Montreal Canadiens at Winnipeg Jets
Second Round – Game 1
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.
|MTL Goal||Jesperi Kotkaniemi (4)||Assisted by||Jeff Petry (2)||Erik Gustafsson (2)||03:30|
|MTL Goal||Erik Staal (1)||Assisted by||Corey Perry (3)||Joel Edmundson (1)||05:10|
|WPG SH Goal||Adam Lowry (1)||UNASSISTED||11:52|
|MTL Goal||Nick Suzuki||Assisted by||Joel Edmundson (2)||Cole Caufield (2)||17:14|
|WPG Goal||Derek Forbort (1)||Assisted by||Pierre-Luc Dubois (3)||Mathieu Perreault (1)||09:22|
|MTL PP Goal||Brendan Gallagher (2)||Assisted by||Shea Weber (1)||Jeff Petry (3)||11:04|
|WPG Goal||Kyle Connor (3)||Assisted by||Nikolaj Ehlers (1)||Neal Pionk (1)||18:16|
|MTL EN Goal||Jake Evans (1)||Assisted by||Tyler Toffoli (4)||Erik Staal (5)||19:03|
|Montreal||Jake Evans||for||Elbowing||2 min minor||05:40|
|Winnipeg||Dominic Toninato||for||Cross-checking||2 min minor||11:02|
|Montreal||Jesperi Kotkaniemi||for||Goaltender Interference||2 min minor||18:16|
|Montreal||Jesperi Kotkaniemi||for||Roughing||2 min minor||08:26|
|Winnipeg||Josh Morrissey||for||Delay of Game-Puck over Glass||2 min minor||09:49|
|Winnipeg||Mark Scheifele||for||Roughing||2 min minor||13:12|
|Winnipeg||Mark Scheifele||for||Charging||5 min major||19:03|
|Winnipeg||Mark Scheifele||Game Misconduct||10 min||19:03|
|Power Play||0/1||0/2*||*0:16 left on Power Play|