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Sports In the Habs' Room: Veteran Corey Perry makes waves in debut with a goal

02:51  25 january  2021
02:51  25 january  2021 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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Perry ’s goal came 11:42 into the second period after Canucks defenseman Olli Juolevi rang a shot off the post. Montreal’s Ben Chiarot found the puck NOTES: A pair of veteran defensemen returned to Vancouver’s lineup. Alex Edler slotted back in after missing Thursday’s tilt with an undisclosed injury

Corey Perry scored in his debut for the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday — even if putting the puck in the back of the net wasn't exactly his aim at the time. Midway through the second period, the veteran right-winger slid a puck through the crease and saw it glide through the pads of Vancouver netminder

a hockey game in the snow: Canucks' Quinn Hughes (43) and Tyler Myers (57) check Canadiens' Corey Perry (94) in the third period at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. © Provided by The Gazette Canucks' Quinn Hughes (43) and Tyler Myers (57) check Canadiens' Corey Perry (94) in the third period at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021.

He had to wait to make his debut as a Canadien, but Corey Perry was a perfect fit as he helped Montreal wrap up its season-opening, six-game road trip with a 5-2 win over the Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday night.

The 35-year-old Perry was called up from the taxi squad to replace the injured Joel Armia and he slipped seamlessly onto the line with Tyler Toffoli and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

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Corey Perry scored in his first game with Montreal and the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Saturday night to conclude a stellar season-opening Montreal’s Ben Chiarot found the puck deep in Vancouver territory and took off, dishing a pass to Perry in the neutral zone. The veteran right-winger

“It was good to get in and get our feet wet,” Perry said. “The first couple of shifts, I turned the puck over once, but once you get in the flow of the game it was good. I’ve played a few games in this league and it comes back quickly and I felt good. I played with some pretty good players tonight.”

Perry scored a goal to put the Canadiens up 2-0 in the second period. He was on an odd-man rush and it appeared he might have been trying to pass to Kotkaniemi when the puck was deflected by a defenceman and went through Braden Holtby’s pads.

“I’ll always say I wanted to shoot, but I saw (Kotkaniemi) going back door and I think the goal went in off the defenceman,” Perry said. “He made a great play going back post and it opened up the way for me.”

Perry said he wasn’t surprised odd-man rushes have been the Canadiens’ bread and butter in the early going.

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Corey Perry scored in his first game with Montreal and the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Perry was promoted off the taxi squad to replace Joel Armia, who was concussed by a hit from Montreal also got goals Saturday from Nick Suzuki, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Joel Edmundson.

Corey Perry scored in his first game with Montreal and the Canadiens beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 The veteran right-winger slid a shot through Holtby's pads at the other end of the rink. NOTES: A pair of veteran defensemen returned to Vancouver's lineup. Alex Edler slotted back in after missing

“It’s good back pressure, it’s a good system, a good gap from our D and good defensive zone coverage,” Perry said. “We’ve always been saying we’re big and we’re quick and it shows.”

The Kotkaniemi line was on fire in the first two games against Vancouver, scoring seven of Montreal’s 12 goals.

“They’re highly skilled players who see the ice well and they’re playing really well, and I just wanted to continue to help them along,” Perry said.

Perry is excited about the young centres Nick Suzuki and Kotkaniemi.

“I skated wth Nick in London over the break and I knew what he was all about,” Perry said. “He has skill, he has vision, he has finish. He’s the real deal. l didn’t know much about K-K, but I knew he was coming into his own and he’s impressed me.”

The team’s depth is reflected in the statistics. Every skater has registered at least one point and Paul Byron and Phil Danault are the only forwards without a goal.

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Corey Perry and Michel Frolik have been waiting in the wings and it’s possible they could both be in the lineup because Paul Byron might not be available. In that game, the Canucks scored three power-play goals on six opportunities. Montreal was shorthanded five times Thursday and gave up a

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Joel Edmundson scored an empty-netter, but his biggest contribution came when he dropped the gloves wth Tyler Myers . He was seeking retribution for Myers’ hit Thursday on Armia, who suffered a concussion.

“I just went up to him and asked him if he would give me one and he said yes,” Edmundson said, when asked about a short discussion the two had during the warmup.

“It was really short,” said Edmundson, who trains with Myers in Kamloops in the off-season. “The first shift we were out there together it happened. Our team wasn’t a big fan of the hit and he stepped up. He didn’t back away and you have to respect that, but we’re still not a fan of the hit.”

The win gave the Canadiens a 4-0-2 record to start the season, which has coach Claude Julien happy, but cautious.

“I felt good about our group from the get-go,” Julien said. “I said openly I think we have a good team and it’s just putting it together. But, having said that, I’m not going to sit here and say I’m satisfied. I love the fact we took 10 out of 12 points on this road trip, but there are still things we have to work on.”

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