Canadiens Weekly:  Hughes Has Arrived

Welcome to a new edition of Montreal Canadiens weekly wrap-ups.  This was a huge week for Canadiens hockey.

Four games were played, a new GM was hired, Carey Price is not close to returning, plus other news and notes will be covered in this edition.

First we will cover all the news from the week in Canadiens Hockey.

Now as far the games go, Montreal would go 1-1-2 during the week.

News and Notes

  • On Monday, Sportsnet reported that G Carey Price has re-started the rehabilitation process on his surgically repaired knee.  Price remains out of action indefinitely.
  • On Tuesday, the Montreal Canadiens hired Kent Hughes as the 18th General Manager in franchise history.
  • On Wednesday, the NHL released an updated schedule of games that were postponed due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases surrounded by the Omnicron variant.  12 games were rescheduled and they are as follows:
    • New Jersey at Montreal scheduled from January 15th is now on February 8th
    • Washington at Montreal scheduled from January 4th is now on February 10th
    • Columbus at Montreal scheduled from January 10th is now on February 12th
    • Buffalo at Montreal scheduled from January 8th is now on February 13th
    • St. Louis at Montreal scheduled on February 1st now on February 17th
    • Montreal at NY Islanders scheduled from December 21st is now on February 20th
    • Toronto at Montreal scheduled from January 6th is now on February 21st
    • Buffalo at Montreal scheduled on April 26th is now on February 23rd
    • Boston at Montreal scheduled from January 12th is now on March 21st
    • Montreal at New Jersey scheduled from December 23rd is now on April 7th
    • Boston at Montreal scheduled from December 18th is now on April 24th
    • Montreal at NY Rangers scheduled from December 22nd is now on April 27th
      • In addition to the re-schedules games, the team announced that the continuance of no fans at Bell Place will resume until further notice.
  • On Friday, it was announced that G Jake Allen will be out of action for eight weeks with a lower body injury

Game Recaps

Monday, January 17th, 2022:  Montreal Canadiens at Arizona Coyotes

TXHT Game Recap:  In Arizona the Coyotes would host the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Rem Pitlick would score for the Habs, but goals from Travis Boyd and Johan Larsson would give the Coyotes the 2-1 lead. In the second period Ryan Poehling would strike for the Habs, but Janis Moser and Nick Schmaltz would score to put the Coyotes ahead by two. Then in the third period Clayton Keller would score to give the Coyotes the 5-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary:

1st Period:
ARZ Goal:  Travis Boyd (9) – Assisted by Nick Schmaltz (7) and Clayton Keller (15) – 05:19
ARZ Penalty:  Liam O’Brien for Holding – 2 min minor – 05:36
ARZ Goal:  Johan Larsson (5) – Assisted by Phil Kessel (21) and Dysin Mayo (2) – 08:18
MTL Goal:  Rem Pitlick (7) – Assisted by Jonathan Drouin (12) – 15:11

2nd Period:
ARZ Goal:  Janis Moser (3) – Unassisted – 04:27
ARZ Penalty:  Liam O’Briend for Interference – 2 min minor – 06:18
ARZ Penalty:  Ilya Lyubushkin for Interference – 2 min minor – 09:34
MTL PP Goal:  Ryan Poehling (5) – Assisted by Jonathan Drouin (13) and Jeff Petry (3) – 11:13
MTL Penalty:  Mike Hoffman for Slashing – 2 min minor – 15:41
ARZ Goal:  Nick Schmaltz (2) – Assisted by Antoine Roussel (2) and Johan Larsson (9) – 18:02
MTL Penalty:  Delay of Game – Unsuccessful Challenge (Served by Cole Caufield) – 2 min minor – 18:02

3rd Period:
MTL Penalty:  Brett Kulak for Delay of Game – Puck over Glass – 2 min minor – 04:52
MTL Penalty:  Mike Hoffman for Slashing – 2 min minor – 12:40
ARZ EN Goal:  Clayton Keller (14) – Assisted by Nick Schmaltz (8) and Janis Moser (2) – 18:18
MTL Penalty:  Alexander Romanov for Delay of Game – Puck over Glass – 2 min minor – 19:41

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period

Montreal – 1Arizona – 2
Faceoffs38
Power Play0/10/0
Shots89
Hits1716

2nd Period

Montreal – 2Arizona – 4
Faceoffs1516
Power Play1/30/2
Shots1916
Hits2926

3rd  Period

Montreal – 2Arizona – 5
Faceoffs2627
Power Play1/30/5
Shots2623
Hits3631

Area of Focus into Next Game:  Play better defence.  Yes, the Habs shutout the Coyotes on the power play but too many goals went in that could have been stopped.

Next Contest:  Tuesday, January 18th at Dallas Stars


Tuesday, January 18th, 2022:  Montreal Canadiens at Dallas Stars

TXHT Game Recap:  The Dallas Stars would play host to the Montreal Canadiens, and after a scoreless first period Jacob Peterson would score for the Stars, but goals from Christian Dvorak and Michael Pezzetta would give the Habs the 2-1 lead. Then in the third period Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski would score for the Stars, but goals from Tyler Toffoli, Dvorak, and Josh Anderson would give the Canadiens the 5-3 victory over the Stars.

Period by Period Summary:

1st Period:
MTL Penalty:  Ben Chiarot for Holding – 2 min minor – 02:37
MTL Penalty:  Mike Hoffman for Tripping – 2 min minor – 13:59

2nd Period:
DAL Penalty:  Joel Hanley for Hooking – 2 min minor – 05:56
MTL PP Goal:  Christian Dvorak (6) – Assisted by Tyler Toffoli (13) and Nick Suzuki (13) – 07:35
MTL Goal:  Michael Pezzetta (3) – Assisted by Jake Evans (3) and Artturi Lehkonen (9) – 07:57
MTL Penalty:  Nick Suzuki for Hooking – 2 min minor – 14:00
DAL Goal:  Jacob Peterson (6) – Assisted by Joe Pavelski (22) – 16:24
DAL Penalty:  Ryan Suter for Hi-sticking – 2 min minor – 17:35
MTL Penalty:  Jeff Petry for Holding – 2 min minor – 19:28

3rd Period:
MTL SH Goal:  Tyler Toffoli (6) – Assisted by Nick Suzuki (14) – 01:03
MTL Goal:  Christian Dvorak (7) – Unassisted – 02:38
DAL Goal:  Tyler Seguin (10) – Assisted by Joel Hanley (1) and Denis Gurianov (9) – 03:03
MTL Goal:  Josh Anderson (8) – Assisted by Jonathan Drouin (14) and Rem Pitlick (6) – 04:17
MTL Penalty:  Ryan Poehling for Delay of Game-Puck Over Glass – 2 min minor – 05:04
DAL Penalty:  Ryan Suter for Roughing – 2 min minor – 07:30
MTL Penalty:  Nick Suzuki for Roughing – 2 min minor – 07:30
MTL Penalty:  Jonathan Drouin for Cross-checking (served by Ryan Poehling) – 2 min minor – 12:03
DAL Penalty:  Tyler Seguin for Cross-checking – 2 min minor – 12:03
MTL Penalty:  Josh Anderson for Misconduct – 10 min – 12:03
DAL Penalty:  Jamie Benn for Misconduct – 10 min – 12:03
MTL Penalty:  Josh Anderson for Game Misconduct – 10 min – 12:03
DAL Penalty:  Miro Heiskanen for Tripping – 2 min minor – 12:54
MTL Penalty:  Jeff Petry for Delay of Game-Puck over Glass – 2 min minor – 17:20
DAL PP Goal:  Joe Pavelski (16) – Assisted by Tyler Seguin (5) and Roope Hintz (13) – 18:41

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period

Montreal – 0Dallas – 0
Faceoffs710
Power Play0/00/2
Shots714
Hits157

2nd Period

Montreal – 2Dallas – 1
Faceoffs1824
Power Play1/20/4* 1:28 left in PP
Shots1428
Hits2410

3rd Period

Montreal – 5Dallas – 3
Faceoffs3137
Power Play1/31/7
Shots2251
Hits2914

Area of Focus into Next Game:  Keep the penalties in check.  There were far too many taken in the contest and despite the win, Montreal can’t win if they are playing with men in the penalty box.

Next Contest:  Thursday, January 20th, 2022 at Vegas Golden Knights


Thursday, January 20th, 2022:  Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

TXHT Game Recap:  In the Fortress, the Canadiens make their lone trip to Vegas on the season.  In the first period, Chandler Stephenson scores his 12th of the year to give the Golden Knights the 1-0 lead but Montreal goes on to tie the contest when Michael Pezzetta strikes with his fourth goal of the year.  In the second period, William Karlsson strikes with a power play goal, his sixth goal of the year to give Vegas the lead but then Tyler Toffoli scores a power play goal of his own, his seventh of the year to tie the game for the Habs.  In the third period, Mike Hoffman nets his sixth of the year to give the Habs the lead but Marchessault scores his second of the night to tie the game.  In the overtime session, Shea Theodore nets his eighth of the year as the Golden Knights get the 4-3 win over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary:

1st Period:
VGK Goal:  Chandler Stephenson (12) – Assisted by Evgenii Dadonov (11) and William Carrier (6) – 03:40
MTL Penalty:  Nick Suzuki for Interference – 2 min minor – 09:35
MTL Goal:  Michael Pezzetta (4) – Assisted by Artturi Lehkonen (10) – 15:28

2nd Period:
VGK Penalty:  Jonathan Marchessault for Interference – 2 min minor – 04:04
MTL Penalty:  David Savard for Holding – 2 min minor – 10:14
VGK PP Goal:  William Karlsson (6) – Assisted by Jonathan Marchessault (11) and Shea Theodore (20) – 11:46
VGK Penalty:  Nicolas Roy for Holding – 2 min minor – 13:35
MTL PP Goal:  Tyler Toffoli (7) – Assisted by Nick Suzuki (15) and Chris Wideman (8) – 14:20

3rd Period:
VGK Penalty:  Alex Pietrangelo for Delay of Game – Puck over Glass – 2 min minor – 01:54
MTL Goal: Mike Hoffman (6) – Assisted by Christian Dvorak (8) – 06:15
MTL Penalty:  Josh Anderson for Hooking – 2 min minor – 11:32
VGK PP Goal:  Jonathan Marchessault (19) – Assisted by William Karlsson (7) and Shea Theodore (21) – 11:39

Overtime
VGK Goal:  Shea Theodore (8) – Assisted by Nicolas Roy (13) – 01:50

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period

Montreal – 1Vegas – 1
Faceoffs105
Power Play0/00/1
Shots1018
Hits1110

2nd Period

Montreal – 2Vegas – 2
Faceoffs2315
Power Play1/21/2
Shots1832
Hits3116

3rd Period

Montreal – 3Vegas – 3
Faceoffs2929
Power Play1/32/3
Shots2350
Hits4226

Overtime

Montreal – 3Vegas – 4
Faceoffs3031
Power Play1/32/3
Shots2753
Hits4226

Area of Focus into Next Game:  Close out the contest while holding onto the lead.

Next Contest:  Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 at Colorado Avalanche


Saturday, January 22nd, 2022:  Montreal Canadiens at Colorado Avalanche

TXHT Game Recap: In Colorado the Avalanche would take on the Montreal Canadiens, and in the first period Alex Newhook would score to give the Avs the 1-0 lead. In the second period Valeri Nichushkin would score to grow the Avs lead to two, but Artturi Lehkonen would score to get the Habs back within one. Then in the third period Nick Suzuki would score to tie the game at two, but in overtime Gabriel Landeskog would score to give the Avalanche the 3-2 victory over the Canadiens.

Period by Period Summary:

1st Period
COL Penalty: Too Many Men (served by Mikhail Maitsev) – 2 min minor – 01:16
MTL Penalty: Ben Chiarot for Holding – 2 min minor – 07:10
COL PP Goal: Alex Newhook (9) – Assisted by Samuel Girard (18) and Devon Toews (21) – 08:20
MTL Penalty: Jeff Petry for Delay of Game – 2 min minor – 10:47

2nd Period
MTL Penalty: Laurent Dauphin for Tripping – 2 min minor – 07:08
COL PP Goal: Valeri Nichushkin (11) – Assisted by Samuel Girard (19) and Devon Toes (22) – 08:57
MTL Goal: Artturi Lehkonen (5) – Assisted by Nick Suzuki (16) and Tyler Toffoli (14) – 18:17

3rd Period
COL Penalty: Nazem Kadri for Hi-sticking – 2 min minor – 06:18
COL Penalty: Nazem Kadri for Hi-sticking (served by Mikhail Maitsev) – 2 min minor – 06:18
MTL Penalty: Jeff Petry for Interference – 2 min minor – 06:18
MTL PP Goal: Nick Suzuki (8) – Assisted by Christian Dvorak (9) and Mike Hoffman (5) – 08:06
MTL Penalty: Chris Wideman for Hi-sticking – 2 min minor – 09:32

Overtime
COL Goal: Gabriel Landeskog (15) – Assisted by Valeri Nichushkin (8) and Devon Toews (23)

Period by Period Statistical Summary:

1st Period

Montreal – 0Colorado – 1
Faceoffs1313
Power Play0/11/2
Shots1223
Hits127

2nd Period

Montreal – 1Colorado – 2
Faceoffs2124
Power Play0/12/3
Shots2234
Hits2412

3rd Period

Montreal – 2Colorado – 2
Faceoffs3131
Power Play1/22/4
Shots3043
Hits3224

Overtime

Montreal – 2Colorado – 3
Faceoffs3232
Power Play1/22/4
Shots3046
Hits3224

Area of Focus into Next Game: Avoid Overtime. This is second consecutive contest where the Habs can’t win the game in regulation and while the road trip comes to a close Monday night, a win would close out the road trip on a good note over a sour one.

Next Contest: Monday, January 24th at Minnesota Wild


Upcoming Contests

Monday, January 24th, 2022:  Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
Thursday, January 27th, 2022:  Anaheim Ducks at Montreal Canadiens
Saturday, January 29th, 2022:  Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens

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