Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Josh Anderson
Jonathan Drouin – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Brett Kulak
Carey Worth – Jake Allen
Michael Frolik, Cayden Primeau, Cole Caufield, Jake Evans, Xavier Ouellet
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Erik Gustafsson (COVID protocol), Jon Merrill (COVID protocol)
Name it a collapse? The Canadiens withstood the Oilers onslaught for half of the third interval however the consequence was inevitable. Regardless of holding a 1-0 with 10 minutes left within the third interval, the Canadiens allowed 4 unanswered objectives, together with three objectives in simply over three minutes to Connor McDavid and firm.
“I’m by no means afraid to tackle two defenders,” mentioned McDavid post-game, describing how he blew between Jeff Petry and Joel Edmundson to attain the game-winner. It was one other tough outing for the defensive pair who have been a mixed minus-6 on the evening.
After Carey Worth had performed a strong, shutout first interval, Jake Allen got here into the sport to start out the second body. Worth suffered an upper-body damage when Alex Chiasson struck him within the head whereas skating via the crease. A aim scored on the play was nullified after evaluation. It ought to be acknowledged that Worth stayed within the internet for the remaining eight minutes within the interval after sustaining the damage.
Allen described his efficiency as “a chaotic recreation.” There was little management or approach at work, notably within the third interval. In desperation, Allen was throwing himself at pucks to make preliminary saves, however was producing quite a few rebounds. The Canadiens for his or her half did a very good job attending to the rebounds to win possession or clear the zone.
However spending all that point taking part in defence took its toll on the Habs means to spend any time in Edmonton’s zone. After sitting again for half of the third interval, Habs couldn’t flip the swap to create offence when the sport was tied.
This was a really bodily recreation with a playoff really feel. The officers’ whistles have been put away for the third interval with not a single penalty referred to as. In that kind of intense atmosphere, the Canadiens received their greatest performances from Eric Staal, Artturi Lehkonen and Alexander Romanov.
The Canadiens path the Oilers by 9 factors with one recreation in hand. The second recreation of the Montreal – Edmonton sequence is scheduled for Wednesday evening.
▲ Alexander Romanov, Artturi Lehkonen, Eric Staal
▼ Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson, Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Oilers: Habs Begin Road Trip