Canadiens Weekly – March 20-26

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, it is time once again to take a look at the Montreal Canadiens games from the prior week.

Montreal would have a subpar week, going 1-1-1 this week.

Monday, March 21st, 2022: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In an Original Six match-up in Montreal, the Canadiens and Bruins renew their rivalry. In the first period, Boston takes the 1-0 lead when Brad Marchand nets his 26th of the year. In the second, Montreal ties it up when David Savard nets his second of the year. In the third, Montreal takes the 2-1 lead when Joel Armia strikes with a shorthanded goal, his fourth goal of the year but then Boston ties it up when Connor Clifton scores his second of the year. In Overtime, Brad Marchand scores his second of the night just 34 seconds in as the Bruins defeat the Canadiens 3-2.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Take more shots to the net.

Next Contest: Thursday, March 24th, 2022 vs. Florida Panthers

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Thursday, March 24th, 2022: Florida Panthers at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In Montreal, the Canadiens play host to the Panthers and in the first period the Habs take the 1-0 lead when Nick Suzuki scores his 18th of the year. However, Florida ties the game up when Aleksander Barkov finds the net with his 27th of the year. In the second, Mason Marchment scores his 14th of the year to give the Panthers the 2-1 lead but then Montreal tiers it up with Jake Evans ninth goal on the year. Florida re-takes the lead after Anthony Duclair scores his 25th of the year. In the third, Sam Reinhart scores his 24th of the year to give the Cats the two goal advantage but then Montreal comes within a goal when Paul Byron scores his third of the year. The Canadiens are unable to tie the game late as Florida goes on to defeat Montreal 4-3.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Stay out of the penalty box as well as taking advantage of any and all power play opportunites.

Next Contest: Thursday, March 24th, 2022 vs. Florida Panthers

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Saturday, March 26th, 2022: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens

Game Recap: In an Original Six match-up between bitter arch-rivals, the Maple Leafs and Canadiens due battle in Montreal. In the first period, the Maple Leafs take the 1-0 lead when Auston Matthews nets his 47th of the year. In the second, Montreal ties the game when David Savard nets his third of the year and then they take the lead when Cole Caufield nets his 14th of the year. In the third, the Leafs tie the game up when William Nylander scores his 24th of the year but then Montreal re-takes the lead when Paul Byron scores his fourth of the year. The Habs seal the win after Christian Dvorak strikes with his eighth of the year as Montreal doubles up Toronto with the 4-2 win.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Take more shots. Being out shot nearly three times (Toronto 51, Montreal 18) usually will not result in a dominating win. Montreal got lucky here with this win. Next time this happens, the Habs may not be so lucky.

Next Contest: Sunday, March 27th, 2022 at New Jersey Devils

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Upcoming Contests:

Sunday, March 27th, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils, 7p EDT
Tuesday, March 29th, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers, 7p EDT
Thursday, March 31st, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes, 7p EDT
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022: Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7p EDT

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