The Canadian wins an offensive festival against the Devils

48 hours after a loss to the Senators, the Canadiens were back on the road to face another low-ranking team as they crossed swords with the Devils in New Jersey.

Some changes to the formation of the Habs: Paul Byron (injured), Justin Barron (injured) and Jordan Harris (left out) gave way to Tyler Pitlick, Chris Wideman and Kale Clague.

For the Devils, it looked like this:

It was the Canadian who opened the scoring, while a fine sequence initiated by Rem Pitlick and Cole Caufield allowed Nick Suzuki to score his 19th goal of the campaign.

A few minutes later, Jake Evans unleashed a cannonball. This excellent one-timer shot allowed him to reach the 10-goal plateau this season.

The Devils however responded quickly, while an old acquaintance of CH, Tomas Tatar, reduced the deficit by half.

Despite everything, the CH still retired to the locker room with a two-goal lead because of this sublime pass from Suzuki which allowed Caufield to escape. Do I really need to tell you what ensued?

In the second, the Devils continued to work to reduce the deficit in which they were plunged. AJ Greer scored his first goal for the Devils to bring the two teams within a goal.

But once again, the CH took advantage of a two-goal lead at the end of a period, courtesy of a fine pass from Chris Wideman and a good job of perseverance from Joel Armia to allow the latter to score.

And in the third, you shouldn’t be late to see the first goals of the period. After 71 seconds, Chris Wideman found the back of the net.

Then, 15 seconds later, Christian Dvorak managed to escape. A goal later, the score was 6-2 Montreal and Andrew Hammond’s night’s work was over.

And as if this game needed more twists, the Devils replied less than 30 seconds later. For those who keep track, that’s three goals in less than two minutes of play.

After a (strangely long) nine-minute goalless break, Jesper Bratt made sure to get the ball rolling to bring his side back to within two goals.

However, two minutes later, Kale Clague offered a rather bizarre goal which mysteriously made its way behind Nico Daws. Never too many goals, as they say.

It finally ended like this in a rather chaotic match, but still entertaining.

Final score: 7-4 Montreal

The Canadiens will return to action on Saturday night when they will be in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.

Extension

– The Canadian was somewhat saved by the Devils’ difficulties in front of the net tonight. Martin St-Louis’ troops were outshot in shots on goal (37-25 Devils) and they had a tough time, especially in the second period. Another proof that no matter how good your players are on the ice, you are only as good as your goalie.

– Kale Clague and Chris Wideman each had three points tonight. Speaking of Wideman, his offensive production has been downright elite level among NHL defensemen for the past few weeks.

– Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield have (again) demonstrated flashes pure genius tonight, especially in the first half. Caufield’s goal was a perfect example of the brilliance of the two young players.

– Encouraging figures.

– The CH now points to 30th place in the general classification. If the Kraken win their game tonight, however, the Habs will drop to 31st place.

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