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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Price Steals Opener | GAME 1 RECAP | All Habs Hockey Magazine
May 21, 2021
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Joel Armia
Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen
Corey Perry – Eric Staal – Josh Anderson
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak – Ben Chiarot
Jon Merrill – Shea Weber
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Cole Caufield, Erik Gustafsson, Michael Frolik, Alexander Romanov, Charlie Lindgren
Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed)
A couple of minutes earlier than puck drop, the NHL launched the official rosters and beginning lineups for the 2 groups. For the Canadiens, Jake Allen was listed because the starter. It was was a mistake that was later corrected, however for six or seven minutes, it brought on fairly a stir.
This recreation might have turned out a lot, a lot completely different. However luckily it was the Canadiens franchise participant between the pipes and he delivered one more playoff gem. Carey Value was magnificent pitching a 35-save win, stealing the opening recreation of the primary spherical playoff matchup between the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs. Value signaled very early on that he was on his recreation making a tricky cease on Toronto defenceman Morgan Rielly within the opening minutes.
Value was unbelievable. His positioning was textbook, he swallowed rebounds and thru his composure, he introduced a peaceful that impacted his teammates. They in flip, performed a powerful bodily recreation, setting the tone from the outset.
Whereas it was the bodily play that slowed the Leafs, the Canadiens used their velocity to attain twice by way of Josh Anderson and Paul Byron. That was the entire offence Value would wish on this night time.
The Leafs managed the second interval recording half of their high-danger scoring probabilities. However Value carried his group by way of the storm of the center body.
Value’s unbelievable blocker save within the third interval on Mitch Marner was the turning level of the sport. A short while later Paul Byron scored a short-handed purpose after an important defensive play by Joel Armia.
The underdog Canadiens had pulled off an infinite upset pushed in no small half by Value and his .972 save share for recreation one. In actual fact, Value has a .938 save share in his final 17 playoff begins.
John Tavares was taken to hospital after struggling a horrific accident Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe mentioned that Tavares was acutely aware and speaking. To this point the exams have come again clear. The Leafs captain will in a single day within the hospital
Jake Evans was not in a position to full the sport. Dominique Ducharme supplied no replace on his situation after the sport. If Evans can’t go subsequent recreation, anticipate Jesperi Kotkaniemi to attract into the lineup.
The Canadiens and Maple Leafs will renew acquaintances on Saturday night time in Toronto for recreation two of the sequence.
▲▲ Carey Value
▲ Paul Byron, Josh Anderson, Shea Weber, Eric Staal, Joel Armia
▼ Phillip Danault, Brett Kulak, Tomas Tatar, John Merrill
Take a look at the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Habs Open First Spherical Sequence