Canadiens Weekly: March 21-April 3

News:

  • With the Canadiens having their three game set against Edmonton and the March 28th game against Ottawa postponed, the NHL announced Sunday afternoon that the following changes would be made to the Canadiens schedule.
    • Edmonton at Montreal, scheduled for March 22, is now scheduled for March 30 at 7 p.m. ET
    • Calgary at Montreal, scheduled for April 16 at 7 p.m. ET, will now start at 6 p.m. ET
    • Ottawa at Montreal, scheduled for March 28, is now scheduled for April 17 at 4 p.m. ET
    • Montreal at Edmonton, scheduled for April 20, is now scheduled for April 21 10 p.m. ET
    • Montreal at Calgary, scheduled for April 22, is now scheduled for April 23 at 9 p.m. ET
    • Montreal at Calgary, scheduled for April 26 at 10 p.m. ET, will now start at 6:30 p.m. ET
    • Montreal at Ottawa, scheduled for March 30, is now scheduled for May 5 at 7 p.m. ET
    • Montreal at Toronto, scheduled for May 7, is now scheduled for May 6 at 7 p.m. ET
    • Edmonton at Montreal, scheduled for March 24, is now scheduled for May 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET
    • Edmonton at Montreal, scheduled for March 26, is now scheduled for May 11 at 7 p.m. ET

In April alone, Montreal will have 17 games in the month of April alone.

Note: The graphic is the French version of the Canadiens website
  • Next, the Montreal Canadiens have acquired Eric Staal from the Buffalo Sabres for a 3rd and 5th round draft pick in the 2021 NHL Draft
  • The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to an ELC (entry-level contract) with Cole Caufield.

Game Recaps:

March 22: Edmonton Oilers – Game Postponed


March 24: Edmonton Oilers – Postponed


March 26: Edmonton Oilers – Postponed


March 28: Ottawa Senators – Postponed


March 30: at Ottawa Senators – Postponed to May 5th


March 30: Edmonton Oilers

Game Recap:

The Montreal Canadiens would host the Edmonton Oilers, and in the first period the Habs would get goals from Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, and Brendan Gallagher to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Then in the second period Tomas Tater would strike to grow the Habs lead to four. In the third period it would be scoreless as the Canadiens would go on to defeat the Oilers 4-0.

Edmonton Oilers Lines:

Montreal Canadiens Lines:

1st Period

MTL GoalJesperi Kotkaniemi (5)Assisted byPaul Byron (6)Artturi Lehkonen (3)00:18
EDM PenaltyDelay of Game – Unsuccessful Goal ChallengeServed byKailer Yamamoto2 min minor00:18
MTL GoalArtturi Lehkonen ( 3)Assisted byPaul Byron (7)Joel Edmundson (8)03:23
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforFighting5 min major04:47
EDM PenaltyWilliam LagessonforFighting5 min major04:47
EDM PenaltyKyle TurrisforHolding2 min minor07:27
MTL GoalBrendan Gallagher (13)Assisted byShea Weber (10)Phillip Danault (14)15:58
EDM PenaltyConnor McDavidforRoughing2 min minor17:26

1st Period Stats

EDM – 0MTL – 3
Faceoff11/187/18
Power Play0/00/3
Shots715
Hits148

2nd Period

MTL PenaltyAlexander RadulovforInterference2 min minor04:01
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforTripping2 min minor06:55
MTL GoalTomas Tatar (7)Assisted byPhillip Danault (15)Brendan Gallagher (8)17:54
EDM PenaltyTyson BarrieforHooking2 min minor19:46

2nd Period Stats

EDM – 0MTL – 4
Faceoff18/3214/32
Power Play0/20/4
Shots1125
Hits1915

3rd Period

MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforTripping2 min minor17:09

3rd Period Stats

EDM – 0MTL – 4
Faceoff27/5326/53
Power Play0/30/4
Shots1732
Hits3323

Game Highlights


April 1: at Ottawa Senators

Game Recap:

In Ottawa the Senators would host the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Phillip Danault would score to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Paul Byron would make it a two goal lead, and then in the third period Connor Brown would score for the Sens, but goals from Corey Perry and Brendan Gallagher would give the Canadiens the 4-1 victory over the Senators.

Montreal Canadiens Lineup:

Ottawa Senators Lineup:

Brady Tkachuk — Josh Norris – Evgenii Dadonov
Nick Paul — Colin White — Connor Brown
Tim Stutzle — Chris Tierney — Drake Batherson
Ryan Dzingel — Clark Bishop — Alex Formenton
Thomas Chabot — Nikita Zaitsev
Mike Reilly — Artem Zub
Braydon Coburn — Josh Brown
Filip Gustavsson
Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Erik Gudbranson, Artem Anisimov, Matt Murray

Injured: Marcus Hogberg (lower body), Joey Daccord (lower body), Austin Watson (hand)

1st Period

MTL GoalPhillip Danault (3)Assisted byBrendan Gallagher (9)Tomas Tatar (15)10:48
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforTripping2 min minor19:13

1st Period Stats

MTL – 1OTT – 0
Faceoff3 of 1613 of 16
Power Play0/00/1**1:13 left on PP
Shots1411
Hits914

2nd Period

MTL SHGPaul Byron (3)Assisted byJake Evans (4)Artturi Lehkonen (4):48
OTT PenaltyBraydon CoburnforTripping2 min minor13:50
OTT PenaltyMike ReillyforHooking2 min minor16:58

2nd Period Stats

MTL – 2OTT – 0
Faceoff16 of 3822 of 38
Power Play0/20/1
Shots2817
Hits2223

3rd Period

MTL GoalCorey Perry (7)Assisted byJake Evans (5)Victor Mete (2)4:43
MTL GoalBrendan Gallagher (14)Assisted byPhillip Danault (16)Tomas Tatar 916)10:04
OTT PenaltyNick PaulforRoughing2 min minor15:09
MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforTripping2 min minor18:06
OTT PPGConnor Brown (8)Assisted byJosh Norris (11)Mike Reilly (15)18:13

3rd Period Stats

MTL – 4OTT – 1
Faceoff27 of 5629 of 56
Power Play0/31/2
Shots3823
Hits3035

Game Highlights


April 3: Ottawa Senators

Game Recap:

In Montreal the Ottawa Senators would take on the Canadiens, and in the first period Tyler Toffoli would score for the Habs, but goals from Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown would give the Sens the 2-1 lead. then in the second period Josh Anderson would net a pair for the Habs, and Evgenii Dadonov would net a pair for the Sens as they would hold a 4-3 lead. In the third period Artem Anisimov would score to grow the Senators lead to two, and Drake Batherson would score to seal the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens.

Ottawa Senators Lineup:

Montreal Canadiens Lineup:

1st Period

MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforHi-sticking4 min dbl minor00:28
OTT PPGBrady Tkachuk (12)Assisted byDrake Batherson (11)Ben Chabot (18)00:42
OTT PenaltyBrady CoburnforHi-sticking2 min minor03:47
MTL PPGTyler Toffoli (19)Assisted byNick Suzuki (14)Shea Weber (11)05:31
OTT PenaltyArtem ZubforHooking2 min minor08:57
OTT PenaltyNikita ZaitsevforTripping2 min minor11:55
OTT SHGConnor BrownAssisted byNick Paul (10)Brady Coburn (2)12:07
OTT PenaltyBrady TkachukforFighting5 min major16:34
MTL PenaltyShea WeberforFighting5 min major16:34

1st Period Stats

OTT – 2MTL – 1
Faceoff3 of 1613 of 16
Power Play1/21/3
Shots1314
Hits96

2nd Period

MTL GoalJosh Anderson (12)Assisted byJesperi Kotkaniemi (12)Victor Mete (3)6:58
OTT GoalEvgenii Dadonov (10)Assisted byBen Chabot (19)Artem Anisimov (3)07:49
OTT GoalEvgenii Dadonov (11)Assisted byArtem Anisimov (4)Tim Stuzule (14)16:02
MTL GoalJosh Anderson (13)Assisted byNick Suzuki (15)Shea Weber (12)18:48

2nd Period Stats

OTT – 4MTL – 3
Faceoff3 of 1613 of 16
Power Play1/21/4/*1:06 left on PP
Shots2226
Hits1922

3rd Period

OTT GoalArtem Anisimov (3)Assisted byAlex Formenton (1)02:55
OTT PenaltyNikita ZaitsevforTripping2 min minor14:41
OTT GoalDrake Batherson (12)Assisted byMike Reilly (16)17:05

3rd Period Stats

OTT – 6MTL – 3
Faceoff26/6337/63
Power Play1/21/4/*
Shots2226
Hits1922

Game Highlights


Weekly Analysis

After having the pause due to COVID-19 protocols, the Canadiens looked a bit better. Not a lot of careless penalties would take place with the games that took place and some scoring magic would come back. It seems to me that while it was not a good thing for COVID-19 to hit the team, it was a bit of a good thing at the same time as the team found the magic that they had at the beginning of the season. Puck possession was far better but the team would not strike when the iron was hot for extra man advantages as well as scoring with a man down. I would like to see the team improve in that regard going into the four games that the Canadiens have coming up in the next slate of contests.


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