The Canadian “extremely” disappointing

Le Canadien «extrêmement» décevant

Charlie Lindgren was pushed out of 24 shots, and he hasn’t won in three starts this season.

January 15, 2020 22h43

Updated at 23h43


The Canadian “extremely” disappointing

Alexis Belanger-Champagne

The Canadian Press


MONTREAL — Even during the recent series of eight defeats for the Montreal canadiens, head coach Claude Julien hadn’t been so disappointed in the performance of his troupe.

After two steps forward, the Canadian has made it to the back, Wednesday night at the Bell Centre, losing 4-1 defeat to the Blackhawks of Chicago.

He has committed 24 turnovers in the face of the Blackhawks and has brought his record to 2-8-1 since the Christmas break.

“We had warned the players that the opposing team was good with his sticks. But we were not there at all, said Julien. We lose fights, we don récupérions not the washers free, we take the wrong decisions.

“For me, it was probably the worst game in our last 10. It happens, but it does not mean that I accept it. I am extremely disappointed with our performance tonight.”
Zack Smith has managed a double in the first period, and Drake Caggiula has amassed a goal and an assist, while Alex DeBrincat has also hit the target for the Blackhawks (22-20-6). Corey Crawford made 32 stops and has brought his record career in the face of the Habs to 10-2-2.

Crawford, from Chateauguay, has also triumphed in his last six starts in Montreal.

Phillip Danault has provided the timid response of the Canadian (20-21-7), who hoped to be on a roll after winning its two previous games. The attacker has admitted that the Canadian has struggled to mount one last charge in the third period : “At any given time, the game of catch-up, it catches up with us ourselves. It is necessary to avoid this situation, and it is also necessary to learn to play with the lead.”

Charlie Lindgren was pushed out of 24 shots, and he hasn’t won in three starts this season.

Good start of the Hawks

Even if they had played the previous night in Ottawa, the Blackhawks have been the best start, and they opened the scoring after 5:42 of the game in numerical inferiority. Caggiula has taken advantage of the confusion between Lindgren and Tomas Tatar to return the disk to Smith, who fired into an open net.

Smith added 2:50 later, deflecting a shot from the edge of Slater Koekkoek.

Lindgren has limited the damage, frustrating two times Dominik Kubalik, once laying on the ice to make the stop.

The Canadian has had a better start in the second twenty, while Danault has narrowed the gap after 54 seconds of play. Danault has taken advantage of a return of Ilya Kovalchuk, who tapped a fifth point in six games since his hiring by the Habs.

Caggiula then got two great opportunities to restore the advance of the visitors, but it has each time missed the target.

The Habs got two numerical advantages in the second period and Crawford had each time been to make a difference.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have brought the score to 3-1 at 11:27, which are in turn numerical advantage. DeBrincat has been fly while Lindgren had lost his shield a few moments earlier. The referees must immediately stop the game if a goalie loses his mask, according to the rules of the NHL.

Lindgren is back on this third goal of the Blackhawks. “It was weird not to have a piece of equipment, but it is like that. From my side, I wanted to continue to play as if I still had my shield.”

Max Domi was the player on the bench of punishment when the purpose of the Blackhawks since he was taken to the attacker Matthew Highmore. Domi remained nailed to the bench of the Habs for the remainder of the second period.

“I did what I had to do, it is simple as that, said Julien about his decision to leave Domi on the bench. When you take the punishments that are unnecessary like that, there are consequences.”

Max Domi has accepted the decision of his coach to nail him to the bench.

“This was not my intention to be punished, but I saw the replay and I deserved the punishment. It is unfortunate that they have marked. I couldn’t act like that, especially when I think of the situation we were in. It is like that.

The coach has made a decision. […] I wanted to create a spark, help us to rediscover our identity.”

Jonathan Toews had been denied a goal in numerical advantage early in the third period, as he had pushed the disc into the goal with his skate. This was only a postponement to the Blackhawks, since Caggiula has delivered the coup de grace at 11:40, following a reversal from Jordan Weal to the blue line of the Canadian.

After the meeting, the Canadian announced that striker Matthew Peca had been transferred to the Rocket of Laval, in the american hockey League.

The Canadian will play its next match on Thursday, when he will visit the Philadelphia Flyers. It will then play a final meeting before its bye week on Saturday, against the Golden Knights Vegas at the Bell Centre.

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