Goaltender Sam Montembeault allowed six goals on 16 shots earlier being pulled as the Canadiens were trounced 7-2 on home ice against the Edmonton Oilers on Sabbatum night.
In his debut for the Oilers later on signing a one-year deal before in the week, Evander Kane scored the game’s first goal.
Although no fans were immune to attend the game because of COVID-19 measures, sidelined netminder Carey Price was there.
Price probably didn’t like what he saw, peculiarly a second period hit by Zack Kassian on Montembeault that went unavenged until later in the game. Hither’s the hit in question. Michael Pezzetta eventually fought Kassian in the third menstruum.
Afterward an uneventful opening 10 minutes, Kane opened scoring at eleven:21 on a deflection afterward being immune to sideslip towars the cyberspace undetected.
The Oilers would add ii more in the next 107 seconds. Zach Hyman broke a minor slump with a redirect of his own. Defenceman David Savard missed his first game of the season with a lower-body injury, and perchance his absence was felt on those 2 goals. After the game, the squad appear Savard will miss eight weeks with a right ankle injury.
Leon Draisaitl scored his 30th on the flavour to brand it 3-0, with a picayune assistance from Rem Pitlick on the deflection.
At three:58 of the second, Josh Anderson put his team on the board. Jake Evans won his board battle, sent the puck to Ben Chiarot at the indicate, and Anderson was at that place to pot the rebound.
A little over two minutes later, Edmonton regained their 3-goal lead. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was left all alone in front, and he took his time to detect a hole in Montembeault’south armour.
Hyman kicked off a frenetic sequence at 14:30 of the period with his 2d of the night. He protected the puck coming out from behind the net, then spun and fired the puck past Montembeault. Oilers were up 5-1.
Although the Habs didn’t immediately answer to Kassian’s hit on Montembeault, they did answer on the ensuing power play. 3 seconds into the power play with Kassian in the box for roughing, Mike Hoffman set upward Tyler Toffoli for a one-timer to make information technology 5-2.
But 22 seconds after that, Draisaitl scored again to give the Oilers a commanding half dozen-2 lead. The puck bounced around Warren Foegele’s skates before he put the puck on the net, allowing Draisaitl to swoop in for his 31st. Habs were leading in shots twenty-xvi after two periods, but down 6-2. Cayden Primeau replaced Montembeault to start the third, making it the eighth time the Habs have switched goalies in a game this flavour.
It was jump to happen, and despite getting little ice-time during the game, Pezzetta took reward of a rare shift against Kassian to retaliate for the before striking. It ended Pezzetta’south night with a misconduct and gave the Oilers a two-minute power play, just the Liveblog commenters were happy to run across at to the lowest degree one Hab answer the phone call and defend their teammate.
Derek Ryan gave his team the seven-2 touchdown goal late in the third. It was the lone goal Primeau allowed on eight shots.
Montreal’southward nightmare season continues. They play ane more than game Sunday confronting the Columbus Blue Jackets, where Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron are expected to return, before a bye week. A discussion that appeared in the Liveblog comments on Saturday more times than on previous nights? Quit. And they weren’t using the word lightly. The exception? Pezzetta, who commenter Michael Paul chosen “the centre and soul of the Habs.” As much an indictment of his teammates as it was a compliment towards the sparingly used rookie forward.
3. “Can’t win with this goaltending. People who talk about Carey and we can win without him etc. Shake your caput. Nice to meet Carey in printing box. A true number one goalie and elevation 3 in nhl. You lot can see what crappy goaltending does to a teams play and confidence. Enquire the oilers. Any how. Monty deep in his cyberspace all the time just similar primeau. Wonder how much longer our goalie omnibus lasts too.” -Dale Risling
ii. “This fan is actually looking frontwards to the trading deadline. Not because nosotros can pick up someone good, RATHER let’s hope this team can dump many of those players who have Quit! A quitting person has no room anywhere. Try bulking up on picks and outset with the kids for the hereafter. (at to the lowest degree they try) Then, the off season, find a Charabanc and administration that have bang-up experience in development and drafting players.” -Elliott Alderson
1. “They scored, but your goalie gets run and his helmet knocked off and NO response? WTH??” -Jimmy Brock