Ben Chiarot (8) does not hide his joy when he comes to allow the Canadian to defeat the Ottawa Senators with a net added at the top of the extension period.
December 11, 2019 22h39
Updated at 23h38
Chiarot provides a first gain to Primeau
The Canadian Press
Even if the Canadian has wasted a two-goal lead in the third period Wednesday night at the Bell Centre, members of the club had a beautiful reason to smile since Cayden Primeau won the first game in the NHL. He helped his team prevail 3-2 in overtime in the face of the Ottawa Senators.
Ben Chiarot scored the winning goal after 1:11 to play in the extra period, at the end of a attack two-on-one with Max Domi.
“In the third period, (the Senators) have played good hockey and we were maybe a little bit on our heels, but Primeau has played the big hockey for us,” noted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. Our defenders we have yet to be given a good match – and (Shea) Weber and Chiarot give us a lot lately. And we have found a way to win.”
Since his series of eight flip side, the Habs present a record of 4-1-0 and has allowed only nine goals.
Since the Canadian was playing its second game in as many nights, Julian had entrusted the net to Primeau. He managed 35 stops for its second release in a career in the circuit Bettman.
“(Primeau) has not been nervous in the first period as his first game, noted Julien. It was quiet and was able of big stops. There have been a few two-against-one, but he focused on the shooter and made the stops.
“Regardless if we see it again tomorrow or in a few years, it is destined for a bright future.”
Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar have also hit the target for the Canadian (15-11-6). Domi has amassed two assists.
Two points for Tkachuk
Brady Tkachuk has scored a goal and an assist for the Senators (13-17-2), while Connor Brown had also made the fly. Anders Nilsson was pushed out of 26 throws.
Cousins opened the scoring at 13:36 of the first twenty in scoring his second goal in numerical advantage in four games. Posted in front of the net, he deflected a nice discount Domi in the objective.
The Canadian got some other nice scoring opportunities in the first period, without, however, take advantage of it.
The game came alive in the second twenty, after a small squabble between Tkachuk and Weber.
Jeff Petry has reached the top of the crossbar in the digital advantage, then Primeau has shone at the other end of the rink, stopping three attacks in excess of Senators.
It was not necessary any more for the crowd chants the name of the american goalie a 20-year old.
Nilsson has done it as well, frustrating Brendan Gallagher in a breakaway in the last minute of the engagement.
Tatar has redeemed his team-mate by touching the target after 29 seconds of play in the third period. His shot from the top of the slot deflected on two players from the Senators before finishing out his road in the back of the net.
Gallagher, however, has hit a beast in punishment a few minutes later and Tkachuk has revived the Senators at 4:30.
The Senators were then brought everyone to the starting point with 6:55 to do in the third period. After two clearances denied in a row on the Canadian, Otto Leskinen has been stolen the puck in the corner of its territory by Tkachuk. Primeau has stopped the initial shot, but was offered the back on a silver platter to Brown, who was able to pull in a cage gaping.
Nate Thompson has reached the top of the crossbar late in the third period, while the Canadian was in numerical inferiority.
Chiarot has finally had the last word.
Recalled the morning of the Rocket of Laval, forward Ryan Poehling has played a fifth game with the Canadian this season.
The Canadian will play one last game at the Bell Centre in 2019 Saturday, when it hosts the Detroit Red Wings. The Tricolour will fly next to the canadian West, before spending the Holidays in Florida and Carolina.
ECHOES OF LOCKER ROOM
Cayden Primeau lives of beautiful moments since his recall from the Rocket de Laval, 10 days ago. He has enjoyed the support of the crowd, when they chanted his name in the second period, then, after the meeting.
“This is crazy. There are no words to describe these emotions, to feel this support. I hear it, but I take a pride not to get carried away or discouraged. I always focus on the next shot.”
Ben Chiarot was happy to have played the hero in overtime.
“It was good. They had beaten us in overtime last time. It is a beautiful contrast. (The Bell Centre) is a place where it is always pleasant to play. To have scored in overtime, it is even more special.”
Nick Cousins gave credit to Max Domi for his purpose in a digital advantage in the first period.
“We talked about this game before the meeting. Max had prepared. It was well-executed. I had just put my stick on the ice and I’m glad that puck is back.”