Canadiens Weekly – Oof

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 fall face first this week after having a week where they would go 1-2-1 in the four games played.

Sunday March 27th: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils

Game Recap: In New Jersey, the Devils host the Canadiens and in the first the Devils take the 1-0 lead when Jack Hughes scores his 23rd of the year. In the second, Jack Hughes scores his second of the night to give New Jersey the 2-0 lead on the power play chance but then Montreal gets on the board when Josh Anderson nets his 16th of the year. In the third, Rem Pitlick nets his 13th of the year to tie the game. After a scoreless overtime the game moves the shootout where Yegor Sharangovich nets the game winner to give the Devils the 3-2 win over the Canadiens.

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

Next Contest: Tuesday, March 29th at Florida Panthers

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Tuesday, March 29th: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers

Game Recap: In Florida, the Panthers host the Canadiens and in the first the Habs would take the 1-0 lead when Chris Wideman nets his third of the year but then Florida gets a pair of goals when Jonathan Huberdeau scores a shorthanded goal, his 22nd goal of the year, and then Ryan Lomberg nets his seventh. In the second, Sam Bennett scores his 26th of the year and then Ryan Lomberg scores his second of the night to give the Cats the 4-1 lead. Then, Montreal gets a trio of goals when Joel Edmundson scores his first of the season, Laurent Dauphin scores his fourth of the season, and then Christian Dvorak nets his ninth of the year to tie the game for the Habs. As this contest shifts to the third, Jonathan Huberdeau scores his second of the night and then Mason Marchment nets his 15th of the year to give Florida the 6-4 lead. Then, Florida slams the door shut on this contest when Aleksander Barkov nets an empty net goal, his 29th of the year, as the Panthers down the Canadiens 7-4.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Don’t give up a lot of goals and then have to worry about playing catch up. Games can’t be won going down three goals, then scoring three straight, just to give up three unanswered again. Defence needs to play better going into a game against a very dangerous Carolina Hurricanes team.

Next Contest: Thursday, March 31st at Carolina Hurricanes

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Thursday, March 31st: Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes

Game Recap: In Raleigh, the Habs face off against a very dangerous Hurricanes squad. In the first, Carolina takes the 1-0 lead when Sebastian Aho scores a power play goal, his 31st goal of the year, and then the Canes take the 2-0 lead when Andrei Svechnikov scores his 26th of the year. In the second, Teuvo Teravainen strikes for his 17th of the year, to give Carolina the 3-0 lead. In the third, Andrei Svechnikov scores an empty net goal, his second of the night, as Carolina shuts out Montreal with the 4-0 win.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Defence, Defence, Defence. This was a poorly played defencive game on all sides for Montreal.

Next Contest: Saturday, April 2nd at Tampa Bay Lightning

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Saturday, April 2: Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes

Game Recap: In Tampa, the Canadiens and Lightning due battle for the final time in the 2021-22 season and in the first period, the Lightning take the 1-0 lead after Steven Stamkos nets his 32nd of the year. After that, Anthony Cirelli goes on to score his 15th on the year, a shorthanded goal, to give Tampa bay the 2-0 lead. In the second period, Cole Caufield strikes with his 15th of the year to get the Habs on the board but Tampa Bay re-takes the two goal lead when Nikita Kucherov scores a power play goal, his 12th of the year. Then, Montreal comes within a goal once more when Corey Schueneman scores his second of the year and then the Canadiens tie the game when Josh Anderson scores his 17th of the year. The Bolts then re-take the lead once more after Brayden Point scores his 27th of the year, a power play goal. In the third, Montreal makes it a 4-4 tie game once Jesse Ylonen strikes with his second of the year. Nick Suzuki scores the lone goal in the shootout session as the Canadiens knock off the Lightning for the 5-4 win.

Areas to Focus On Going Into Next Contest:  Try not to fall behind again. Montreal got lucky with this one but as the season is starting to come to an end, it may not be a bad idea to start putting the limelight on the younger players in the Habs system.

Next Contest: Tuesday, April 5th vs. Ottawa Senators

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Tuesday, April 5th: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens, 7p EDT
Thursday, April 7th: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils, 7p EDT
Saturday, April 9th: Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (Hockey Night in Canada), 7p EDT

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