Defeat 4 to 2: the Habs lower their flag in front of the Kings

Defeat 4 to 2: the Habs lower their flag in front of the Kings

Kirby Dach describes himself as a center. Jeff Gorton, the Canadiens’ vice president of hockey operations, also said he had a plan to return it to his natural position.

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After 40 minutes on Saturday, Dach’s return to the center failed. The experience was nothing catastrophic, but CH was looking for a spark to return to the game against the Los Angeles Kings.

“It was good for me at center, it felt good,” said Dach, who isn’t the most expressive man after a game, let alone a loss. He doesn’t pick lines, he jumps on the ice and plays. »

In the end, there was no magic despite a late-game wake-up call. The Kings won 4-2 in a match marked above all by the presence of the powder blue vest and Youppi’s friend! The dubious Metal mascot!

Down 2-0 after two periods, Martin St-Louis went for a simpler formula. The head coach shuffled his cards to replace Dach on the right flank alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. Josh Anderson, meanwhile, dropped from the top line to a spot with Jake Evans and Juraj Slafkovsky.

The CH came back to life with the new trios by scoring two goals, those of Mike Hoffman and Caufield. But it was not enough to come out with the victory.

Caufield, who had hit the horizontal bar early in the third period, got his revenge on Pheonix Copley by beating him from an impossible angle late in the game. The small number 22 thus celebrated his 16th goal of the season.

“It was difficult because we lacked players for this match, we had to mix up the lines, recalled Caufield. We needed a hub to replace [Sean] Monahan and Kirby returned to this position. There were changes in the third, but it was nothing against “Andy” [Anderson]. »

A pass for Danault

In his only visit this season to Montreal, Phillip Danault had a game that reflected him.

The number 24 contributed valuable minutes in shorthanded, winning 54% of his neutral clashes, getting an assist on Viktor Arvidsson’s goal and often coming up against Suzuki and Caufield.


cole caufield

He never gave up. He scored his team’s second goal late in the third period. The American was the most dynamic striker offensively with four shots, but also nine shots attempted. Kaiden Guhle also had a good game on the blue line.

joel armia

Once again he used his ghost costume. The Finn finished the game with a record of -2. Even so, he received the confidence of St. Louis with a playing time of just over 15 minutes and appearances in the second wave on the power play. He does nothing to earn that confidence with two assists in 16 games.

First period

1-LA: Anze Kopitar (8)
2-LA: Viktor Arvidsson (8)
(Danault, Anderson) 9:53

Penalties: Fiala (LA) 4:18, Kopitar (LA) 14:53

Second period

no goal

Penalties: Dadonov (Monday) 0:13, Edler (LA) 5:46, Kovacevic (Monday) 8:28, Suzuki (Monday) 15:40

Third period

3-LA: Alexander Edler (1)
4-MONDAY: Mike Hoffman (6)
(Guhle, Dadonov)11:41
5-MONDAY: Cole Caufield (16)
(Harris, Dvorak)17:32
6-LA: Adrian Kempe (9)
(without help)FD-19:24

Penalties: Slafkovsky (Monday) 2:10

net shot

LOS ANGELES 16 – 7 – 12 – 35 MONTREAL 5 – 10 – 7 – 22


LA: Pheonix Copley (W, 2-0-0), LUN: Jake Allen (L, 8-10-0)

Numerical advantages:

LA: 0 in 4, MON: 0 in 3


Marc Joannette, Conor O’Donnell


Bevan Mills David Brisebois


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What we noticed…

front five

In the absence of Mike Matheson, Martin St-Louis and Alex Burrows put together a first wave with five forwards on the power play. Evgenii Dadonov was there with Nick Suzuki, cole caufield, Kirby Dach, and Mike Hoffman. It was not the first time this season that St-Louis opted for this strategy. For the second group, there was a defender with Chris Wideman. Despite the redevelopment, the CH did not threaten Pheonix Copley.


The Canadiens played their first home game after a long four-game journey in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Seattle. According to the belief, this return to the fold often represents a trap. The Kings empowered this ideology by putting their rivals to sleep on several occasions. At the end of the first, they spent 2 min 16 s in home territory, drawing boos from the crowd. In the category of empty passages, the CH did not shoot Copley in 17 min 29 s from the middle of the first and the start of the second.

retractable bench

St. Louis juggled their lines in the third quarter, going mostly with 10 forwards. Michael Pezzetta and Rem Pitlick got just two appearances. The Kings scored in their first outing, but the two forwards weren’t at fault. Alexander Edler beat Jake Allen with a rebound off Kaiden Guhle’s pad.

Hoffman scores on his return

Returning to action after an eight-game absence, Hoffman hit home in the third period. Number 68 outclassed the Kings’ masked man with a powerful wrist jab.

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