Canadiens Weekly: April 4-April 10

Welcome to another weekly review in Montreal Canadiens Hockey

During the week, Montreal took on the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and had a back-to-back match-up against the Winnipeg Jets

News of the Week:

  • Brendan Gallagher has been placed on LTIR due to a broken right thumb that occurred in the contest against the Edmonton Oilers

Game Recaps

April 5th: Edmonton Oilers

Game Recap:

The Edmonton Oilers would head to Montreal to face the Canadiens, and in the first period Devin Shore would score to give the Oilers the 1-0 lead. Then in the second period Darnell Nurse would strike to grow the Oilers lead to two. In the third period Josh Anderson and Tomas Tatar would score to tie the game at two for the Habs, and then in overtime Eric Staal would score his first as a Canadien to give them the 3-2 comeback victory.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
19:39EDMDevin Shore (3)A: Jujhar Khaira (7)
2nd Period
19:49EDMPPDarnell Nurse (13)A; Leon Draisaitl (38), Jesse Puljujarvi (6)
3rd Period
01:45MTLJosh Anderson (14)A: Corey Perry (7), Nick Suzuki (16)
05:23MTLTomas Tatar (8)A: Paul Byron (8)
OT Period
04:02MTLEric Staal (4)A: Tyler Toffoli (10), Jeff Petry (17)

Penalty Summary

2nd Period
07:48MTLCorey PerryRoughing2 min
12:41EDMJesse PuljujarviHolding2 min
12:53MTLEric StaalHooking2 min
17:53MTLJoel EdmundsonSlashing2 min
3rd Period
13:54EDMJujhar KhairaDelay of Game2 min
14:31MTLTyler ToffoliTripping2 min

Game Highlights

April 7th: at Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Recap:

In Toronto, the Maple Leafs would host the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Auston Matthews would strike 54 seconds into the game for his 24th of the season to give the Leafs the lead, but a little over a minute later Corey Perry would strike to tie the game at one for the Habs. After a scoreless second period TJ Brodie and Zach Hyman would tally to give the Leafs the 3-1 lead. Perry would net his second of the game for the Habs, but the Leafs would hold on for the 3-2 victory.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
0:54TORAuston Matthews (28)A: Ilya Mikheyev (7), Zach Hyman (15)
2:15MTLCorey Perry (8)A: Nick Suzuki (17), Joel Edmundson (9)
3rd Period
2:32TORT.J. Brodie (1)A: Alexander Barabanov (1), Wayne Simmonds (2)
10:21TORZach Hyman (13)A: Auston Matthews (20), Mitch Marner (35)
17:45MTLCorey Perry (9)A: Josh Anderson (6), Tyler Toffoli (11)

Penalty Summary:

1st Period
09:18MTLBenchToo Many Men on the Ice (served by Corey Perry)2 min
10:25MTLJake EvansSlashing2 min
2nd Period
15:13TORAuston MatthewsRoughing2 min
3rd Period
12:03TORTravis DermottTripping2 min

Game Highlights:

April 8th: Winnipeg Jets

Game Recap:

In Montreal the Canadiens would host the Winnipeg Jets, and despite a goal for the Habs from Phillip Danault, the Jets would get goals from Josh Morrissey, Trevor Lewis, and Nikolaj Ehlers to take a 3-1 lead. In the second period Paul Byron would score for the Habs, but Andrew Copp would score to give the Jets the 4-2 victory.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
0:18WPGJosh Morrissey (3)A: Mathieu Perreault (7), Mason Appleton (11)
1:40MTLPhillip Danault (4)A: Tomas Tatar (17), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (13)
8:03WPGTrevor Lewis (2)A: Neal Pionk (22), Derek Forbort (7)
13:07WPGNikolaj Ehlers (16)A: Kyle Connor (20), Logan Stanley (3)
2nd Period
15:14MTLPaul Byron (4)A: Jeff Petry (18), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (14)
3rd Period
19:22WPGENAndrew Copp (13)A: Kyle Connor (21), Mark Scheifele (31)

Penalty Summary:

2nd Period
0:43WPGAdam LowryDelay of Game2 min
6:47WPGAndrew CoppTripping2 min
7:36MTLJosh AndersonInterference2 min
11:36MTLCorey PerryRoughing2 min
11:36WPGLogan StanleyRoughing2 min
18:26MTLNick SuzukiInterference2 min
3rd Period
15:48MTLNick SuzukiHigh Sticking2 min

Game Highlights:

April 10th: Winnipeg Jets

Game Recap:

In Montreal the Canadiens would host the Winnipeg Jets, and after a scoreless first period Paul Stastny, Nikolaj Ehlers, and Dereck Forbort would score to give the Jets the 3-0 lead. Then in the third period Andrew Copp and Mathieu Perreault would score to give the Jets the 5-0 victory.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period
No goals scored
2nd Period
10:13WPGPaul Stastny (12)Unassisted
16:57WPGNikolaj Ehlers (17)A: Neal Pionk (23), Andrew Copp (19)
19:31WPGDerek Forbort (2)A: Josh Morrissey (16), Mark Scheiefle (32)
3rd Period
7:17WPGAndrew Copp (14)A: Mathieu Perreault (8), Nikolaj Ehlers (24)
10:42WPGMathieu Perreault (8)Unassisted

Penalty Summary:

1st Period
00:51MTLJoel EdmundsonHooking2 min
01:45WPGPaul StastnyHooking2 min
2nd Period
00:46MTLShea WeberHolding2 min
03:19WPGPierre-Luc DuboisHooking2 min
13:40WPGPaul StasntyHooking2 min
15:44MTLJonathan DrouinHooking2 min
16:40MTLShea WeberCross-checking2 min
16:40WPGPaul StasntyCross-checking2 min
16:57MTLJonathan DrouinUnsuccessful Challenge2 min
3rd Period
06:17MTLCorey PerryMisconduct10 min
07:09MTLJoel EdmundsonUnsportsmanlike Conduct2 min
07:55MTLJake EvansFighting (maj)5 min
07:55WPGJosh MorrisseyFighting (maj)5 min

Game Highlights:

Weekly Analysis:

OOF. This was not a great week when it came to Canadiens hockey. The Habs went 1-3-0 on the week and they have started to fall further and further behind in the North division. Between all of the careless penalties and with playing the tougher opponents in the division, they had to play tough. As the Habs have a lot of games coming up within the next couple of weeks, they need to get their A-game back together as best as possible and that is with the team losing Brendan Gallagher for the rest of the regular season due to his injury.

What I would like to see is the team get their game back together as a whole as much as possible. Montreal can’t keep making careless penalties as well as getting shutout by their opponents like they did in the 5-0 drubbing they had against Winnipeg. That is just one of those games where nothing went right for anyone on the Canadiens roster or coaching staff.

This Week’s Contests:

Monday, April 12: Toronto Maple Leafs

Wednesday, April 14 AND Friday April 16: Calgary Flames

Saturday, April 17: Ottawa Senators

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