Canadiens Weekly: Hard Times and Tire Fires

After a brief break in the coverage, today we’re going to take a look at the last two weeks worth of games in Montreal Canadiens hockey.

It has not been a good time in Montreal and the fans in the arena, and elsewhere, are starting to show the displeasure in the product on the ice. However, with all of the losses Montreal has taken on in the offseason and thus far in the season, there is no shocker as to why the Montreal Canadiens are one of the worst teams this season.

With all of that being said, let’s get in to the recaps.


Tuesday, November 9th, 2021: Los Angeles Kings at Montreal Canadiens

TXHT Game Recap: In Montreal the Canadiens would host the Los Angeles Kings, and in the first period Ben Chiarot would score to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. In the second period Brendan Lemieux would score his first of the season to tie the game at one. Then in the third period Alex Iaffalo would score six seconds into the period to give the Kings the 2-1 lead, but Jake Evans would score to tie the game at two. In overtime Adrian Kempe would score to give the Kings the 3-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
5:45MTL PenaltyJake EvansTripping2 min
15:03MTL GoalBen Chiarot (3)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (2)
17:51LAK PenaltyTobias BjornfotDelay of Game2 min
2nd Period
2:50MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaTripping2 min
4:56LAK GoalAssisted byBrendan Lemieux (1)Tobias Bjornfot (3), Blake Lizotte (2)
15:05MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotHooking2 min
3rd Period
0:06LAK GoalAlex Iafallo (6)Assisted byUnassisted
5:20LAK PenaltyBrendan LemieuxUnsportsmanlike Conduct2 min
5:20MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaCross Checking2 min
7:42MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaUnsportsmanlike Conduct2 min
10:34LAK PenaltyMichael AndersonHigh Sticking2 min
13:22MTL GoalJake Evans (2)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (3), Brett Kulak (4)
17:48LAK PenaltyPhillip DanaultHolding2 min
Overtime
3:39LAK GoalGoalAdrian Kempe (5)Andreas Athanasiou (3), Kale Clague (4)

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsLAK – 0MTL – 1
Faceoffs119
Power Play0/10/1
Shots813
Hits314
2nd PeriodLAK – 1MTL – 1
Faceoffs2017
Power Play0/30/1
Shots2518
Hits825
3rd PeriodLAK – 2MTL – 2
Faceoffs3031
Power Play0/40/3
Shots3231
Hits1533
OvertimeLAK – 3MTL – 2
Faceoffs3233
Power Play0/40/3
Shots3435
Hits1633

Things to focus on in the next contest: Clean up the power play. Nothing else can really go wrong right now with how depleted the roster is.

Next Contest: Thursday, November 11 vs. Calgary Flames

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Thursday, November 11, 2021: Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens

TXHT Game Recap: In Montreal the Canadiens would host the Calgary Flames, and two minutes into the game Mikael Backlund would score to give the Flames the quick 1-0 lead. However, Ben Chiarot would score to tie the game at one, but Andrew Mangiapane would strike to retake the one goal lead for the Flames. In the second period Brendan Gallagher would score to tie the game at two. Then in the third period Nick Suzuki and Jake Evans would score to give the Canadiens the 4-2 victory over the Flames.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
CGY GoalMikael Backlund (3)Assisted byTrevor Lewis (2)Oliver Kylington (7)02:02
MTL GoalBen Chiarot (4)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (5)Nick Suzuki (10)09:26
CGY GoalAndrew Mangiapane (9)Assisted bySean Monahan (4)Blake Coleman (2)16:22
2nd Period
CGY PenaltyToo Many MenServed byMatthew Tkachuk2 min minor00:42
CGY PenaltyBlake ColemanforHolding2 min minor10:23
CGY PenaltyErik GudbransonforRoughing2 min minor11:24
MTL PenaltyTyler ToffoliforRoughing2 min minor11:24
MTL PP GoalBrendan Gallagher (3)Assisted byChris Wideman (2)Mike Hoffman (2)11:24
MTL PenaltyMichael PezzrttaforRoughing2 min minor14:47
CGY PenaltyRasmus AndersonforHoldting the Stick2 min minor19:06
3rd Period
CGY PenaltyErik GudbransonforHigh Sticking2 min minor8:36
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforHooking2 min minor09:42
CGY PenaltyAndrew MangiapaneforInterference2 min minor10:27
MTL PP GoalNick Suzuki (4)Assisted byMike Hoffman (3)12:08
MTL EN GoalJake Evans (3)Assisted byBrendan Gallagher (4)Tyler Toffoli (6)19:53

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsCGY – 2MTL – 1
Faceoffs58
Power Play0/00/0
Shots1010
Hits817
2nd Period StatsCGY – 2MTL – 2
Faceoffs1521
Power Play0/10/3**1:06 left on PP
Shots2020
Hits2722
3rd Period StatsCGY – 2MTL – 4
Faceoffs2529
Power Play0/12/5
Shots2628
Hits3029

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

Next Contest: Saturday, November 13th at Detroit Red Wings


Saturday, November 13th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings

TXHT Game Recap: In Detroit the Red Wings would host their Original Six counterpart Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Ryan Poehling would strike to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. In the second period Dylan Larkin and Pius Suter would score to give the Wings the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Chris Wideman would score to tie the game for the Habs and send the game to overtime. In the extra frame Larkin would net his second of the game to give the Red Wings the 3-2 victory.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforInterference2 min minor1:37
MTL GoalRyan Poehling (1)Assisted byMichael Pezzetta (1)Chris Wideman (3)4:39
MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaforHooking2 min minor14:52
DET PenaltyMoritz SeiderforRoughing2 min minor18:11
MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaforRoughing2 min minor18:11
DET PenaltyTyler BertuzziforSlashing2 min minor19:12
2nd Period
DET GoalDylan Larkin (5)Assisted byFilip Hronek (7)Tyler Bertuzzi (7)2:36
DET GoalPius Suter (4)Assisted byRobby Fabbri (4)Moritz Seider (10)3:21
DET PenaltyNick LeddyforHolding2 min minor5:03
3rd Period
MTL GoalChris Wideman (2)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (4)Joel Armia (2)2:33
Overtime
DET GoalDylan Larkin (6)Assisted byLucas Raymond (9)1:41

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 1DET – 0
Faceoffs128
Power Play0/1*0/2* 1:12 on PP
Shots98
Hits105
2nd Period StatsMTL – 1DET – 2
Faceoffs2018
Power Play0/30/2
Shots2222
Hits1913
3rd Period StatsMTL – 1DET – 0
Faceoffs3531
Power Play0/30/2
Shots3632
Hits2421
OT Period StatsMTL – 2DET – 3
Faceoffs3631
Power Play0/30/2
Shots3733
Hits2522

Things to focus on in the next contest: Clean up the sloppiness on puck turnovers.

Next Contest: November 14th, 2021 at Boston Bruins

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Sunday, November 14th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins

TXHT Game Recap: In an Original Six battle, the Boston Bruins would play host to the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Joel Armia would strike to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. In the second period Charlie McAvoy would score for the Bruins to tie the game at one, but Michael Pezzetta would score to give the Habs the one goal lead back. Then in the third period the Bs would explode for four goals as McAvoy would net his second of the game, Charlie Coyle would net a pair of goals, and Taylor Hall would score to give the Bruins the 5-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforCross Checking2 min minor3:20
MTL GoalJoel Armia (1)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (5)8:09
MTL PenaltyJake EvansforTripping2 min minor15:35
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforSlashing2 min minor18:23
BOS PenaltyBrad MarchandforTripping2 min minor18:59
2nd Period
BOS GoalCharlie McAvoy (2)Assisted byTaylor Hall (5)Jakub Zboril (1)8:27
MTL GoalMichael Pezzeta (1)Assisted byAdam Brooks (1)Josh Anderson (4)16:25
3rd Period
MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforHolding2 min minor1:25
BOS PP GoalCharlie McAvoy (3)Assisted byBrad Marchand (11)2:14
BOS GoalCharlie Coyle (4)Unassisted goal5:58
BOS GoalCharlie Coyle (5)Assisted byJake DeBrusk (1)Oskar Steen (2)9:05
MTL PenaltyChris WidemanforMisconduct10 min18:02
BOS EN GoalTaylor Hall (4)Assisted byDavid Pastrnak (9)Brandon Carlo (1)18:02

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 1BOS – 0
Faceoffs88
Power Play0/1*0/3*:36 left after 4 on 4; :23 left on 4-on-4
Shots1211
Hits1210
2nd Period StatsMTL – 2BOS – 1
Faceoffs2117
Power Play0/10/3
Shots2231
Hits2323
3rd Period StatsMTL – 2BOS – 5
Faceoffs2924
Power Play0/11/4
Shots2941
Hits2931

Things to focus on in the next contest: Phew. Clean everything up. Go back to the drawing board because this was a sloppy one.

Next Contest: Tuesday, November 16th at New York Rangers


Tuesday, November 16th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at New York Rangers

TXHT Game Recap: At Madison Square Garden the New York Rangers would host the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup, and in the first period Kaapo Kakko would score to give the Rangers the 1-0 lead. In the second period Christian Dvorak would score for the Habs, but Chris Kreider would score to get the Rangers back in the lead. Then in the third period Julien Gauthier would score to grow the Rangers lead to two, but Josh Anderson would strike to bring the Habs back within one, but the Rangers would hold on for the 3-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
NYR PenaltyBarclay GoodrowforCross-checking2 min minor8:30
MTL PenaltyChris WidemanforInterference2 min minor8:51
NYR GoalKaapo Kakko (2)Assisted byArtemi Panarin (12)Dylan Strome (7)15:46
2nd Period
MTL GoalChristian Dvorak (2)Assisted byBrendan Gallagher (5)Brett Kulak (5)2:17
MTL PenaltyMichael PezzettaforFighting5 min major3:22
NYR PenaltyRyan ReavesforFighting5 min major3:22
NYR GoalChris Krieder (12)Assisted byMika Zibanejad (10)3:50
NYR PenaltyK’Andre MillerforTripping2 min minor6:53
3rd Period
NYR GoalJulien Gauthier (1)Unassisted1:56
MTL GoalJosh Anderson (4)Assisted byChristian Dvorak (5)Chris Wideman (4)2:18
MTL PenaltyChris WidemanforTripping2 min minor12:14
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforMisconduct10 min (misconduct)19:32
MTL PenaltyBrendan GallagherforRoughing (served by Barclay Goodrow)2 min minor19:32
NYR PenaltyJacob TroubaforFighting5 min major20:00
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforFighting5 min major20:00

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 0NYR – 1
Faceoffs88
Power Play0/10/1
Shots1217
Hits117
2nd Period StatsMTL – 1NYR – 2
Faceoffs2014
Power Play0/20/1
Shots2126
Hits1616
3rd Period StatsMTL – 2NYR – 3
Faceoffs2726
Power Play0/20/3
Shots3334
Hits2723

Things to focus on in the next contest: Clean a couple of things up on the defencive side of the puck and things should be fine

Next Contest: Thursday, November 18th v. Pittsburgh Penguins

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Thursday, November 18th, 2021: Pittsburgh Penguins at Montreal Canadiens

TXHT Game Recap: In Montreal the Canadiens would host the Pittsburgh Penguins, and in the first period Sidney Crosby, Danton Heinen, and Jake Guentzel would score to give the Pens the 3-0 lead. In the second period Teddy Blueger and Brock McGinn would score to grow the Pens lead to five. Then in the third period Blueger would net his second of the game to give the Penguins the 6-0 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
PIT GoalSidney Crosby (1)Assisted byJake Guentzel (7_)Bryan Rust (5)3:36
PIT PenaltyBryan RustforTripping2 min minor4:06
MTL PenaltyJoel ArmiaforHi-sticking2 min minor10:38
PIT PP GoalDanton Heinen (5)Assisted byJohn Marino (6)Kasperi Kapanaen (6)12:38
PIT GoalJake Guentzel (6)Assisted byBryan Rust (6)Kris Letang (9)19:13
2nd Period
PIT GoalTeddy Blueger (4)Assisted byZach Aston-Reese (4)13:49
PIT GoalBrock McGinn (4)Assisted byMike Matheson (6)Teddy Blueger (2)16:12
3rd Period
PIT GoalTeddy Blueger (5)Assisted byZach Aston-Reese (5)John Marino (7)19:49

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsPIT – 3MTL – 0
Faceoffs1210
Power Play1/10/1
Shots155
Hits712
2nd Period StatsPIT – 5MTL – 0
Faceoffs1615
Power Play1/10/1
Shots3014
Hits921
3rd Period StatsPIT – 6MTL – 0
Faceoffs2218
Power Play1/10/1
Shots4324
Hits1229

Things to focus on in the next contest: Is there an option to do a complete re-do on the season? Nothing went right here at all. Montreal looked completely gassed from start to finish.

Next Contest: Saturday, November 20th v. Nashville Predators


Saturday, November 20th, 2021: Nashville Predators at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In Montreal, the Canadiens look to stop the bleeding and get back on track with a win over the Nashville Predators. The scoring here gets underway when Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen scores his first goal of the season at 2:41. The defence on both sides, as well as the offence, is quite strong between both Montreal and Nashville.

In the second period, Montreal makes it a 2-0 lead after Christian Dvorak scores his third goal of the season at 1:06. Nashville is then whistled for the first penalty of the contest when Mathieu Oliver is shown the box for Tripping at 3:23. Nine seconds later, Montreal strikes for the power play goal when Brendan Gallagher gets his fourth of the year. At 9:31, Ryan Poehling gets his second of the year to give the Habs the 4-0 lead and then at 10:08 Poehling strikes again to give Montreal the 5-0 lead. Later at 12:52, Nashville’s Ryan Johansen goes to the box for a Delay of Game when he played the Puck over the Glass. Fireworks ensue at 18:56 when Mathieu Oliver and Josh Anderson are shown the box after a Fighting major followed by Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki and Montreal’s Christian Dvorak getting matching Roughing and Misconduct penalties.

In the third period, Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli is whistled with a Hooking penalty at 6:07. Nashville then gets on the board when Matt Duchene scores the power play goal, his 10th on the year at 6:36. The Predators then come within three after Duchene gets another power play goal at 12:53 after Artturi Lehkonen is given a Holding penalty just eight seconds before. Montreal then is on the penalty kill once more when Ben Chiarot, when the replay clearly shows it was Jeff Petry, is whistled for Roughing at 13:14. Nashville makes it a 5-3 Montreal lead when Duchene completes the hat trick, good for his 12th on the year, at 16:27. Montreal then gets the insurance goal when Toffoli gets his fourth of the year as the Canadiens get the much needed win over the Nashville Predators 6-3.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
MTL GoalArtturi Lehkonen (1)Assisted byDavid Savard (4)Jake Evans (1)2:41
2nd Period
MTL GoalChristian Dvorak (3)Assisted byJosh Anderson (5)Jonathan Drouin (6)1:06
NSH PenaltyMathieu OliverforTripping2 min minor3:23
MTL PP GoalBrendan Gallagher (4)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (7)Tyler Toffoli (7)3:32
MTL GoalRyan Poehling (2)Assisted byChris Wideman (5)Artturi Lehkonen (6)9:31
MTL GoalRyan Poehling (3)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (8)Chris Wideman (6)10:08
NSH PenaltyRyan JohansenforDelay of Game – Puck over Glass2 min minor12:52
NSH PenaltyMathieu OliverforFighting5 min major18:56
MTL PenaltyJosh AndersonforFighting5 min major18:56
NSH PenaltyMark BorowieckiforRoughing2 min minor18:56
NSH PenaltyMark BorowieckiMisconduct10 min18:56
MTL PenaltyChristian DvorakforRoughing2 min minor18:56
MTL PenaltyChristain DvorakMisconduct10 min18:56
3rd Period
MTL PenaltyTyler ToffoliforHooking2 min minor6:07
NSH PP GoalMatt Duchene (10)Assisted byRoman Josi (11)Ryan Johansen (5)6:36
MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforHolding2 min minor12:45
NSH GoalMatt Duchene (11)Assisted byMikael Granlund (14)Eeli Tolvanen (4)12:53
MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforRoughing2 min minor13:14
NSH GoalMatt Duchene (12)Assisted byRyan Johansen (6)Mikael Granlund (15)16:27
MTL EN GoalTyler Toffoli (4)Assisted byJoel Armia (3)18:30

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsNSH – 0MTL – 1
Faceoffs613
Power Play0/00/0
Shots159
Hits1914
2nd Period StatsNSH – 0MTL – 5
Faceoffs1724
Power Play0/11/2
Shots2622
Hits3221
3rd Period StatsNSH – 3MTL – 6
Faceoffs2939
Power Play2/31/2
Shots3629
Hits3722

Things to focus on in the next contest: If there is a five goal lead, protect the net and play better on defence. Also, clean up the penalty kill. Two of Nashville’s goals came on the PK and the Habs have one of the worst penalty kills not only at home but in all of the NHL. Clean that up, and things will go a bit better.

Next Contest: Wednesday, November 24th at Washington Capitals


Upcoming Weekly Contests

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals
Friday, November 26th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres
Saturday, November 27th, 2021: Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins

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