Canadiens v. Jets – Game 1

Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets
Second Round – Game 1

Game Lineups:

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Game Recap:

In Game One of this series both the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens look to get the win. Winnipeg, after having a week off, should be well rested going into this series. Montreal, coming off the Game 7 win Monday night at Toronto, look to get their game reset going into this series against the Jets. For the first time since last spring, there are fans inside the Winnipeg arena, with 500 fans, all of them vaccinated health care workers from the Winnipeg area.

In the first period, Montreal strikes at 3:30 with Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s fourth goal of the postseason to give the Canadiens the early 1-0 lead. At the 5:10 mark, Erik Staal scores his first goal of this postseason to make it a 2-0 Montreal lead. While on the penalty kill for a cross-checking call, Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry scores his first goal of the 2021 postseason at the 11:52 mark to cut the Habs lead in half. After having a little patience in front of the net, Nick Suzuki scores his third goal of the postseason to give the Canadiens the 3-1 lead over the Jets. Paul Byron looked to make it a 4-1 game but the goal was waived off immediately for a goaltender interference call on Kotkaniemi, giving the Jets a power play late in the first period.

In the second period, Kotkaniemi is shown the penalty box again at 9:26 for roughing, his second penalty of the game. After a scoreless period, the Canadiens head into the third period, up two on the Jets.

In the third period, Winnipeg cuts the Montreal lead to one at 9:22 when Derek Forbort scores his first goal of the 2021 postseason. 27 seconds later, the Jets go on the penalty kill when Josh Morrissey is called for a Delay of Game penalty when he blocks a shot from Montreal’s Cole Caufield that sends the puck over the glass. On the Power Play, Montreal makes it a 4-2 game when Brendan Gallagher scores his second goal of the postseason at 11:04. The Habs will go back on the power play when Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele is called for Roughing at 13:12. At 18:18, the Jets come within a goal when Kyle Connor scores his third goal of the postseason. Montreal retakes the two goal lead at 19:03 with an empty net goal to Jake Evans, scoring his first goal of the postseason. Immediately after the goal, Scheifele delivers what looks like a high, dangerous hit to Evans head and Evans fell right to the ice. Due to this, Scheifele was DQed from the game with 56.9 left in the contest.

Montreal goes on to win Game 1 over the Jets 5-3.

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Scoring Summary

1st period

MTL GoalJesperi Kotkaniemi (4)Assisted byJeff Petry (2)Erik Gustafsson (2)03:30
MTL GoalErik Staal (1)Assisted byCorey Perry (3)Joel Edmundson (1)05:10
WPG SH GoalAdam Lowry (1)UNASSISTED11:52
MTL GoalNick SuzukiAssisted byJoel Edmundson (2)Cole Caufield (2)17:14

2nd Period

No Goals

3rd Period

WPG GoalDerek Forbort (1)Assisted byPierre-Luc Dubois (3)Mathieu Perreault (1)09:22
MTL PP GoalBrendan Gallagher (2)Assisted by Shea Weber (1)Jeff Petry (3)11:04
WPG GoalKyle Connor (3)Assisted byNikolaj Ehlers (1)Neal Pionk (1)18:16
MTL EN GoalJake Evans (1)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (4)Erik Staal (5)19:03

Penalty Summary

1st Period

MontrealJake EvansforElbowing2 min minor05:40
WinnipegDominic ToninatoforCross-checking2 min minor11:02
MontrealJesperi KotkaniemiforGoaltender Interference2 min minor18:16

2nd Period

MontrealJesperi KotkaniemiforRoughing2 min minor08:26

3rd Period

WinnipegJosh MorrisseyforDelay of Game-Puck over Glass2 min minor09:49
WinnipegMark ScheifeleforRoughing2 min minor13:12
WinnipegMark Scheifele forCharging5 min major19:03
WinnipegMark Scheifele Game Misconduct10 min19:03

Game Statistics:

1st Period

MontrealWinnipeg
Faceoffs10/177/17
Power Play0/10/2**0:16 left on Power Play
Shots1211
Hits1023

2nd Period

MontrealWinnipeg
Faceoffs19/3617/36
Power Play0/10/3
Shots2122
Hits2034

3rd Period

MontrealWinnipeg
Faceoffs27/5225/52
Power Play1/40/3
Shots3330
Hits2442
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