenaltyPierre-Luc DuboisforElbowing2 min minor11:33
MTL GoalNick SuzukiAssisted byJoel Armia (4)15:13

2nd Period Stats

Montreal – 1Winnipeg – 1
Faceoffs26 of 4923 of 49
Power Play0 for 21 for 3
Shots2716
Hits1910

3rd Period

No Goals
No Penalties

3rd Period Stats

Montreal – 1Winnipeg – 1
Faceoffs32 of 6735 of 67
Power Play0 for 21 for 3
Shots4118
Hits2615

Overtime

WPG GoalPaul Stastny (4)Assisted byNikolaj Ehlers (11)l:36

Overtime Stats

Montreal – 1Winnipeg – 2
Faceoffs32 of 6836 of 68
Power Play0 for 21 for 3
Shots4121
Hits2615

Game Highights


Analysis of the Week

Montreal is still taking careless penalties between the Delay of Game calls, the tripping calls, and the hooking calls. As stated with the Julien firing, the Habs are one of the most penalized teams in the League. One would think that after the week off between the contest on February 13th and their next contest on the 20th, that some of those areas would be cleaned up. When they were one of the top two teams in the North Division, they have now slipped to fourth place in the division.

An area that does need cleaning up aside from the penalties is the when they are on the penalty kill as well as when they are on the power play. The special teams has been lacking a bit and that is an area where they were excelling in the first month of the season.

With the new bench boss, it will only be a matter of time to see if things will change in Montreal or if there will be some rumblings made on a shake-up in the team.

Montreal currently is 9-6-5 (23 pts, .575%) in the North Division and in the last ten games, the Canadiens have gone 2-5-3.


Upcoming Contests This Week:

Tuesday, March 2nd: Ottawa Senators – 7p ET

Thursday, March 4th: Winnipeg Jets – 7p ET

Saturday, March 6th: Winnipeg Jets – 7p ET

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