MONTREAL – Two teams struggling in the standings, two clubs that had lost their last six games and two organizations that will have to press the right buttons to orchestrate their recovery. But the Canadian was defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers who won this duel, 6 to 3.
Here are our observations of this evening when there are now only four games left in the Habs season.
The Canadian loses against a similar opponent
Whether looking at different statistics or the current status of each team, there are several similarities between the Canadiens and the Flyers. And you will have understood that it is not for positive reasons.
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This is why Martin St-Louis risks digesting this result badly even if the result of the season no longer matters in the final stretch of the calendar.
Beaten in its last six outings, the St. Louis proteges did not take advantage of the visit of the Flyers to get a positive momentum to end the year.
“We had good times anyway, but not enough. Our execution wasn’t there much as was our recognition of the game to choose from. We were a little slow to read the game and when we got there, we didn’t execute too well which led to several turnovers,” said St-Louis.
Even though the Canadiens would have lost 6-2 if referee Éric Furlatt hadn’t made a mistake when he told Flyers coach Mike Yeo that he couldn’t contest a goal scored by Mike Hoffman (his first in 22 games) when Brendan Gallagher gave him the disc with a hand pass.
“Obviously I knew what I had done and we got lucky on this one. It’s just that the ref didn’t see what happened, I felt it was worth a try. I figured we wouldn’t get a power play for the rest of the game. Then they set the tone for the rest of the game,” Gallagher commented.
Not a sparkling night from Price
So that means Carey Price finally got offensive support for the first time in three games. Two goals is rarely enough to win games, but Price would still have had to be more solid to aspire to victory.
CH and Price lose in a disjointed match
After two convincing performances, Price was less alert on two and maybe even three Flyers goals. Rather rare, he missed a trip behind his net which led to the first goal (that of James van Riemsdyk) and he was ordinary on the successes of Oskar Lindblom and Travis Konecny.
Recall that Price had not played two games in a row since a Stanley Cup final that seems so far away. The proof that, even with such talent, you have to hunt rust.
Harvey-Pinard attracts attention in his own way
In his first career game in a CH uniform at the Bell Centre, it was not surprising to see Rafaël Harvey-Pinard go full speed ahead and get in front of the net.
A good first game in Montreal for Harvey-Pinard
The combative attacker made some interesting plays including checks. But he truly displayed his usefulness on Jake Evans’ goal. Well positioned in front of goalkeeper Martin Jones, RHP gave Evans more leeway to deflect Jeff Petry’s shot.
“I would say average. I’m happy with my game in the first two periods, but I’m really not happy with the third. I know that I am capable of giving even more,” analyzed Harvey-Pinard.
If his parents couldn’t attend this game, they can make up for it many times since his tenacity should help him get out of the American Hockey League.
“You see the details are very good in his game. He’s a hockey player and I liked what I saw,” commented the coach.
One of Petry’s good matches
Petry wants to end the season on a high
In a laborious season, we can say without being mistaken that Petry was the author of an interesting performance.
Finding, the time of a match for the moment, his ease in his offensive involvement, Petry created opportunities for his partners.
“The results are the most important and we are going through a difficult period. But for me and many players, we are trying to progress. I want to make sure I finish the year strong after a not-so-good start. For most of the season, I haven’t been the player I was. So I’m trying to find my game in the final stretch, ”reacted Petry.
If Anderson could thread the needle
Josh Anderson may well have had a long face during the game. The partner of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield could once again have changed the pace of the game, but he squandered golden chances.
Anderson has to settle for just one goal in nine games and he must be eager to turn the tide.
Let us add in passing that the Canadian could have scored three or four times, at least, in numerical inferiority. Tyler Pitlick was the last to miss his chance, hitting the horizontal bar in the final third. A little opportunism would have been beneficial for the CH. This is also true for Mike Hoffman’s shot, this time on the power play, which hit two posts.
A small positive, Cole Caufield halted his five-game pointless streak with a lucky goal late in the game.
For its last four games, the Habs will play Saturday in Ottawa, Sunday against Boston as well as next Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, and finally, next Friday against the Panthers.
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