Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Josh Anderson
Artturi Lehkonen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Paul Byron
Jonathan Drouin – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Jon Merrill
Jake Allen – Cayden Primeau
Brett Kulak, Erik Gustafsson
Michael Frolik, Cole Caufield, Jake Evans, Xavier Ouellet, Charlie Lindgren
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Worth (concussion)
The Canadiens got here out offended. It began within the pre-game skate as Oilers ahead Alex Chiasson was instructed that Montreal could be holding him accountable for injuring Carey Worth. Submit-game Josh Anderson mentioned “I believed all of us did an excellent job of letting [Chiasson] know that we’re popping out after they harm our greatest goalie and finest goalie within the League.”
Imposing the code was taken on by Corey Perry. A decisive victory wasn’t vital within the scuffle. A message had been despatched.
But it surely wasn’t an remoted message nor the restrict of the Canadiens anger. The 2 groups mixed for 43 hits within the first interval alone. Montreal additionally outshot the Oilers 14-3 within the opening body.
Of the forwards, Paul Byron was credited with seven hits, Joel Armia with six hits and Jesperi Kotkaniemi with 5. It was Kotkaniemi’s hits that had been delivered with power.
And on the backend, Ben Chiarot registered 9 hits and Shea Weber had 4 hits. However that stat doesn’t inform the complete story. Weber was beast on this sport, punishing Oiler forwards, significantly Leon Draisaitl.
“They’ve some large our bodies again there. They make it robust to get to the online,” mentioned Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Weber set the instance main his teammates into this playoff-style struggle.
And with the tone set within the defensive zone, the Canadiens had been capable of push the tempo, enjoying their form of sport within the Oilers zone. Montreal was relentless on the forecheck, performed with depth and even a contact of desperation.
Let’s add resilient to the descriptors of the Canadiens sport. When Connor McDavid went in on their own scoring what may have been a soul-crushing aim for Montreal, Josh Anderson scored a magnificence whereas driving to the online. Coming simply 11 seconds after McDavid’s early second interval tally, Anderson’s first of two markers on the evening was an ideal reply and squashed any Edmonton momentum.
The Canadiens travelled to Calgary after the sport. They are going to take pleasure in a day without work on Thursday forward of a two-game set with the Flames on Friday and Saturday nights.
▲ Shea Weber, Josh Anderson, Artturi Lehkonen, Ben Chiarot, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Tomas Tatar, Jeff Petry, Paul Byron
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Eric Staal, Phillip Danault
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Oilers: Habs Debut for Merrill