Canadiens Weekly: What Else Can Go Wrong?

As the Habs have reached 20-ish game mark, the Canadiens are .

I have detailed in all weeklys on the year where the strengths and weaknesses are with the team.

Now after a four day break, the Habs had three road games this week.

Ready for the recaps?

Away we go…


Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 – Montreal Canadiens at Washington Capitals

Game Line-ups

TXHT Game Recap: In Washington the Capitals would play host to the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Nic Dowd, John Carlson, and Michael Sgarbossa would score for the Caps to take the 3-0 lead, but Jake Evans would score to get the Habs on the board to bring them back within two. In the second period Evgeny Kuznetsov would strike to give the Caps their three goal lead back, but after video review it would be Cole Caufield scoring for the Habs to cut their deficit back to two. Then in the third period Artturi Lehkonen would score for the Canadiens, but goals from Tom Wilson and Dmitry Orlov would score as the Capitals would defeat the Canadiens 6-3.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
1:18WSH PenaltyDmitry OrlovforDelay of Game – Puck over Glass2 min minor
3:34WSH GoalNic Dowd (2)Assisted byDmitry Orlov (7), Nick Jensen (5)
8:35MTL PenaltyJeff PetryforTripping2 min minor
9:43WSH PP GoalJohn Carlson (4)Assisted byEvgeny Kuznetsov (17), Alex Ovechkin (16)
14:31WSH GoalMichael Sgarbossa (1)Unassisted
18:46MTL GoalJake Evans (4)Assisted byArtturi Lehkonen (7)
2nd Period
6:24WSH PenaltyGarnet HathawayforRoughing2 min minor
9:05WSH GoalEvgeny Kuznetsov (7)Assisted byJohn Carlson (14), Alex Ovechkin (17)
18:54MTL GoalCole Caufield (1)Assisted byJonathan Drouin (8), Nick Suzuki (11)
3rd Period
1:49WSH GoalTom Wilson (7)Assisted byAlex Ovechkin (18), Connor McMichael (5)
5:57WSH GoalDmitry Orlov (3)Assisted byNic Dowd (2)
14:25WSH PenaltyJohn CarlsonforHooking2 min minor
17:34MTL GoalArtturi Lehkonen (2)Assisted byBrendan Gallagher (6), Jake Evans (2)

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 1WSH – 3
Faceoffs516
Power Play0/11/1
Shots516
Hits711
2nd Period StatsMTL – 2WSH – 4
Faceoffs1524
Power Play0/21/1
Shots1526
Hits1616
3rd Period StatsMTL – 3WSH – 6
Faceoffs2630
Power Play0/31/1
Shots2834
Hits2220

Things to focus on in the next contest: Getting better on the Power Play. Having three chances to strike on the power play and going 0-for-3 with an extra man is not a great sign. That is a major thing that needs to be worked on is the special teams.

Next Contest: Friday, November 26th at Buffalo Sabres

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Friday, November 26th, 2021 – Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres

Game Lineups:

TXHT Game Recap: In Buffalo, the Sabres would play host to the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Tage Thompson would strike first for the Sabres, but Josh Anderson would strike for the Habs to tie the game at one. In the second period Cody Eakin and Kyle Okposo would score for the Sabres to take the two goal lead. Then in the third period Thompson would net his second of the game to give the Sabres the 4-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
4:08BUF GoalTage Thompson (9)Assisted byVictor Olofsson (7), Jeff Skinner (6)
12:44MTL GoalJosh Anderson (5)Unassisted
2nd Period
9:49BUF GoalCody Eakin (3)Assisted byVinnie Hinostroza (7)
12:25BUF PenaltyBrett MurrayforHi-sticking4 min dbl minor
15:45BUF SH GoalKyle Okposo (6)Assisted byCody Eakin (2)
17:43MTL PenaltyDavid SavardforTripping2 min minor
3rd Period
3:29BUF GoalTage Thompson (10)Assisted byJeff Skinner (7), Victor Oloffson (8)

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 1BUF – 1
Faceoffs1111
Power Play0/00/0
Shots1512
Hits51
2nd Period StatsMTL – 1BUF – 3
Faceoffs1920
Power Play0/20/1
Shots1726
Hits93
3rd Period StatsMTL – 1BUF – 4
Faceoffs2726
Power Play0/20/1
Shots2639
Hits187

Things to focus on going into next contest: At this point, get back to basics. Nothing is working anymore

Next Contest: Saturday, November 27th at Pittsburgh Penguins


Saturday, November 27th, 2021 – Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins

Game Lineups:

TXHT Game Recap: In Pittsburgh, the Penguins would a host a Montreal Canadiens team whose front office is in turmoil, and after a scoreless first period Jonathan Drouin would score to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. Then in the third period Evan Rodrigues would score for the Penguins, but goals from Christian Dvorak and Artturi Lehkonen would give the Canadiens the 3-1 lead. Jeff Carter and Sidney Crosby would score for the Penguins, but Josh Anderson would net a pair of goals to give the Canadiens the 6-3 victory over the Penguins.

Period by Period Summary

1st Period
4:26PIT PenaltyDominik SimonforHi-sticking (dbl)4 min minor
2nd Period
3:09MTL PenaltyMattias NorlanderforHooking2 min minor
10:07PIT PenaltyKris LetangforTripping2 min minor
15:34MTL GoalJonathan Drouin (3)Unassisted
3rd Period
2:20MTL PenaltyArtturi LehkonenforTripping2 min minor
2:33PIT PPGEvan Rodrigues (8)Assisted bySidney Crosby (3)Jake Guentzel (10)
3:05MTL GoalChristian Dvorak (4)Assisted bySami Niku (3)Josh Anderson (6)
6:16MTL GoalArtturi Lehkonen (3)Assisted byCole Caufield (2)Mattias Norlander (1)
9:03MTL PenaltyBen ChiarotforCross-checking2 min minor
14:21PIT PenaltyMike MathesonforTripping2 min minor
17:23PIT GoalJeff Carter (5)Assisted byKasperi Kapanen (8)Sidney Crosby (4)
18:19MTL GoalJosh Anderson (6)Assisted byChristian Dvorak (6)Tyler Toffoli (9)
18:50PIT GoalSidney Crosby (2)Assisted byKasperi Kapanen (9)Jeff Carter (6)
19:12MTL GoalJosh Anderson (7)Assisted byTyler Toffoli (10)Alexander Romanov (2)
19:23MTL GoalTyler Toffoli (5)Assisted byChristian Dvorak (7)Alexander Romanov (3)

Period by Period Statistical Summary

1st Period StatsMTL – 0PIT – 0
Faceoffs146
Power Play0/20/0
Shots814
Hits1313
2nd Period StatsMTL – 1PIT – 0
Faceoffs2218
Power Play0/30/1
Shots2131
Hits2619
3rd Period StatsMTL – 6PIT – 3
Faceoffs3139
Power Play0/41/3
Shots3350
Hits3724

Things to focus on going into next contest: Whatever game plan happened from last night into this game, do it again. Play like this game, and things very well could turn around.

Next Contest: Monday, November 29th v. Vancouver Canucks


Upcoming Contests:

Monday, November 29th: v. Vancouver Canucks
Thursday, December 2nd: v. Colorado Avalanche
Saturday, December 4th: at Nashville Predators

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