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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Overwhelmed | HABS RECAP | All Habs Hockey Magazine
May 7, 2021
Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Cole Caufield
Artturi Lehkonen – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Eric Staal – Jake Evans – Corey Perry
Brett Kulak – Ben Chiarot
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Jon Merrill
Cayden Primeau – Jake Allen
Michael Frolik, Joseph Blandisi, Charlie Lindgren, Michael Pezzetta, Joel Teasdale
Brendan Gallagher (hand), Carey Value (concussion), Paul Byron (lower-body), Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Shea Weber (upper-body)
The Canadiens had been ready to clinch a berth within the playoffs tonight proper as much as the opening puckdrop at Scotiabank Area. Like each recreation within the Canadiens previous six contests, they surrendered the primary objective, tonight simply sixteen seconds after the anthem. And to make the sting that rather more painful, it was Alex Galchenyuk scoring for the house group in blue.
By the midway level within the first interval, Cayden Primeau had given up three targets and was trying relatively leaky. Phillip Danault, supposedly the Canadiens finest defensive ahead, was a minus-3 and the interim head coach had already made his resolution about who would begin the second interval in objective, and it wasn’t the 21-year-old.
By the point the primary intermission had mercifully arrived, Primeau had allowed 4, Danault had exited the sport with an upper-body damage and the Canadiens newly-minted sniper, Cole Caufield, had a minus-3 ranking.
Regardless of a quick spark within the third interval, Montreal wouldn’t clinch a playoff berth on this night time.
However there was extra at stake. With two video games towards their probably playoff opponent, the Habs had a possibility to set the tone and create some doubt within the minds of the Leafs gamers. To not be.
Publish-game the gamers repeated acquainted strains. They weren’t prepared and so they weren’t ready to play. And as soon as once more the interim head coach disagreed. Dominique Ducharme stated that it wasn’t a foul begin in any respect, however as a substitute a matter of unhealthy luck with a puck bouncing like a Tremendous Ball.
You may’t repair it in the event you don’t acknowledge the issue.
It was one more tough begin for Primeau, the third this season, who shouldn’t have been manning the crease within the first place. Primeau’s positioning was poor, his restoration was torpid, he had hassle monitoring the puck and his rebound management was weak. Briefly, Primeau regarded overwhelmed by prime tier NHL expertise. If Primeau is to correctly develop, to be placed on a path in direction of his potential, he must be left within the AHL for 2 or three extra seasons.
As Jake Allen stated, “you must fail to succeed” when discussing the play of Primeau. However these classes could be correctly taught and absorbed on the AHL stage relatively than an NHL group getting ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Montreal had the posh of an skilled Charlie Lindgren within the system who would have been much better positioned to spell Jake Allen when he wanted an evening off.
Primeau was put in a tricky spot earlier than he was prepared. That’s not a burden he wanted to bear. The poor decision-making must be owned by Ducharme and Marc Bergevin.
The Canadiens won’t skate on Friday however will return to Scotiabank Area on Saturday night time to as soon as once more face the Maple Leafs.
▲ Artturi Lehkonen, Eric Staal, Corey Perry
▼ Cayden Primeau, Phillip Danault, Cole Caufield, Tomas Tatar, Ben Chiarot, Brett Kulak, Tyler Toffoli
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