Habs Recap: Super Bowl Weekend

The Habs returned from their break and bye week with a matinee game against the New Jersey Devils. Jesperi Kotkaniemi put the Habs on the board first but two late penalties in the first period allowed the Devils’ Will Butcher to tie the game. The Habs dominated SOGs in the second period in the midst gaining a one goal lead scored by Philip Danault at 16:33. The boys holding their one goal advantage through half of the third up until the Devils’ Nico Hischier scored tying the game once again (2-2). The game moves on to overtime where Max Domi ripped an early shot that striked just where the post and cross bar meet unable to end this OT early. Mistakes by defence allowed Nico Hischier to once again fly by and fire one past Niemi giving the Devils the overtime win (3-2). The Habs were unable to capitalize on any of their three power plays throughout the game. Although a loss, the one overtime point gave the Canadiens the edge against the Bruins, passing them for third in the Atlantic division.

Sunday, while most were gearing up for the Super Bowl game, the Canadiens were playing their second game in two days against the Edmonton Oilers. An eventful first starting out with the Habs gaining an early lead with a power play goal scored by Shea Weber. The Habs were gifted with another power play in the first period, though went smoother than usual, they were unable to capitalize. Max Domi was sent to the box for goaltender interference, the Oilers able to squeeze in a goal past Carey Price tying the game 1-1. Second period started with Domi putting the Habs up (2-1) quickly with a wrap around goal. Near the middle of the second Jordie Benn got caught hooking forcing the Habs to a kill which ended in Connor McDavid making this a tie game (2-2) once again. Another penalty taken by Domi for roughing allowed the Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl to give them the edge going into the third (3-2). Most of the third period was tight and scoreless until Jesperi Kotkaniemi was able to get one in tying it for the Habs (3-3). The rest of the third wasn’t enough as the game headed to overtime once again. Price able to shut down a close 2 on 1 shot attempt by McDavid. The game ended with a goal by Jonathan Drouin goal winning the Habs the two points to put them back in the top three of the Atlantic after the Bruins shutout the Capitals earlier on Sunday.



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