Jeff Petry certainly didn’t imagine ending his return to the Bell Center sitting in the penalty box.
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Yet there he was when Kirby Dach gave the Canadiens a dramatic 3-2 win in overtime.
A goal that allowed the Montrealers to defeat the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins and end a short two-game losing streak.
This first goal from Dach in the blue, white and red uniform concluded a brilliant comeback. Down 2-0, after two goals from Evgeni Malkin, Martin St-Louis’ troops fought hard. Even the coach did the part of him withdrawing his goalkeeper with two and a half minutes left in the third period. Seconds later, Cole Caufield tied the game.
In each of their first two games of the season, the Penguins had pulled the strings six times. Given the magnitude of the task that seemed to await their players, St-Louis had advised them to spend as much time as possible in opposing territory.
The pressure and circulation of the puck into enemy territory allowed the locals to often buzz around Casey DeSmith’s net.
The trio of Juraj Slafkovsky, Jake Evans and Mike Hoffman, from whom little was expected, applied these concepts profusely. Ditto for the duo of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, who we had paired up with Sean Monahan.
Two points for Guhle
Thrilled at the thought of being on the same track as Sidney Crosby, Kaiden Guhle quickly came to his senses.
The most used player by St-Louis (24 min 43 sec), mainly against the trio of the famous number 87, the 20-year-old Albertan did wonderfully well. In addition to causing three favorable turnovers, he racked up the first two points of his NHL career.
It was he who set the table for Suzuki’s second goal of the season by giving him the puck with a solid backhand pass into the neutral zone.
He was also an accomplice in Caufield’s equalizing goal.
Love and hate towards Petry
As is customary among players facing their former squad for the first time, jeff petry was presented with his tribute video during the first commercial break. Warmly applauded, the American waved to the crowd. For the rest of the game, the defender received his share of boos, sometimes more noticeable, sometimes muffled in sections of 400. For his part, Ryan Poehling received a more sober welcome. He had to settle for a mention “Welcome back! on the marker.
a rare victory
The objective of kirby race brought a rare win for the Canadian, against the Penguins at the Bell Center ice rink. It was only the second time in the last seven meetings that the Habs had beaten the boards at Crosby at home. He had not been there since October 13, 2018.
The massive attack couldn’t have chosen a better moment to produce their first goal of the season, the one that gave CH the victory. However, it is worth mentioning the team’s lack of personnel. The units that Martin St-Louis deploys without a man do a colossal job. They held off the Penguins’ bigwigs three times and allowed just one goal in 12 appearances on the ice this season.
Allen again dad
The Canadian had to turn to Samuel Montembeault to deal with the Penguins’ shots as well as calling up Laval Rocket’s Cayden Primeau. This time, it’s not an injury, but the arrival of the stork, a third time for the Allen family, that kept Jake Allen out of the Bell Center on Monday.