Cayden Primeau, who is 20 years old, seemed nervous in the beginning of the meeting. It is redeemed with a few good stops in the second and third periods, and concluded the match with 32 stoppages to his record.
December 5, 2019 21: 59
Updated at 23h21
The Avalanche strike the beginnings of Cayden Primeau in the NHL with a gain of 3 to 2
The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — Cayden Primeau had a little time to chase away the nervousness and the Colorado Avalanche took the opportunity to take control of the meeting and run to a victory of 3-2 to face the Montreal canadiens Thursday at the Bell Centre.
Primeau has caved in twice in the first period on its first outing in the NHL, and the Canadian was never delivered.
“It was exciting and a little stressful. I now have a first match in the bank. It is very motivating. It’s good to see the level of play in the regular season. There are many things to be learned from this first game.”
Primeau, who is 20 years old, seemed nervous in the beginning of the meeting. It is redeemed with a few good stops in the second and third periods, and concluded the game with 32 stops in his record. He has found the experience of his first game in the NHL rewarding :
“He would probably see the two goals in the first period, noted Julien. There is one on a puck that he has not locked in time. At the same time, we would have had better cover the player who has pushed the disk. On the second goal, the angle was thin.
“Then, he has managed to fine judgments. The more the game wore on, the more he seemed at ease. It gave us a chance to get back in the game with big stops.”
A higher class
Even if the Habs had not found its bad folds of her sequence of eight reverse, the Avalanche was simply in a higher class.
“It is a pity that it has taken two periods before we actually put it on, said the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. I have found that the Avalanche skated extremely well. Their players are big and strong. They were on the puck.”
Matt Calvert picked up a goal and an assist, while Ryan Bass and Gabriel Landeskog have also hit the target for the Avalanche (18 8-2), who won a fifth consecutive game this season. Pavel Francouz has stopped 38 shots.
Brendan Gallagher and Nick Cousins replied for the Canadian (12-11-6), which has lost nine of its last 10 meetings.
The defender of the Canadian Otto Leskinen was also a first outing in the NHL. It was limited to 7 : 37 to play.
The momentum of the two teams was quickly interrupted after about 1 : 30 of play when Jesperi Kotkaniemi remained lying on the ice after suffering a defeat from Nikita Zadorov. Kotkaniemi is not income to the game and the team has simply stated that he had sustained a wound to the upper body.
“This is not a fang-in-leg, as we sometimes see, but [Zadorov] raises his leg and uses her upper body to the reverse, mentioned Julien. To my eyes, it’s a game bastard. We’ll see what the league thinks, but from our side, we believe that it is an act that deserves a suspension.”
The Avalanche then took control of the meeting. Primeau has been unable to control a low discount Cale Makar in his direction with Serious and took the opportunity to open the scoring at 6 : 13 of the first twenty.
Landeskog has increased its lead a little over six minutes later. He scored with a shot to the far side after rounding the defender Jeff Petry.
Phillip Danault has recognized that the beginning of the meeting had hurt the Canadian :
“[The Avalanche] came out very strong even if he had played yesterday [Wednesday]. The players have played with a lot of speed. They played a big game. We were well beaten, but we came a little short at the end.”
The Canadian got a great opportunity to reduce the gap, before retreating to the locker room. Nate Thompson has cleverly bypassed the defender Ian Cole in sliding the disc between his legs, but he then stumbled to Francouz.
The Avalanche struck a hard blow to the Canadian after the 8:06 to play in the second period. Playing in numerical inferiority, the Avalanche has operated a reversal of Petry to launch an attack two-against-one. Calvert took a pass from J. T. Compher to move the ropes.
The visitors were then awarded a numerical advantage, but Primeau has been reported with a few good stops.
Gallagher a boost to the Canadian
Gallagher has finally re-launched the Canadian with 2 : 18 to make the second commitment. He took advantage of a rebound to score his 12th goal of the season.
The Habs then enjoyed a numerical advantage at the back of the locker room. Cousins has put an end to a famine of 16 games, beating Francouz using a good shot of the cuffs, at 1 : 23 of the period.
If the score remained exchanged for long minutes after that, it is in part due to the work of the two keepers.
Primeau stole a goal to Mikko Rantanen, while Francouz went there a judgment to be spectacular with the shaft of his stick to the place from Artturi Lehkonen.
The Habs increased the pressure late in the game, but Francouz had the last word.
Despite the brilliance of the Canadian, who was back in the match, Brendan Gallagher still had the recent long series of defeats in head :
“I said recently. We can’t settle for moral victories. It is necessary to win. We lost. We need to play better.”
The Canadian will play again on Friday, when he will visit the New York Rangers. Kotkaniemi will not be on the trip.