The CH is officially eliminated from the playoffs
PHILADELPHIA | It was virtually settled for several weeks, but it is now confirmed: there will be no playoffs this spring, Montreal.
By lowering the flag 3 to 2, this Tuesday evening, in a Wells Fargo Center having the appearance of a funeral parlour, the troop of Martin St-Louis can no longer mathematically join the last rank giving access to the spring tournament in the Association of the 'Is.
In this losing cause, Brendan Gallagher and Rafaël Harvey-Pinard hit the mark.
This game without stakes was so boring that no one will want to watch it again.
Except maybe Sean Farrell's family. Just a few days after signing his first professional contract, the young forward had the opportunity to play his first game in the NHL.
“It's a dream come true. I was very excited, ”said the 21-year-old athlete, used for just over 13 minutes.
Sent into the fray without even being able to take part in a single training session, Farrell formed a trio with Jonathan Drouin and Denis Gurianov.
“He didn't have a rehearsal, so I imagine that he thought a lot on the ice. And that's normal. But he did it well, said Drouin. Our trio was not very creative. He was not allowed to show his potential.
Jordan Harris made a spectacular glide when he came into contact with Morgan Frost before goaltender Cayden Primeau grappled on the washer.
Farrell was not the only young player to benefit from an opportunity to assert himself. Called up from the Laval Rocket on Monday, Cayden Primeau got his first start of the season.
Back in the city where he grew up, the American was pretty solid, repelling 24 of 26 shots he faced. Morgan Frost, on two occasions, was the only Flyers player to beat him.
“He was very good. He was our best player, opined Brendan Gallagher. It was a symbolic match for him in this building. »
Owen Tippett then completed the scoring in an empty net.
What we noticed…
Since his recall on January 17, Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has led all NHL forwards with 54 blocked shots. And sometimes it hurts more than others. He is likely to feel the impact of Rasmus Ristolainen's slap shot on his left foot for a few days. Despite the pain and the inability to move, he had to remain on the playing surface to help his teammates kill a penalty. Seconds later, Morgan Frost hit the target. The Quebecer was left for a visit of a few minutes to the locker room.
ANOTHER GOAL FOR GALLAGHER
Since it is falling apart, one wonders how many good seasons remain in the body of Brendan Gallagher. We can count on the fiery attacker to go to the end of his resources. On Tuesday, he moved the ropes in his third straight game.
Kirby Dach was originally scheduled to face the Flyers. However, he had to forfeit some 90 minutes before the start of the match. The Canadian said he suffered an upper body injury. We can assume that the Habs forward was still suffering from the severe cross-check that Peyton Krebs hit him in Buffalo in overtime.
LITTLE EXPERIENCE IN FRONT OF THE NET
The Canadiens were not alone in having an inexperienced goalkeeper in front of his net. On the side of the Flyers, in the absence of Carter Hart, we trusted Felix Sandstrom for whom it was the 20th game of his career. Just like Cayden Primeau, by the way.
+ Jake EvansIn a game where the Habs allowed three goals, Evans finished the night at 1 He did a great job on the penalty kill He also gave his teammates possession time by winning 12 of his 19 faceoffs ( 63) – Mike HoffmanAs is too often the case, the striker spent his evening avoiding heavy traffic and places where his can get hot In addition, he was unable to use his shooting, his main quality He did not put Felix Sandstrom to the test only twice
3Premiere periodNo goalsPenalties: No penaltiesSecond period1-Phi: Morgan Frost (15) (Hayes, Ristolainen)3:41
2-Mon: Brendan Gallagher (7) (Unassisted)9:39Penalties: Gurianov ( Mon) 1:39, Matheson (Mon) 17:59 Third Period 3-Phi: Morgan Frost (16) (York)17:45
4-Phi: Owen Tippett (22) (Unaided)FD -18:14
5-Mon: Rafaël Harvey-Pinard (13) (Evans, Ylonen)19:37Penalties: No penaltiesShoots on goalMontreal 14 – 9 – 6 – 29 Philadelphia 8 – 11 – 8 – 27Guardians :Mon: Cayden Primeau Phi: Felix Sandstrom (G, 2-10-2)Powered Advantages:Mon: 0 in 0, Phi: 0 in 2Referees: Conor ODonnell, Gord DwyerLinesmen:CJ Murray, Derek NansenASSISTANCE:18,916 Morgan Frost★Felix Sandstrom★★ Cam York★★★