Habs Recap: Week Of February 10th

Habs Recap: Week of February 10th

 

2/14/19: Nashville Predators

 

Who doesn’t want to spend Valentine’s Day watching hockey? Especially watching two teams with a brewing rivalry and Shea Weber’s 900th NHL game, let’s roll.

 

The first period started slow until a penalty was given to Brendan Gallagher for high sticking sending the Habs to the kill. No Predators goal on their first power play of the night. Then Ryan Johansen of the Predators was caught holding giving the Habs a power play; which as the power plays have gone as of lately, you already know how this one turned out (if you don’t, they didn’t score.) Yet another penalty would be given out, this time it would be Artturi Lehkonen for holding, Habs to the penalty kill with 5:29 left in the first. The period ended with no goals on each side but, a handful of penalties. The Predators outshooting the Habs 16-7, which is not good. The second would start full strength and no scoring for the first half. This would be until Kevin Fiala of the Predators would get called for tripping sending the Habs to another power play in which the Habs did not use to their full potential keeping the game scoreless. Ryan Hartman of the Predators would start the scoring of the game on a bad giveaway giving the Preds the lead (1-0 Preds) with 10:11 left in the period. The rest of the period once again remained full strength and the Predators leading by one, besides Carey Price completely robbing Viktor Arvidsson on a breakaway. That would do it for the second, the Habs taking over the lead in SOG 29-27 with a clear pace shift but still trailing by one goal. The festivities of the third didn’t start until Dale Weise was sent to the box for high sticking, which means Habs to the penalty kill for the third time. The Habs killed their penalty with a few shorty chances but unfortunately none went in keeping the game 1-0 Predators. TOMAS TATAR would give the Habs their first goal of the night tying the game 1-1. Brian Boyle of the Predators would shortly after regain their lead with 11:24 left in the game (2-1 Preds.) Then, the Preds would answer their own goal with another marker by Viktor Arvidsson making it 3-1 Preds. Roman Josi was called for delay of game, giving the Habs a much needed to capitalize on power play, in which –surprise– they didn’t. Carey Price would be pulled out of the net for an extra attacker, but the game would end with the Predators winning 3-1. SOG Habs: 35, Predators: 38.

 

2/16/19: Tampa Bay Lightning

 

Tampa Bay… the first period would be 5 on 5 until Brett Kulak would be called for tripping sending the Lightning to the power play which isn’t exactly the best idea. Next on the list for penalties would be Tampa Bay’s Dan Girardi “gifting” the Habs a power play, (thanks but they don’t need it.) the first would end scoreless. Carey Price stopping the 8 shots he faced. Another mostly 5 on 5 period through the second until Max Domi and Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde had a bit too much fun and were both sent to the box for roughing. 4 on 4 hockey would end with no goals for either side. Gallagher was able to net one in making the score 1-0 Habs but the goal was challenged for offside, crushing everyone’s dreams and keeping the score 0-0. The third would start immediately with Philip Danault being called for hooking giving Tampa Bay a power play; a power play on which Nikita Kucherov would score, gaining Tampa Bay the lead (1-0 Lightning.) Very soon after they would score again on another bad turnover, Yanni Gourde making it 2-0 Tampa Bay. Nicolas Deslauriers was called for boarding, The Habs would be short handed again at a really bad time. The penalty thankfully would be killed but after Tyler Johnson scored making it 3-0 Tampa Bay. Montreal called for goaltender interference, which went the Habs way with a successful kill, the score remaining 2-0 Tampa Bay still leading. Dale Weise called for roughing with minimal time left in the third, once again not a good time but the Habs would kill it. Tyler Johnson would put it in the net again and this time it would count. The final score on a very one sided third period being 3-0 Tampa Bay. SOG Canadiens: 20, Lightning 37.

 

2/17/19: Florida Panthers

 

Antti Niemi to get the start in the last game in the Florida run. The first period started out fairly fast for the Panthers as their own Aleksander Barkov would get one by Niemi only 4 minutes in (1-0 Panthers.) This game already much different than the last two. Denis Malgin would score again for the Panthers, quickly making it 2-0. Max Domi would earn his 50th point this season by cutting the Panthers lead in half 2-1. The Panthers Frank Vatrano would answer this quickly making it 3-1 Panthers. Antti Niemi would be pulled after this and Carey Price would take over for the remainder of the game. Gallagher put one in starting a comeback chance for the Habs, the score now 3-2 Panthers. The Habs would get a chance at a power play as Mike Hoffman would be called for cross checking. The Habs soon after would get an even bigger chance as Mark Pysyk would be called for high sticking making it 5 on 3. That would do it for a super eventful first period. The second would begin with the Habs finishing a power play with 1:07 remaining; the Habs would not capitalize on this one. Domi with his second goal of the game would tie this game up making it 3-3. Danault would be called for slashing making the Habs short handed. That penalty would be killed until the next, Jonathan Drouin called for slashing. The Panthers would get a power play goal on this one, taking back their lead 4-3. Another eventful period but would still end one goal behind. The third would keep the Panthers lead 4-3 for most of the period. Jonathan Huberdeau would hope to widen it with another goal to make it 5-3 but the Habs would challenge for offside and win. The score remaining 4-3 Panthers. Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers would get them their 5-3 lead soon after. Josh Brown would be called for holding sending the Habs to a pretty much useless power play. Carey Price would be pulled for an extra attacker leaving the net wide open for Sheahan to score in. 6-3 Panthers would be the final score. SOG would be Canadiens: 31, Panthers: 36.

 

This road trip I know fans are going to want to leave behind but hopefully the Habs will learn from them and as the playoffs near, won’t happen again.

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