You couldn't be late for the start of the game at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens scored three goals in the first 12 minutes of play. enough to sign a 5-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks.
Nick Suzuki opened the ball in the 55th second of the game. As for Arber Xhekaj and Kirby Dach, they took advantage of the visitors' defensive largesse to give the Montreal team a comfortable lead.
For the Habs, it was a second victory in less than 24 hours in two different cities.
“I really liked the first half. It's one of the best we've played from start to finish, said Martin St-Louis. In the third, when you're leading by four goals, the most dangerous person is the one with nothing to lose.
“The situation was quite similar to the game against Arizona. You have to learn to play in this type of situation. You have to know how to understand the mentality of the opponent. »
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This meeting allowed Mike Hoffman to stand out. When his touch is there, he is dangerous.
Hoffman scored his third goal in two games in the second period. He beat Thatcher Demko with a nice wrist shot from the side of the shield.
With this type of streak, his market value will increase. He will be more attractive to teams that are looking for a striker of his type.
Too little too late
The Canucks had a two-game game. They were atrocious in the first 30 minutes, but they gave CH fans a cold sweat with two quick goals in the third period.
The result could have been different if some players hadn't forgotten to show up in the first half of the game.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau said his team needed to be more consistent to be successful. This notion is obviously not yet acquired. She will have to learn it as soon as possible.
+ Kirby DachHe is becoming a fixture alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole CaufieldHe has scored two goals, including the insurance goal late in the third periodHe now counts nine points in his last six games – Thatcher DemkoThe Canucks goaltender is having a bad start to the season And it continued against the Canadiens when he was weak on at least two of the opponent's goals He is one of the reasons for the Canucks' defensive setbacks p>
5First period1-Mon: Nick Suzuki (9)
2-Mon: Arber Xhekaj (2)
3-Mon: Kirby Dach (3)
(Without help)12:23Penalties: Pearson (Van) 0:43
Second period4-Mon: Mike Hoffman (4)
(Kovacevic, Dvorak)13:01Penalties: Pearson (Van) 3:41, Myers (Van) 6:56, Ekman-Larsson (Van) 9: 19, Gallagher (Mon) 9:19, Demko (Van) (purged by Nils Hoglander) 9:19, Xhekaj (Mon) 17:09
Third period5-Van: Luke Schenn (1)
6-Van: Nils Hoglander (1)
7-Mon: Kirby Dach (4)
(Suzuki)15: 02Penalties: Guhle (Mon) 11:38 Shots on goalVancouver 7 – 11 – 15 – 33Montreal 12 – 12 – 5 – 29Goalkeepers:Van: Thatcher Demko (P, 1-7-2) Mon: Samuel Montembeault (G, 3-1-1)Numerical Pros: Van: 0 for 2, Mon: 1 for 4< b>Referees:Marc Joannette, Jean Hébert Linesmen:Jonny Murray, Shandor Alphonso ASSISTANCE:21,105 Kirby Dach★Brendan Gallagher★ ★Mike Hoffman★★★
What we noticed…
Montembeault will have to wait
Samuel Montembeault was still solid in front of his cage. Although he had a good cushion, he made many good saves in the third period. At one point, he was thought to be heading for the second shutout of his career. On the other hand, Luke Schenn put an end to the project by thwarting it with a shot from the blue line. He could have had his first shutout since February 23.
Dadonov is trying hard
Sometimes things change quickly in the world of hockey. Left out due to a surplus of attackers in recent weeks, Evgenii Dadonov has made some good offensive breakthroughs while playing on the third line. It was also seen on the second power play unit. A great way to give him visibility in front of recruiters from other NHL teams, including Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.
Gallagher, the little pest
Brendan Gallagher spent the night bothering the Canucks. In the second period, he even came to blows with goalkeeper Thatcher Demko after a scoring chance from Dadonov. In addition to Demko, he had trouble with Oliver Ekman-Larsson on the sequence. The striker also pleased the crowd by blocking a shot from Tyler Myers.
A heartfelt tribute to the military
The Canadian paid a tribute to a few members of the Canadian Armed Forces before the start of the meeting. They received a standing ovation from the Bell Center crowd.