CHICAGO – Having not won a match in Chicago since 2002, the Montreal Canadiens will have to wait another year before ending his nasty drought.
Patrick Kane scored a spectacular goal in the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks have inflicted a 3-2 loss to the Canadiens on Sunday. The leading scorer in the NHL last season put the finishing touches on a bizarre sequence serving a cup of coffee before Jeff Petry accommodate the puck over the glove of Al Montoya.
The defenders Shea Weber and Andrei Markov, who added an assist, scored for the Canadiens, who saw his run of four victories to end. The Canadian players had not inclined from the historical side of 10-0 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“There are season games where you know it will be difficult, but overall, we fought well,” said Michel Therrien.
Besides Kane, Marian Hossa and Gustav Forsling with his first career goal in the NHL, also scored for the Blackhawks. Jonathan Toews is itself an accomplice of two goals of his own, including the victory.
A native of Chicago, Montoya had nothing to reproach himself in defeat. He made 32 saves, including several spectacular in the third period, but he could not bounce back after allowing 10 goals in his last start.
“Al has played a very solid game and allowed us to stay in the match. The Blackhawks many outstanding players, but he managed to make key saves, “said Therrien.
Montrealer Corey Crawford for his part rejected 21 of the 23 shots he, but he still reported a few times, especially in frustrating his former teammate Andrew Shaw in the third period.
This duel between the best team of the two associations has started on the hubcaps. Both teams waltzed into enemy territory and they had some good chances, but every time, the guards closed the door. Montoya held off a veiled shot from Brian Campbell while Crawford pulled the glove before Max Pacioretty and Shaw.
However, the premises have been the first to open the scoring. Forsling fired a slap shot that snuck through traffic in front of the net before finally touching the ropes.
“We did not have the same energy as usual”
Even if they were in their second game in as many nights, the men of Michel Therrien led the charge in the second period. Weber took advantage of a power play to record a seventh goal this season. Against all expectations, is his deflected pass on the blade of the stick Michal Kempny who deceived the vigilance of Crawford, not a powerful ball tip.
Markov doubled the lead of his troops one minute 41 seconds later. He accepted a surrender of Alex Galchenyuk before putting the puck in the top of the net with an excellent wrist shot.
The Blackhawks however, have not said their last word and they applied a lot of pressure on the defensive Canadiens, which has borne fruit. A few seconds after a penalty to Alexei Emelin, Hossa has brought both teams to square pushing a rebound Nick Schmaltz behind the red line.
Less than five minutes later, Kane threaded the needle with a fine individual effort. Toews forced Pacioretty commit a turnover in its own zone before preparing an assist. Previously, the puck had hit the protective net, but the referee saw nothing and they let the sequence to continue.
“It has taken a great individual effort from Kane. We often talk about games with the puck and we made a turnaround that gave the chance to Kane to seek this goal, “analyzed Michel Therrien.
Late in the game, the Habs withdrew its guardian in favor of a sixth player and he zoomed in the offensive zone, but Crawford refused to yield to sign an eighth win this season.
“We ran out of gas and it is quite normal. We are out in the second half and our players gave their all late in the game, but we missed a lot of energy, “said the head coach of the Canadiens.