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GAME #7 – A NIGHT OF FIRSTS – Canadiens-4 Minnesota-0 (Oct. 17, 2019)

It’s that age-old chicken/egg question. Were the Canadiens that good in their 4-0 win or was Minnesota that bad?

Respectfully I submit, they were that bad. And not surprisingly bad. With this loss Minnesota has started the season with one win in seven games. For the Canadiens all it took was those three goals in the span of 4:46 late in the first period. The rest of the game Minnesota managed only 11 shots on goal, making Carey Price’s 45th career shutout a walk in the park.

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GAME #6 – COSTLY BREAKDOWN – Tampa Bay-3 Canadiens-1 (Oct. 15, 2019)

For the game’s first sixteen minutes the Canadiens were pretty good. For the next seven minutes they weren’t. By the time they regained form against the Tampa Bay Lightning it was too late.

Those seven minutes are a microcosm of what seems to be off-the-rails through the early part of the season.

Sloppy defensive work on the Lightning’s first goal. Poor penalty killing on their second followed by a bad line change and questionable goaltending on the third.

Three goals in a span of 1:28 spread over the first and second period. As a result the Canadiens suffer a 3-1 loss to a Tampa team that looked beatable.

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GAME #5 – ADJUSTMENTS PAY OFF – Canadiens-6 St. Louis-3 (Oct. 12, 2019)

After Thursday night’s fiasco against Detroit the Canadiens had gone four-deep into the season without a win in regulation time. The peanut gallery was starting to get restless.

I’m sure the coaches were tempted to shake up the roster. Instead Claude Julien opted for two small adjustments. On defence, he elevated brought Brett Kulak out of the press box and re-united him with Jeff Petry. Ben Chiarot moved down to the third pairing. He also moved Jordan Weal to the Max Domi line and dropped 20 year old rookie Nick Suzuki to the fourth line. Minimalist adjustments that turned the Thursday home ice fiasco into a dominant 6-3 win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. In hockey little things do mean a lot.

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GAME #3 A POINT THE HARD WAY – Buffalo-5 Canadiens-4 (Overtime) Oct. 9, 2019

We’re only three games into the season and the only way to describe the Canadiens is a work-in-progress.

Three road games: all decided in overtime. At one point in each of the three games, the Canadiens trailed by two goals and came back. The last two games they trailed by two in third period and forced overtime.

The fact the Canadiens came home with four of a possible six points papers over some glaring early season warts.

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