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Sports In the Habs' Room: Line juggle pays off for Julien with late winner against Rangers

12:07  07 december  2019
12:07  07 december  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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 Canadiens’ Nate Thompson (second from left) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:53 of the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1.© Bruce Bennett Canadiens’ Nate Thompson (second from left) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:53 of the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1.

NEW YORK — A third-period juggling act paid dividends for the Canadiens on Friday as Nate Thompson scored the winning goal with 1:07 to play to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Midway through the period, Claude Julien shortened his bench and he moved Thompson from the fourth line into the middle of a line with Nick Cousins on left wing and Nick Suzuki on the right side.

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Coach Claude Julien juggled his forward lines and, with the Canadiens playing their second game in as many nights, he tried to use four lines and balance Otto Leskinen received a passing grade for his work in a limited role in his NHL debut Thursday, but the Rangers tied the game early in the second

They were playing their third shift together when Suzuki and Cousins combined to clog a Rangers rush up the middle and the Canadiens were off on a counter-attack that produced the winning goal.

“It was great for (Cousins) and Zuke to stop that play in the middle, and we just took off,” Thompson said. “I got on my horse and went to the back of the net and he made a good play, and the puck went right to me and I slammed it home.”

Julien said he was concerned about puck possession when he put the line together.

 Canadiens’ Nate Thompson (second from left) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:53 of the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1.© Bruce Bennett Canadiens’ Nate Thompson (second from left) celebrates his game-winning goal at 18:53 of the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in New York City. The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 2-1.

“You’re late in the game, I put a centreman (Thompson) that’s very reliable who’s a lefty and you’ve got Suzuki, who slides to the right who can take faceoffs, who was good on the faceoff circle, too, tonight, especially on his strong side,” Julien said when asked about the rationale for the change.

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“So you just want to make sure that if there’s an icing or something late in the game, you’re not caught with the wrong guys out there on the ice,” he said. ” And there’s no doubt there’s the experience of Cousins there with those two guys, and it was just a line I put together to make sure I had the right people on at that time.”

Thompson described the change as a reunion.

“We had some chemistry when we played together before and we were excited to be together again,” Thompson said. “We were joking that we were reunited and we said ‘lets make something happen’ and we did.”

It was only the second win in the last 11 games for the Canadiens, who have a 2-6-3 record in that span, but they are back in second place in the Atlantic Division with 32 points. They are one point ahead of Florida and Buffalo, although both teams hold games in hand.

“This win was big,” Thompson said. “I think the last little while, our compete level has been good. There’s been a little bit of puck luck that’s not gone our way. But we wanted to stick to it and I think we did that tonight, we played a full 60 minutes.”

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  In the Habs' Room: 'We let their most dangerous player get behind us' BOSTON — Claude Julien was not a happy camper after the Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Sunday night at the TD Garden. The Bruins took the lead on a third-period power-play goal by David Backes, and Julien took exception to the holding call against Nick Cousins that gave the Bruins the advantage. “I thought we played really, really well, but the penalty call behind the net changed the outcome of the game,” Julien said. “It was unfortunate. It was a bad call. (Torey) Krug’s stick is stuck under his own player. In a 1-1 hockey game, you got to make sure when you make those calls, and I’m pissed off at the way it was handled.

Julien noted that during the team's rough patch in November, Price was perhaps getting hung out to The mood in the room following the win was understandably jovial given what the Habs have been The Canadiens have the day off on Saturday and resume practicing at the Bell Sports Complex in

Coach Claude Julien did a little line juggling for this game and Shaw was on a line with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin. “We got some life when (Paul Byron) scored in the third period, but we couldn’t finish. We brought that frustration into tonight’s game.”

This was a classic goaltending duel, with Carey Price stopping 29 of 30 shots, while Alexandar Georgiev made 32 saves. It was far different from the Nov. 23 meeting at the Bell Centre, which saw the Rangers rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Canadiens 6-5 .

“I don’t think either team was happy with the goals against the last round,” Price said. “So back-to-back games, guys were definitely being on the more safe side of things tonight.

“We did a good job on our side of the puck, especially since we were in a back-to-back situation,” Price said. “We did a good job of back-checking, which is not fun.”

The Canadiens also did a good job of killing two penalties, and a lot of that success was due to Price, who faced seven shots while playing shorthanded.

“That was a big game-changer for us, a momentum changer,” Price said.

The Canadiens are still 29th in the league in penalty-killing, but they have allowed only one power-play goal in the past five games.

“It takes a lot of perfect games to get that percentage up, but the important thing is that we’re starting to do the right things,” Price said.

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