Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals rolled into the Bell Centre on Saturday night, catching the Habs coming off an ultra-rare road win on Friday night, though it was in Buffalo, so does it really count? It did in the standings! But on Saturday an offside review and another poor performance from Carey Price saw the Canadiens reeling once more.
This one had everything. Goalie interference review, weird goals, multiple penalty shots, Sidney Crosby magic, Nikita Scherbak moves, a fight with Penny Oleksiask’s brother, and even the return of Carey Price. What it lacked was a winning result for your Montreal Canadiens, but even that’s probably for the best these days.
Carey Price returned to the bench, backing-up Antti Niemi for this one, and that’s about all there is to talk about. While we assume the Habs players weren’t actively involved in the tank job on Monday night, based on watching this game you could probably make a decent argument that they were.
It was a second period for the ages, and not in a good way for the Montreal Canadiens. For the second consecutive encounter the Maple Leafs embarrassed the Habs. It was Tomas Plekanec’s first game against the only team he’d ever known in his NHL career prior to these last couple weeks and some of the Canadiens players chose to honour the long-time Hab by saluting his trademark style.
It was going to be revenge night for someone at the Bell Centre with former Dallas Stars Antti Niemi and Jordie Benn meeting former Habs Alex Radulov and Greg Pateryn on Tuesday night. Brendan Gallagher continued his march towards 30 goals while Arturri Lehkonen had himself a multi-goal game and Scherbak got pretty in this Habs win.
It’s the 69th game of the season and the Habs were facing the BJs. But let’s be adults about that. Brendan Gallagher was taking it seriously, getting his career high 25th goal of the season. Jonathan Drouin would add a pretty one of his own, but in the end it was another road loss for your Montreal Canadiens.
CHUD took the spotlight this weekend in the Habs conversation, Antti Niemi continues to sing his redemetion song, and the Canadiens and Lightning needed extra time to decide things yet again this season. Meanwhile Jacob de le Rose and Artturi Lehkonen leave a little bit to be desired.