Tomas Tatar began the rise of the Canadian in the second period with his 10th goal of the season.
December 10, 2019 22h37
Updated at 23h38
Montreal 4/Pittsburgh 1: the second period is sufficient for the CH
The canadian Press
PITTSBURGH — The Montreal canadiens scored three consecutive goals in the second half of the second period and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 on Tuesday evening at the PPG Paints Arena.
Frustrated during the first half of the middle period by nice saves from the keeper Tristan Jarry, the men of Claude Julien have scored three goals in a little more than seven minutes, turning a setback of a goal in a two-goal lead after 40 minutes of play.
Tomas Tatar (10th) has initiated the push for a minor penalty to Evgeni Malkin at 12:23, and Joel Armia (11th) has passed the prospective mesh victorious at 16:17. Shea Weber (10th) completed the explosion by scoring a skilful manoeuvre, at 19:45.
Weber surprised a little all the world, bypassing the mesh of Jarry with a good burst of speed and then, helped by its large scope, it is able to stay the puck into the net with a shot from the backhand.
“He showed a good speed, good mobility on this game, was described by Claude Julien. Especially his backhand. It was an important goal, it gave us the advance to 3-1 before the end of the second period,” he later recalled.
In fact, this backfire is coming to reward a second-period quality for the Canadian, who has directed 17 shots towards Jarry.
“I think we’ve been dominated in the second period, recognised the head coach of the Penguins, Mike Sullivan. Give credit to the Canadian. He has played well. But we have not helped either. We have made poor decisions. We have not been very solid with the puck, and for this reason, we have not controlled the period as we are able.”
In addition, the Habs put an end to the sequence of invincibility of Jarry, who made a team record with a sequence of 177 minutes 15 seconds without conceding a goal to the opponent. Jarry had registered games white against the Blues of St. Louis, on the 4th of December, and the Coyotes in Arizona two days later.
“They have put a lot of pressure, said Jarry, who suffered only a second defeat in his last eight starts. They are difficult to face. They send pucks to the net. They shoot from everywhere and I think this is one of those cases where we had to be ready. We had to be ready all the time and we had to make sure we handle the pressure.”
Brendan Gallagher (14th) sealed the outcome of the game by scoring into an empty net with 1:39 remaining in the third period.
Tatar, Armia, Weber and Gallagher have all completed their evening’s work with a goal and an assist for the canadiens, who has taken 26 shots.
At the other end of the rink, the goalkeeper Carey Price was solid, stopping 33 pucks. He made good stops in the first period during which the players of the Canadian, may be rusty after being idle for three days, appeared to be rather inert.
After the game, Julien has made the observation.
“It shows the character on the side of the team, was first declared the head coach of the Habs. It was a little bit rusty in the first period. We do not handle the puck extremely well, and the passes weren’t a palette in the other. We recovered in the second, we kept the focus on what one should do and a good second period has given us precisely the advance that they needed. In the third, we played more or less intelligently, they tried to minimize their scoring chances and this is what has given us the victory.”
Jake Guentzel (17th) was the only scorer of the Penguins, as early as the third minute of play of the game. Guentzel with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust are one of the best trios in the NHL since a few weeks, but the overall game play of the Habs has been keeping these three players in failure.
“You can see that they are well on the ice, but it has done a good job against them, even by not having the last change against them. I had a couple of opportunities with our fourth trio, and he has done well too,” analysed Julien.
In victory, the Canadian has, however, lost the services of Matthew Peca, who appeared to injure a leg in the third period. At the time to meet with the media, Julien was not able to give details on the nature of the injury.
With this victory, the Canadian (14-11-6) has taken temporary possession of third place in the Atlantic chapter. However, it was a very passenger since the Sabres of Buffalo have dragged the club to the ninth point in the eastern conference after their win 5-2 face aux Blues de St. Louis.
The Habs will take the necklace as soon as Wednesday evening by welcoming the Ottawa Senators.