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Sports In the Habs Room: Penalty-killing problems continue in loss to Wild

07:55  21 october  2019
07:55  21 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Canadiens squander strong start, fall 3-1 to Lightning at the Bell Centre

  Canadiens squander strong start, fall 3-1 to Lightning at the Bell Centre The Canadiens played 16 minutes of inspired hockey, but that’s not nearly enough when they’re matched against the high-octane Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay spotted the Canadiens a 1-0 lead, but roared back to score three unanswered goals en route to a 3-1 victory Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens came out strong in the first period and used an aggressive forecheck to keep the play in the Lightning zone. The shots were 8-2 in Montreal’s favour when Yanni Gourde was sent off for slashing Joel Armia and the new and improved Montreal power play went into action.

The Capitals’ penalty kill , which came into the game ranked 25th in the NHL at 71.9 percent, almost killed off that power play; Bouchard scored with three He made three point-blank saves on Oilers star Connor McDavid, who later scored an empty-netter with 1:17 left. The loss dropped the Capitals to

The problem is that if you are not first to the puck and if you don't win your battles in the offensive zone, you fail to maintain puck possession. The loss last night leaves the Habs in ninth place with 55 points. If they had even lost in overtime or a shootout, they would be in sixth with 56 points, but alas.

a hockey game in the snow: Canadiens' Phillip Danault reaches for the puck as Wild's Carson Soucy takes control at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn.© Hannah Foslien Canadiens' Phillip Danault reaches for the puck as Wild's Carson Soucy takes control at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in St. Paul, Minn.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — The Canadiens’ power play is much improved this season, but their penalty-killing is a lot worse.

Both those things were on display in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Canadiens went 1-for-2 on the power play, with Tomas Tatar getting the goal, and they are now clicking at 27.3 per cent for the season, ranking in the top 10 in the NHL. But the Wild went 2-for-5 on their power play and the Canadiens’ penalty-killing now ranks near the bottom of the NHL at 71.0 per cent.

Defence and penalty-kill become black holes for Canadiens

  Defence and penalty-kill become black holes for Canadiens The numbers appears damning. The Canadiens have given up 23 goals during regulation time this season and Shea Weber and/or Victor Mete have been on the ice for 14 of those goals. Weber has been on the ice for the last eight goals scored against the Canadiens. But the team insists there’s no sense of panic as they prepare to close out a four-game homestand with a game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). “There’s been a lot of goals, but last night the first goal (Tampa Bay) scored, we had forwards who could have got the puck out three or four times and they didn’t.

Bad penalties and bad penalty killing is a bad combination. A combination that killed the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild . His rolling glove-save on Zucker in the second was an early highlight-of-the-season candidate and will probably stand up as one from here to April.

BUFFALO — Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot said there’s a lesson to be learned from the team’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday. The game featured another one of those trademark comebacks to force overtime and

Last season, the Canadiens ranked 30th on the power play (13.2 per cent) and were 12th in penalty-killing (80.9 per cent).

Phillip Danault gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead with his second goal of the game at 3:22 of the third period, but Brad Hunt tied it up with the Wild’s second power-play goal of the game at 8:38 before Zach Parise scored the winner at 12:54.

“When you look at the tying goal and what gave them the momentum … we got to start taking less penalties there in the offensive zone,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said about Paul Byron’s holding penalty seven seconds before Hunt scored. “They’ve been killers so far.”

a man in a baseball uniform:  Canadiens’ Keith Kinkaid reacts after a goal by Wild’s Marcus Foligno at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in St Paul, Minn.© Hannah Foslien Canadiens’ Keith Kinkaid reacts after a goal by Wild’s Marcus Foligno at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in St Paul, Minn.

The Canadiens could have been out of this game in the first period, when they were outshot 19-7, but they were only trailing 1-0 on a power-play goal by Jason Zucker thanks to some stellar goaltending from Keith Kinkaid with Carey Price getting the day off following Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Blues in St. Louis .

Canadiens expected to use both goalies in weekend road games

  Canadiens expected to use both goalies in weekend road games ST. LOUIS — Canadiens coach Claude Julien plans to use both his goalies this weekend, but he wasn’t saying after practice Friday in Brossard which order they will play. The Canadiens flew to St. Louis after practice for the start of a busy weekend with road games against the Blues on Saturday (3 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday ( 5 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). The Canadiens flew to St. Louis after practice for the start of a busy weekend with road games against the Blues on Saturday (3 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) and the Minnesota Wild on Sunday ( 5 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

“A penalty at that time of the game is not a penalty you want to take,” Julien said. “If (Drouin) said it’s on him he has reason. In a game like that when we came back to tie it It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Canadiens, although they did pick up points for going to overtime in two of those losses .

The Habs will be looking to move up in the standings while the Panthers, who are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, will look to turn a bad stretch A Habs win coupled with a Capitals loss to the Blues tonight would put Montreal only one point behind Washington for fifth overall.

“I thought again, typical first period, trying to find your legs after playing the day before and your goaltender keeps you in the game and is really, really good,” Julien said. “Then, come out in the second much better, and so we played with the lead. Come out in the third, we outshot them by quite a big margin (14-5), but they made their shots count and we didn’t. Those penalties in the offensive zone end up coming back to bite you. So those are the kind of things that we have to get better at.

“(Kinkaid) was by far our best player tonight,” the coach added. “First period if it wasn’t for him, game might have been over. But he stood tall and made some big saves and gave us a chance here tonight.”

The Canadiens came out strong to start the second period with Tatar scoring his power-play goal at the 2:50 mark and then Danault scoring his first of two only 16 seconds later for a 2-1 lead.

“(Kinkaid) saved us in the first period making some big saves and we came in here (to the locker room) only down one,” defenceman Jeff Petry said. “We said we owe it to him to be better and I thought we had a better second period. Just the PK again, off the draw, a clean one-timer (by Hunt). There’s things that we still need to clean up.”

Stu Cowan: Good and bad, but no ugly so far for Canadiens

  Stu Cowan: Good and bad, but no ugly so far for Canadiens Stu Cowan: Good and bad, but no ugly so far for CanadiensThe Canadiens’ next game will be their 10th when the San Jose Sharks visit the Bell Centre Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) , so here’s an early evaluation of some things that have been good and bad after a 4-3-2 start.

The penalty kill , like just about everything in hockey, is something that thrives on rhythm, and that is certainly missing at this point. Too many times Tuesday night the Ducks were left with great chances, whether it was leaving Mathieu Perreault alone in the slot for the Ducks’ first goal or losing track of

“The penalty kill (wasn’t good), the power play was minus-1 and the 5-on-5 wasn’t any better.” added Julien. “It’s disappointing,” added Brendan Gallagher. You can look at this two ways — it can crush us for a few games and we can show the kind of character we have it this room . Honestly I don’t think

Kinkaid’s biggest save came in the second period when he slid across the crease and made a windmill glove stop on Tucker from close range. It’s definitely an early Save of the Year candidate.

“I saw Carey make that windmill (save) yesterday and (Wild goalie Devan) Dubnyk’s in the highlight reels with that kind of save,” Kinkaid said. “So it’s kind of funny I did it here. I just figured he didn’t shoot it right away, so he tried to get it up. So I just wanted to cover up as much room as I could.”

The Canadiens saw their record fall to 4-3-2, while the Wild improved to 2-6-0. The Canadiens have now lost their last seven games in Minnesota, dating back to 2013. Dubnyk now has a 10-1-1 record in 12 career starts against the Canadiens. Alex Stalock was in goal when the Wild lost 4-0 to the Canadiens last Thursday at the Bell Centre .

Poor defence and penalty-killing sink Habs against nemesis Sharks

  Poor defence and penalty-killing sink Habs against nemesis Sharks San Jose goaltender Aaron Dell had the hot hand and Carey Price did not. That was the story Thursday as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Canadiens 4-2 at the Bell Centre. It was San Jose’s ninth consecutive victory over the Canadiens, whose last win over San Jose was on March 21, 2015. The loss left the Canadiens out of a playoff position with a 4-4-2 record. What is more troubling is that they are 2-3-0 at home with the struggling, but potentially explosive, Toronto Maple Leafs coming to the Bell Centre Saturday. The Montreal defence wasn’t very good and it started with the penalty-kill, which let the Canadiens down once again.

The Wild ’s penalty kill gave up a goal in the first period, but Dubnyk obviously wanted that Rick Nash one back. He scored from the bottom of a faceoff “Frustrating loss , Yeo said, “but it’s a group that cares about each other and is playing for each other. Brodzy’s a guy that’s been sacrificing himself all

Through seven games with the Wild this season, Cooke hadn’t had a penalty entering Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Before the game, Cooke said: “I want to be the guy that’s killing the penalty , not the guy that’s in the box, so it’s about being responsible on the ice.

“I felt good in warmup and I just wanted to keep things close,” Kinkaid said. “We knew they were going to come out hard after what happened in Montreal. They had a closed-door meeting and everything. So we knew it was coming.”

Was Kinkaid satisfied with his own performance?

“I’m never satisfied unless we get the win,” he said. That’s what counts and we didn’t get it. We didn’t win, so I still have things to improve on.”

Not as much as the Canadiens’ penalty-killing unit.

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