RDS and RDS Direct present the game between the Jets and the Canadiens
MONTREAL – Samuel Montembeault does not intend to give up during the last stretch of the season to forget the Canadian. The 25-year-old goaltender had another small feat in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Here are our observations of this evening when there were only 10 games left on the Habs schedule.
Montembeault deserves the crowd chanting his name
If there were few winners in this laborious season of CH, Montembeault certainly ranks among the exceptions. The number 35 of the Montreal troupe once again limited the damage against a more threatening opponent who could not afford to escape points in the race for the playoffs.
After having shone on a few occasions in the first period, Montembeault released his great game during the middle period. And the highlight of his show was his left leg steal from Nikolaj Ehlers with a split.
With a name easier to chant, the crowd would have reserved an even more imposing tribute to him. But Montembeault will remember above all that he has won a lot of points this year. It’s hard to predict what will happen in net for the Canadiens for next season, but Montembeault has proven he deserves the trust of an NHL team.
Evgeny Svechnikov was still able to score the winning goal at his expense with 8:59 to go. Svechnikov and Pierre-Luc Dubois, who were teammates under colleague Marc-André Dumont with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, joined forces on this goal. The last goal was threaded into an empty net.
Anderson returns with Suzuki and Caufield and he counts his 100th
In a logical world, it’s a no-brainer that Josh Anderson would be Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield’s regular partner. Except that Anderson hasn’t been convincing enough recently so he lost that role to Rem Pitlick.
On the other hand, Pitlick screwed up defensive implications in this game and St-Louis reacted by replacing Anderson on the right of the first line during the second period.
The tall right-hander was quick to thank his coach with a scoring chance and an effective check. The real harvest came in the third period when he tied the game, 2-2, by deflecting a Jeff Petry shot. It was his 100th NHL goal.
When Armia decides to get involved
For a small player as combative and determined as Martin St-Louis, it must sometimes be terribly frustrating to watch Joel Armia.
But it was not a night of this category against the Jets. The Finn exposed the talent he too often hides. In addition to scoring their first goal early in the second period, Armia produced some very interesting plays. A set-up leading to a Brendan Gallagher scoring chance is believed and Armia was also frustrated by goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
No doubt, with his expensive contract, the NHL teams will not rush to him this summer like Quebecers will invade the sugar shacks this weekend. But if Armia could play consistently, he would be a more than decent addition to any line.
Besides, the combination with Gallagher and Christian Dvorak created more than one threat.
The other Barron shines against his brother’s team
Too bad for the Barron family, but it was a missed date. Injured, Justin Barron could not face his brother Morgan.
The new Jets forward was no less motivated, however. While his Justin had to play spectator, Morgan may have played his best in the NHL and it was, at least, his first with a harvest of more than one point (1 goal, 1 assist). With a little more luck, he would have added to his production.
Schueneman and Harris are doing well
Gathered on the third duo on the blue line, Corey Schueneman and Jordan Harris held their end against the Jets.
Schueneman therefore found himself on the right side to leave Harris on his natural side. Without being overused, the two defenders orchestrated some offensive sequences for their club and they were not on the ice when the opposing goals were scored.
The organization of the Canadiens took advantage of the evening to pay tribute to the Concordia Stingers women’s team, Canadian champions.
More details to come.
Petry’s shot deflects off Anderson and it’s 2-2!
Svechnikov thwarts Montembeault, the Jets forward
Montembeault puts on a show!
Stastny gives visitors the lead
Morgan Barron brings everyone even
Joel Armia opens the scoring in 2nd
Another flight signed Monty!