Canadian: a myriad of mistakes in the defensive

Canadien: une myriade d’erreurs en défensive

The Canadian wasted advances of 4-0 and 5-3, Saturday, at the back of 6-5 suffered in the face of the New York Rangers, in Montreal.

November 24, 2019 21h43


Canadian: a myriad of mistakes in the defensive

Alexis Belanger-Champagne

The Canadian Press


After three setbacks in the course of which the attack was slammed by head coach Claude Julien, it is the defensive play of the Canadian which has been lacking during the collapse of Saturday.

Julien said that the context was different at the back of 6-5 in the face of the New York Rangers, when the club has wasted the advances of 4-0 and 5-3.

Despite the deficit, the Rangers were not playing bad hockey. Then, the errors committed by the Canadian were numerous sequences that allowed the Rangers to win after a delay of at least four goals for a fourth time in their history.

For his part, the Habs lost a game after leading by four goals for the first time since December 7, 1995, according to the network Sportsnet.

“[The Rangers] have consistently attacked three against two or four against three, noted Julien after the game. We can’t stay stuck in the bottom of the box to look at the other team from in recovery.

“I think the key was our play without the puck, that’s what hurt us.”

Julien has cited as an example the game-winning goal of the Rangers to demonstrate the kind of errors made by his troops, insisting, however, that he had not only Jesperi Kotkaniemi in his criticism.

“We have a young player who is not older than 19 years of age, who force a game, which causes a release is denied. He loses then the bet on the game and the puck ends up in the back of the net, ” noted Julien. These are costly mistakes. You need to remember the lesson, regardless of whether you are aged 19 or 30 years. You must understand that these are errors that you can’t commit.”

“We can’t stay stuck in the bottom of the box to look at the other team from in recovery ”

Claude Julien

If Julian came back on the sixth goal for the visitors, it is easy to see errors on the other goals of the Rangers.

The first two goals were scored on raises while the attackers of the Canadian were not as eager to come back to support the defenders. The third has been marked numerical advantage, after that Shea Weber had missed a clearance.

On the fourth goal of the Rangers, Brendan Gallagher arrived late for cover Artemi Panarin after that Phillip Danault was dropped along the ramp.

The fifth Rangers goal was scored in numerical inferiority, when a reluctance of the forwards the Habs at the time where Brady Skjei has reached has allowed Brett Howden and Brendan Lemieux to attack two-against-one, since the defender Jeff Petry was the only local player at the blue line.

Mea culpa

The players have made their mea culpa after the game, admitting that the result was unacceptable. Max Domi and Artturi Lehkonen didn’t have the heart to the feast in spite of nights, each with two goals and an assist. “We know the importance of every game. We don’t need to make us remember, mentioned Gallagher. We know at what point the ranking is tight. We went through there last winter. We can’t let points we slip between the fingers like that. Matches like this one, these are the ones that frustrate you more during the summer when you look back on the season.

“It is disappointing, but the only thing we can do is remember the lesson and ensure that it never happens again.”

The series of four setbacks in the Habs also coincides with the absence of Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron, passed under the knife. Julien has been reminded of the importance of the two players within the team, but has also indicated that the players called in succession had to give more in their new responsibilities.

The Canadian took advantage of a day off Sunday, which was probably a good thing to change a little the ideas.

“Then, it’s back to work on Monday, recalled Carey Price, who also recognized that he would have liked to make a stop or two more. We will analyze the match, and then move on to the next.

“We can’t commiserate for too long our fate”, he concluded.

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