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Sports Canadiens Game Day: Jake Allen expected to make second start in goal

23:19  21 january  2021
23:19  21 january  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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© Provided by The Gazette Jake Allen played 24 games last season with the St. Louis Blues, posting a 2 .15 goals -against average and a .927 save percentage. Jake Allen will make his first start in goal for the Canadiens when they face the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at Rogers Place (9 p.m., TSN 2

Jake Allen made 25 saves in his first game with Montreal, Shea Weber got his first goal of the Ethan Bear played almost 22 minutes a night for the Oilers last season, and was expected to play a big part in Edmonton's plans this year. Jake Allen to make first start with Canadiens on Monday night.

Jake Allen is expected to make his second start in goal for the Canadiens when they face the Canucks Thursday night in Vancouver (9:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

Goalie Jake Allen stopped 25 of 26 shots in his Montreal debut Monday night as the Canadiens beat the Oilers 3-1 in Edmonton. © Provided by The Gazette Goalie Jake Allen stopped 25 of 26 shots in his Montreal debut Monday night as the Canadiens beat the Oilers 3-1 in Edmonton.

Coach Claude Julien didn’t confirm it when asked the question directly during a video conference Thursday morning in Vancouver, but it only makes sense. Reporters are only allowed one question each during game-day video conferences, so there was no chance for a follow-up question to confirm Allen will be in goal.

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two -year contract extension. The deal, which kicks in for the 2021-22 campaign, is worth US$ 2 .875 million The Fredericton native also made five playoff appearances, registering a 2 -1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Claude Julien said Jake Allen made a statement in his first game as a Canadien . “People would start wondering whether he’s the answer but tonight he showed everyone he’s the real deal. “The goal for me coming in this season was to make Carey be the best goalie he can be,” Allen said.

Carey Price was in goal Wednesday night when the Canadiens lost 6-5 to the Canucks in a shootout in the first of back-to-back games in Vancouver

Price is off to an inconsistent start in his first three games this year, which has also been a problem in previous seasons. He allowed five goals on 34 shots in a season-opening 5-4 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto, before making 34 saves in a 3-1 win over the Oilers in Edmonton. Wednesday night, Price allowed five goals on 28 shots (three of them on power plays) and was then beaten twice in four shootout attempts.

Through Wednesday’s games, Price ranked 42nd among NHL goalies in goals-against average (3.50) to start the season and 41st in save percentage (.887) to go along with his 1-0-2 record.

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The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday they acquired goaltender Jake Allen and a 2022 seventh-round pick from the St. Louis Blues for 2020 Now the Canadiens have a goaltender who can play at least 20 games and be expected to win more than half the time, thus ensuring the 33-year-old

The Canadiens have given backup goalie Jake Allen a two -year extension. The Blues are undecided on who will start in goal for Friday's must-win Game 6 against the Canucks. After a flurry of offseason moves, the Blues have become a trendy pick to make some noise in 2018-19.

Allen stopped 25 of 26 shots in his Canadiens debut Monday night as the Canadiens beat the Oilers 3-1 in Edmonton. Allen came close to becoming the first Canadiens backup goalie to earn a shutout since the 2017-18 season, but with 2:09 left in the game he was beaten by Devin Shore on a short-handed breakaway after Jonathan Drouin lost the puck while trying to make a deke at the blue line as the last man back.

There won’t be any other changes to the Canadiens lineup. The Canadiens are only carrying one extra player on the roster, defenceman Victor Mete, and Julien noted that defence wasn’t the problem Wednesday night. It was a case of lack of discipline and too many penalties.

This Game Day notebook will be updated.


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Jake Allen made 25 saves in his first game with Montreal, Shea Weber got his first goal of the season and the Canadiens beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-1 Monday night. Artturi Lehkonen and rookie Alexander Romanov also scored for Montreal, which beat Edmonton for the second time in three nights.

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. Slater Koekkoek and Devin Shore were the only goal scorers for Edmonton through six periods against Montreal. Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen looked

Off-ence! Off-ence!

Offence has not been a problem for the Canadiens this season.

Heading into Thursday night’s game their 17 goals scored were the most in the NHL and they ranked third in average goals per game with 4.25, trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers, who were both averaging 5.0 after playing only two games.

On Wednesday night, the Canadiens battled back from one-goal deficits four times before taking a 5-4 lead when Tyler Toffoli completed his hat trick 3:41 left in the game. But Brock Boeser tied it up for Vancouver only 32 seconds later and the Canucks went on to win in the shootout.

“It’s unfortunate,” Toffoli said after the game. “I don’t think that was our best game overall as a team. I think we let them stay in it. Gave them a lot of power plays and, obviously, their power play’s really good. It’s a tough loss.”

Despite taking six penalties and giving up three power-play goals, the Canadiens still had a chance to win in overtime and the shootout.

“We didn’t lose the game because of dumb penalties … we lost it in the shootout,” Julien said after the game. “But, at the same time, I’ve just said it I don’t know how many times already, we need to be a little bit more disciplined in those situations. Because beside maybe (Brett) Kulak’s penalty every other one of them were well deserved and that’s on us.”

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What’s next?

The Canadiens will wrap up their three-game series against the Canucks on Saturday (7 p.m., CBC, CITY, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5).

After that, the Canadiens will return to Montreal and play their home opener against the Calgary Flames on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). It will be the first of six straight home games.

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About Last Night: Canadiens shut out by a Flames team with more to lose .
It took them eight games but it finally happened: the Montreal Canadiens lost a game in regulation. They are not the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, as some, apparently, might make you believe. So, what led to them suffering a defeat at the hands of Matthew Tkachuk and his friends? The Canadiens just ran into a team that had a bit more to lose. The Calgary Flames entered last night’s game on a three-game losing streak and even held a players-only meeting in an attempt to right their ship. When they stepped onto the Bell Centre ice Saturday night, they played a bit more aggressively than the Canadiens did. Centre Mikael Backlund was lowering his head into opposing centremen.

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