Canadiens Game Story

GAME #4 – Return to Form – Canadiens-4 Pittsburgh-3 (Overtime) Oct. 13, 2018

Oct 14th, 2018 | By

All four lines chipped in, but Danault/Gallagher/Tatar were outstanding.

Age old question; was there anyone thing you could point to that suddenly turned that line from the ineffective trio we saw against LA into tigers against the Penguins. It was clear Danault was on a mission starting with his first shift. Gallagher quickly got on board along with Tatar. Together Gallagher and Tatar produced 12 shots on goal; 6 apiece. Tatar scored two goals and added an assist, Gallagher a goal and assist.

GAME #3 – NO EXECUTION – Los Angeles-3 Canadiens-0 (Oct. 11, 2018)

Oct 12th, 2018 | By

In his postgame news conference Claude Julien said “We were not on top of our game and it showed.”

After that long pre-game ceremony, the Canadiens never got into the game, certainly not in the first five minutes where they found themselves down 2-0 against a veteran team that knows how to protect a lead.

GAME #2 Speed Wins Out Again – Canadiens-5 Pittsburgh-1 (Oct. 6/2018)

Oct 7th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens have always been noted for their speed. This version of the team has made teams that have their own speed look slow.

Team speed accounted for four of the five goals, two of them by the original speedster Paul Byron. But the early success is not only based on speed but quickness. Pittsburgh could find no solution for the way the Canadiens’ puck movement from their own end and through the neutral zone.

GAME #1 – A Satisfying Point – Toronto-3 Canadiens-2 (Overtime) Oct. 3, 2018

Oct 4th, 2018 | By

The Canadiens did everything they had to do to beat the Leafs in Toronto in the season opener but one thing. They didn’t score enough goals. It’s not an unfamiliar problem.

Still, the game showed a vast departure from the disinterested and ill-prepared Canadiens team that started last season with a backbreaking eight losses in it’s first ten games and bottomed out from there.

Ultimately, it became a 3-2 overtime loss because Toronto has the scoring talent to overcome the reality of being outplayed for most of the night.

PRESEASON #7 – A Flat Finish – Ottawa-3 Canadiens-0 (Sept. 29/2018)

Sep 30th, 2018 | By

For the veterans in the lineup what happened against the Senators meant little or nothing. They’re going to be part of the 23 man roster that will be announced on Monday come rain or come shine. But there were six players in Julien’s lineup Saturday night who were fighting for  one or two available jobs.   Not one of them asserted himself enough to break free of the mediocre pack.   

PRESEASON #6 – “Can’t Keep KK Off The Team” – Julien on Kotkaniemi (Sept. 26/2018)

Sep 27th, 2018 | By

This was the game where we going to find out the level of Kotkaniemi’s play. After being protected and hothoused for four games, against the Leafs he was faced top NHL opposition.

Five-on-five Kotaniemi went up against Leafs centre Austin Matthews and he more than held his own. Once again it was his sixth-sense that stood out – his ability to make the right accurate pass at the right time. The nicest goal of the night was a three-way that went from Kotkaniemi to Mete to Gallagher.

PRESEASON #5 – Minor Leaguers In Abundance as Canadiens beat Toronto 5-1 (Sept. 24/2018)

Sep 25th, 2018 | By

Once again Claude Julien was careful about handling the 18 year old Kotkaniemi. For the fourth time he matched Jesperi Kotkaniemi up against American League calibre opposition, in this case Marlie-bound centres Colin Greening and Trevor Moore. Kotkaniemi had another good night which included an assist on Artturi Lehkonen’s first goal and, he was plus-three.  He was named the game’s third star.

PRESEASON #4 – All Eyes on Jesperi Kotkaniemi (Sept. 22/2018)

Sep 22nd, 2018 | By

Conventional wisdom stated that Canadiens third-overall draft pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi would be given a good look during training camp and then be handed a ticket back to Finland for a final year in the Finnish Liiga.  After all, the kid is barely 18.

PRESEASON #3 – Gallagher Leads Canadiens to 5-2 win at Quebec City (Sept. 20/2018)

Sep 21st, 2018 | By

We all know what Gallagher and Phillip Danault can bring to the party every night. What has been interesting is the way Tomas Tatar has fit into the scheme of things. Gallagher and Danault each had two points but it was Tatar who was rightfully named the game’s first star. 

EXHIBITION #2 Mike Reilly Leads Habs Defence in 5-2 Florida Loss (Sept. 19/2018)

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

The 5-2 loss was predictable. The Florida Panthers had a lineup that included most of their best stars and a lineup that included seven players with over 250 games NHL experience. The Canadiens countered with a rookie laden roster and only three with as much as 250 games in the league. Even so the Canadiens kept the game close until midway through the third period.

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