Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin, Lukas Vejdemo, Jesse Ylonen, Cale Fleury, Otto Leskinen, Xavier Ouellet, Cayden Primeau, Michael McNiven
Jonathan Drouin (undisclosed), Jon Merrill (undisclosed), Jake Evans (concussion), Jeff Petry (hand)
This recreation was all in regards to the defence. And that shouldn’t be a shock. The Vegas Golden Knights, who completed on the high of the league standings this common season, have been additionally the very best defensive staff within the NHL. To their credit score, the Canadiens had an important begin to the sport, utilizing their velocity and powerful forecheck to place the Golden Knights on their heels.
Montreal performed with tempo, getting pictures to the online within the first 5 minutes. Marc-Andre Fleury was producing a unending stream of rebounds however the Golden Knights defence saved the Habs from attending to the blue paint. Vegas’ defence then went to work contributing to the offence by controlling the impartial zone and serving to to get pucks behind the Canadiens ‘D’.
Vegas defenceman Shea Theodore scored the sport’s opening objective on the 9:15 mark of the primary interval following a weak impartial zone play by Erik Gustafsson. Three of the Golden Knights’ objectives got here from defencemen whereas on the identical time they have been defending nicely.
From the center of the primary interval by the ultimate buzzer, the Golden Knights managed the this recreation. The Canadiens didn’t report a excessive hazard scoring likelihood on Fleury within the remaining 40 minutes of the sport.
Value Retains it Shut
As soon as once more, Carey Value was excellent making miraculous saves on Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore and others. Vegas dominated the Canadiens within the second interval however nonetheless had an opportunity within the third solely due to the spectacular play of Value.
With respect to the Canadiens defence, it was a really tough evening for Brett Kulak and Erik Gustafsson. That spelled hassle for Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot and Joel Edmundson. Chiarot performed too many minutes ending the evening at minus-3. Weber appeared to additional injure his ailing hand taking a stick from Ryan Reaves. Montreal is already lacking Jeff Petry who, when he returns, gained’t be 100%.
The Golden Knights are the heaviest staff within the league. They punished the Canadiens all recreation lengthy. The third line of Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Josh Anderson and Paul Byron couldn’t get on monitor with Kotkaniemi spending many of the third body on the bench.
Cole Caufield scored his first objective of the playoffs on the power-play together with his household in attendance at T-Cell Enviornment.
It’s key that the Canadiens get to the online and rating first in recreation two. After not trailing for 447 minutes within the playoffs, the Canadiens appeared uncomfortable in taking part in from behind. The Canadiens will meet the Golden Knights for recreation two in Las Vegas on Wednesday evening.