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Sports About Last Night: The Canadiens shut down two MVPs in McDavid and Draisaitl

17:17  19 january  2021
17:17  19 january  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Take in this stat line through 120 minutes played: One assist, 12 shots on net and a plus/minus of -4.

a person wearing a uniform: New Canadiens goalie Jake Evans stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Oilers Wednesday night in Edmonton. © Provided by The Gazette New Canadiens goalie Jake Evans stopped 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Oilers Wednesday night in Edmonton.

What would the hockey world say about a player who put together those totals through two games? Not much.

But because these totals belong to past Hart Trophy winners Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, they are worth focusing on.

That stat line above is what those two superstar players had against the Montreal Canadiens through their last two meetings, including a 3-1 Canadiens victory over the Oilers Monday night in Edmonton.

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While both players sometimes flashed their speed and strength and managed to get chances on goal, their offensive production was stymied by the Canadiens’ defensive efforts and sharp goaltending from Jake Allen Monday night. He nearly earned a shutout, similar to Carey Price’s performance Saturday night.

The Canadiens already drew rave reviews for imposing their fast and physical style of play in the early inches of the 56-game regular season-long crawl. Neutralizing McDavid and Draisaitl in back-to-back games, a pair who combined for nine points through two games against the Vancouver Canucks to start their season, is nothing short of impressive.

In fact, it was downright essential.

“When we came here we knew that the only chance we had at winning here in Edmonton was to make sure that those guys were not an impact on the game,” Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said. “We didn’t necessarily decide to really sit on top of those guys but I think we did a good job of getting on them quick, getting some good angles and getting in their way, slowing them down.

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The Blues scored two empty-net goals, but Schwartz didn’t feast on either of them. McDavid scored another highlight reel against the Canadiens , rendering Max Domi and his McDavid and Leon Draisaitl became the sixth set of teammates during the last 30 years to reach 60+ points prior before

“I know they had some great chances on the power play in those two games as well and our goaltender came up big. So, there’s a lot of things we did well against them. The reason we’re coming out of here with four points is probably because we were able to really nullify that 1-2 punch that can win games on their own.”

Centres Nick Suzuki and Phillip Danault, of course, have earned praise for their roles in going against Edmonton’s two-headed monster

But save some praise for Jake Evans as well.

He contributed to his team’s total shut down of Edmonton’s two stars despite playing under 10 minutes Monday night. Almost half of that time was spent on the penalty kill, which was a perfect 10-for-10 against the Oilers over the last two games.

Julien clearly trusts Evans if he’s willing to have him defend against McDavid and Draisaitl.

“You hope that’s going to continue as he gains more experience and we move forward,” Julien said. “We’ll be able to utilize him even more in those kinds of situations.”

Canadiens rookie Alexander Romanov impressive on and off the ice

  Canadiens rookie Alexander Romanov impressive on and off the ice If you think rookie Russian defenceman Alexander Romanov’s NHL debut with the Canadiens was impressive, you should have heard him speaking English on Friday. After logging 21:30 of ice time — including 2:58 on the power play and 2:17 short-handed — and picking up an assist on a beautiful breakaway pass to Tomas Tatar in the Canadiens’ 5-4 OT loss to the Maple Leafs Wednesday night in Toronto, Romanov did his first video conference with the Montreal media Friday morning from Edmonton.

Everyone knows the McDavid and Draisaitl pairing is dynamic, as the duo has outscored opponents 76 to 53 since the beginning of the 2016-17 That way, they become significantly more difficult to line match and shut down . I feel so bad for Mcdavid giving it his all meanwhile 4 or 5 plugs a game take the night off. Rattie could have easily had two goals in the last two games but had some bad luck.

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We should note this important fact as well: the Oilers didn’t get much help from anyone against the Canadiens.

Slater Koekkoek and Devin Shore were the only goal scorers for Edmonton through six periods against Montreal. Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen looked shaky between the pipes, allowing eight goals through two games.

Edmonton fans may want to erase these games from their memory. They will also have questions about the construction of their team beyond their two star players.

Montreal fans, however, can feel comfortable knowing their team had no problem putting two of the best players in the world in their back pocket.

So, how lit was the Liveblog last night?

Come see for yourself! Everyone who participated was elated once Alexander Romanov scored his first NHL goal. But some had questions about the Edmonton Oilers power play

Bonus:

Stu Cowan: A weird but wonderful night as Canadiens return to Bell Centre .
Weird. That’s the best word to describe the Canadiens’ home opener Thursday night against the Calgary Flames with no fans at the Bell Centre. Everything about the night was weird. It was weird with no traffic jam around the building before the game, and I missed seeing the regular parking-lot attendant who always does such a great job directing cars and people trying to get into the Bell Centre. It was also weird that it only cost $15 to park instead of $38. It was weird wearing a mask and sitting socially distanced in a press box that was less than half full. The red and blue canvases used to cover up the lower-bowl seats were weird.

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