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Canadiens @ Maple Leafs: Vets, Youth Combine for Win | HABS GAME 5 RECAP | All Habs Hockey Magazine
May 28, 2021
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Tyler Toffoli – Nick Suzuki – Cole Caufield
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Josh Anderson
Joel Armia – Eric Staal – Corey Perry
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Erik Gustafsson – Jon Merrill
Carey Value – Jake Allen
Brett Kulak, 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), Jake Evans (undisclosed), Artturi Lehkonen (undisclosed)
Simply 59 seconds into extra time, Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield transformed a textbook 2-on-0 to ship the Canadiens second win of the sequence. Whereas followers had been celebrating the skillful play by two of the Canadiens most dynamic young-guns, Suzuki was giving credit score to the management of the group in his post-game media availability.
Suzuki spoke about veterans setting the tone for his or her teammates forward of the sport 6 match with the Leafs as Montreal confronted elimination.
“We’ve bought a ton of leaders that I look as much as. We had a gathering, and guys like (Corey) Perry and (Eric) Staal spoke up,” stated Suzuki. “They talked about how these alternatives within the playoffs don’t come that always, so that you’ve bought to take advantage of it. We’ve bought a ton of leaders holding us calm like Shea (Weber) and Carey (Value), and it carried into extra time.”
Perry and Staal every had an help and made key performs resulting in Montreal’s first two targets by Joel Armia. The trio made for an efficient fourth line for the Habs. Perry’s hit on Rasmus Sandin created a turnover to open the scoring whereas Staal gained two-thirds of his faceoffs.
Shea Weber was on the ice for 2 of Toronto’s targets however performed a robust bodily sport whereas logging greater than 27 minutes of icetime. Weber and Ben Chiarot (28:27 TOI) had further responsibility all sport lengthy as they performed collectively after which they every paired with Jon Merrill and Erik Gustafsson for his or her spot responsibility shifts.
Dominique Ducharme’s determination to begin Gustafsson and Merrill on his third pair was curious at finest. It appeared that the teaching employees didn’t have a substantial amount of confidence within the duo as they not often performed collectively and had been sheltered. Merrill had simply over 9 minutes of icetime.
Gustafsson didn’t get way more clocking in at 10:18. Clearly this determination put an additional burden on Weber and Chiarot all through the sport. Ducharme argued that he needed Gustafsson within the lineup to play with the person benefit. However Montreal earned only one power-play with Gustafsson on the ice for 49 seconds.
Which brings us to Carey Value, the ultimate group chief recognized by Suzuki. As soon as once more Value had a stellar sport making spectacular saves on odd-man rushes, made level clean stops, and robbed blind Maple Leafs snipers. Toronto had 37 scoring possibilities within the sport with 16 qualifying as high-danger scoring possibilities. Value has been the Canadiens finest participant in every sport of this sequence.
There might be a sport six on Saturday evening on the Bell Centre with 2500 spectators in attendance. That’s the primary time since March 11, 2020 that followers might be within the constructing.
▲ Carey Value, Joel Armia, Nick Suzuki, Corey Perry, Eric Staal, Jesperi Kotkaneimi, Cole Caufield
▼ Jon Merrill, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Tyler Toffoli
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