Canadiens Weekly – Here We Go Again

Hello again, Ladies and Gentleman. Today we are going to review the last week of games in Montreal Canadiens hockey with game recaps, box scores, what needs to be worked on going into the next game and finally conclude with next week’s contests.

And away we go…

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Seattle Kraken

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Seattle the Kraken would host the Montreal Canadiens in what would be their first trip to Seattle since 1919. In the first period Jordan Eberle would open the scoring 62 seconds into the game to give the Kraken the 1-0 lead, but Mike Hoffman would score later in the period to tie the game at one. However, Branden Tanev would strike shorthanded to give the Kraken the 2-1 lead. In the second period, Yanni Gourde scores his first goal as a member of the Kraken to give Seattle the two goal lead. Just shy of two minutes later, Tanev scores his second goal of the contest to give the Kraken a commanding three goal lead. As this contest moves to the third period, Seattle takes the commanding 5-1 lead and first win for the Kraken at home when Ryan Donato scores his second goal of the year at 5:14 in the period.


Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings:

Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliMathieu PerreaultCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenCedric PaquetteJoel Armia
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Sami NikuBrett Kulak
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault

Scratched:

Adam BrooksChris Wideman

Injured:

Paul Byron (hip)
Joel Teasdale (undisclosed)
Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)
Josh Brook (undisclosed)
Jake Evans (undisclosed)

Seattle Kraken Lines and Defencive Pairings:

Jaden SchwartzYanni GourdeCalle Jarnkrok
Joonas DonskoiAlex WennbergJordan Eberle
Brandon TanevJared McCannMason Appleton
Nathan BastianRiley SheahanRyan Donato
Mark GiordanoJamie Oleksiak
Jeremy LauzonAdarm Larsson
Haydn FleuryVince Dunn
Philipp Grubauer
Joey Daccord

Scratched:

Morgan GeekieCarson SoucyWill Borgen

Injured:

Chris Driedger (undisclosed)
Marcus Johansson (undisclosed)
Colin Blackwell (lower body)

Scoring and Penalty Summaries:

1st Period
SEA GoalJordan Eberle (1)Assisted byAlex Wennberg (3)Jamie Oleksiak (1)01:02
SEA PenaltyJordan EberleforTripping2 min minor01:29
MTL GoalMike Hoffman (2)Assisted byNick Suzuki (2)Brendan Gallagher (1)11:37
SEA PenaltyJaden SchwartzforHi-sticking4 min double minor11:37
SEA GoalBrandon Tanev (4)Assisted byJamie Oleksiak (2)Jared McCann (4)15:08
MTL PenaltyJonathan DrouinforInterference2 min minor18:19
2nd Period
SEA GoalYanni Gourde (1)Assisted byJaden Schwartz (2)Jeremy Lauzon (2)06:55
SEA GoalBrandon Tanev (5)Assisted byYanni Gourde (2)08:53
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforHooking2 min minor13:42
MTL PenaltySami NikuforHolding2 min minor19:28
3rd Period
SEA GoalRyan Donato (2)Unassisted05:14
MTL PenaltyCedric PaquetteforTripping2 min minor17:10

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period Stats
MTLSEA
Faceoffs5/149/14
Power Play0/30/1** :19 left on PP
Shots912
Hits1212
2nd Period Stats
MTLSEA
Faceoffs14/3622/36
Power Play0/20/3** 1:28 left on PP
Shots1719
Hits2125
3rd Period Stats
MTLSEA
Faceoffs20/5030/50
Power Play0/20/4
Shots2426
Hits4032

Things to focus on in the next contest: Attack the net. The time for falling asleep is over. The Canadiens desperatley need a win going into the their next contest and it would boost morale even more.

Next contest: October 28th at San Jose Sharks

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Thursday, October 28th: Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks

TXHT’s Game Recap: In San Jose, the Canadiens look to get their first win in San Jose since the 1999-2000 season. In the first, Mike Hoffman scores his third of the year to give the Canadiens the 1-0 lead. In the second, Alexander Romanov scores his first and Brendan Gallagher scores a power play goal, his first goal of the season, to give the Habs the 3-0 lead. Late into the third, Josh Anderson scores his first goal of the year as the Canadiens get the 4-0 shutout win over the Sharks.


Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliMathieu PerreaultCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenCedric PaquetteJoel Armia
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Sami NikuBrett Kulak
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault

Scratched:

Adam BrooksChris Wideman

Injured:

Paul Byron (hip)
Joel Teasdale (undisclosed)
Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)
Josh Brook (undisclosed)
Jake Evans (undisclosed)

San Jose Sharks Lines and Defencive Pairings

Jonathan DahlenLogan CoutureTimo Meier
William EklundTomas HertlRudolfs Balcers
Andrew CoglianoNick BoninoKevin Labanc
Lane PedersonJasper WeatherbyJonah Gadjovich
Mario FerraroBrent Burns
Jacob MiddletonErik Karlsson
Radim SimekMarc-Edouard Vlasic
Adin Hill
James Reimer

Scratched: Alexander Barbanov

Injured:

Matt Nieto (lower body)
Nikolai Knyzhov (upper body)
Jeffrey Viel (finger)

Scoring and Penalty Summaries:

1st Period
MTL PenaltyJoel ArmiaforHolding the stick2 min minor05:47
MTL GoalMike Hoffman (3)Assisted byBrett Kulak (3)Nick Suzuki (3)12:09
MTL PenaltyJoel ArmiaforHooking2 min minor17:20
2nd Period
MTL PenaltyNick SuzukiforHooking2 min minor01:03
SJ PenaltyJacob MiddletonforTripping2 min minor06:12
MTL GoalAlexander Romanov (1)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (1)08:53
SJ PenaltyJonah GadjovichforKneeing2 min minor12:20
MTL PP GoalBrendan Gallagher (1)Assisted byJosh Anderson (2)Nick Suzuki (4)12:56
MTL PenaltyDavid SavardforTripping2 min minor15:16
3rd Period
MTL EN GoalJosh Anderson (1)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (2)David Savard (2)17:52
MTL PenaltyAlexander RomanovforFighting5 min major19:57
SJ PenaltyJonah GadjovichforFighting5 min major19:57
SJ PenaltyJonah GadjovichforInstigator2 min minor19:57
SJ PenaltyJonah GadjovichforGame misconduct10 min19:57

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period StatsMTL – 1SJ – 0
Faceoffs7/158/15
Power Play0/00/2
Shots109
Hits154
2nd Period StatsMTL – 3SJ – 0
Faceoffs18/4123/41
Power Play1/20/4
Shots2025
Hits2011
3rd Period StatsMTL – 4SJ – 0
Faceoffs30/6232/62
Power Play1/40/4
Shots3245
Hits2618

Things to focus on in the next contest: Play exactly like this going into the next contest.

Next Contest: Saturday, October 30th at Los Angeles Kings

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Saturday, October 30th: Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings

TXHT’s Game Recap: In Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens look to win their second game in a row. In the first period, Montreal gets on the board late when Josh Anderson scores his second goal of the season. In the second, the Kings tie the contest when Viktor Arvidsson scores his second of the season and LA takes the lead for good when Arthur Kaliyev scores a power play goal, his first goal of the season. As the contest shifts to the third, Rasmus Kupari scores the Kings second power play goal of the afternoon. The goal is Kupari’s second on the season and the Kings take the 3-1 lead. Alex Iafallo then scores his second of the season to give Los Angeles a three goal lead and at 14:16 in the period, Iafallo scores the Kings third power play goal in the game to give the Kings the 5-1 lead. Montreal then scores a shorthanded goal when Ben Chiarot scores his second of the season but the Kings breeze by the Canadiens for the 5-2 win.


Montreal Canadiens Lines and Defencive Pairings

Mike HoffmanNick SuzukiBrendan Gallagher
Jonathan DrouinChristian DvorakJosh Anderson
Tyler ToffoliMathieu PerreaultCole Caufield
Artturi LehkonenCedric PaquetteJoel Armia
Ben ChiarotJeff Petry
Alexander RomanovDavid Savard
Sami NikuBrett Kulak
Jake Allen
Sam Montembeault

Scratched:

Adam BrooksChris Wideman

Injured:

Paul Byron (hip)
Joel Teasdale (undisclosed)
Joel Edmundson (undisclosed)
Josh Brook (undisclosed)
Jake Evans (undisclosed)

Los Angeles Kings Lines and Defencive Pairings:

Viktor ArvidssonAnze KopitarDustin Brown
Alex IafalloPhillip DanaultAdrian Kempe
Trevor MooreRasmus KupariArthur Kaliyev
Brendan LemieuxBlake LizotteLias Anderson
Alexander EdlerKale Clague
Olli MaattaMatt Roy
Tobias BjornfotMikey Anderson
Calvin Petersen
Jonathan Quick

Scratched:

Carl GundstromGabriel VilardiAustin Strand

Injured:

Drew Doughty (knee contusion)
Quinton Byfield (fractured ankle)
Andreas Athanasiou (upper body)

Scoring and Penalty Summary:

1st Period

LA PenaltyAdrian KempeforTripping2 min minor10:34
MTL GoalJosh Anderson (2)Assisted byChristian Dvorak (3)Alexander Romanov (1)18:22

2nd Period

LA GoalViktor Arvidsson 2)Assisted byAnze Kopitar (4)Olli Maatta (4)4:31
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforSlashing2 min minor11:42
LA PP GoalArthur Kaliyev (1)Assisted byKale Clague (1)Anze Kopitar (5)12:19
MTL PenaltyAlexander RomanovforHolding2 min minor12:55
LA PenaltyAdrian KempeforHi-sticking2 min minor13:16

3rd Period

MTL PenaltyChristian DvorakforTripping2 min minor:23
LA PP GoalRasmus Kupari (2)Assisted byMatt Roy (1)Alex Iafallo (4)1:53
LA GoalAlex Iafallo (2)Assisted byMatt Roy (2)5:37
MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforHooking2 min minor5:52
MTL PenaltyMathieu PerreaultforHooking2 min minor12:51
LA PP GoalAlex Iafallo (3)Assisted byPhillip Danault (2)Rasmus Kupari (2)14:16
LA PenaltyArthur KaliyevforHolding2 min minor15:34
MTL SH GoalBen Chiarot (2)Assisted byJosh Anderson (3)Nick Suzuki (5)17:40

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period

MTL – 1LA – 0
Faceoffs6/198/15
Power Play0/10/0
Shots810
Hits1612

2nd Period

MTL – 1LA – 2
Faceoffs14/3723/37
Power Play0/21/2
Shots1825
Hits2714

3rd Period

MTL – 2LA – 5
Faceoffs25/6540/65
Power Play0/33/5
Shots2838
Hits2714

Things to focus on in the next contest: Go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened between the San Jose contest and this one. Giving up three power play goals is not a good sign and shows how weak the penalty kill is for the team.

Next Contest: Sunday, October 31st at Anaheim Ducks


Upcoming Contests:

Sunday, October 31st: at Anaheim Ducks
Tuesday, November 2nd: vs. Detroit Red Wings
Thursday, November 4th: vs. New York Islanders
Saturday, November 6th: vs. Vegas Golden Knights

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