To say that San Jose sharks have the number of Canadians, that would be a bit mild.
Sharks beat Canadiens 3-1 on Sunday night at the Center Bell, which should not be a surprise. It was the seventh victory for San Jose over Canadiens and sharks were 11-1-0 in the last 12 meetings between the two teams.
The last time Canadiens defeated sharks on March 21, 2015 when they won 2-0 in the center of Bell. Kerry Cayce stopped all 29 footage that night was about to leave, while Anti Nimi stood out 27 of the 28 shots he faced in the shark network. Thomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher scored a goal for Canadiens.
Price, Gallagher and Jeff Perry are the only three players from that game who are still with Canadiens. Niemi is now Caesar's backup with Canadiens.
Sharks entered the game on Sunday night (0-3-1) after losing 6-2 to senators in Ottawa on Saturday and were 20-7 in those four matches.
The game on Sunday was the last of the five-game track for sharks and Canadiens were the perfect tonic to end their recession. Justin Brown, Brent Barnes and Joe Pavel scored points for sharks, while Petty answered Canada.
For Canadiens, it was their sixth loss in the last seven games (1-4-2), and their record fell to 12-10-5, but are remarkably still clinging to the second play-play place at the Eastern Conference.
Bad start for Patty
Things started bad for Canadiens, when Patti telephoned a passage he defended from Sharks, Brown, in the neutral zone. Brown then carried the pack into the Canadiens zone and beat the Price clean with slap on the side of the blocker from the top of the circle to the left side of the goalkeeper at 2:55 of the first period.
"It's my fault," said Patti after the match. "I somehow hesitated and the D-husband told me that he would pass it and I picked up the second second and he read it and just stepped forward. I see there, I think a safer game is just to chip it in the neutral zone and play it safer on that. "
Sharks took the lead from 2-0 at 10:29 from the first period when Burns scored a 5-to-3 power game. The shots at that time were 8-1 for sharks.
Canadiens, who this season proved they would not give up, fought back and ended the Ace 40-29 attacks in the game, but only one champion equalized Martin Jones.
"I think they're a good team," Patti told Sharks. "I think that in the first period they were more desperate than us. In this time, I do not think they got the game and we knew they were coming and we knew they would be hungry. I think they were a better team in the first period and how the game it's been better, but it's something we need to do from the very beginning. I think we have won one of our last six, so there is no reason we should not be desperate, as well as to win points and move to the standings ".
There is no end to Canadiens
Canadiens hit the 40-shooter for the third and first game this season, but simply could not end up against sharks.
"They are a team of fighters, "said Andrew Show at Canadiens." We had tons of chances, but we just have to start burying those chances and we need to start playing games better. We had a good start yesterday against New York and we continued the whole game (beating Rangers 5-2). Again, tonight we were just looking. "
Brendan Gallagher had a team-high six blows for Canadiens, while Petty and Mike Riley had five.
As for just one victory in the last seven games, Shaw said: "Many of these games that we lost were victorious, tight games. We come across a few hot goalkeepers, but I think it's our start to be better. "
Another man mountain performance
Captain Canadian Shea Webber, playing in the third game after being shut down almost a year after the leg and knee surgery, reported on ice against sharks with six strokes, three strokes and even in a plus / minus. He is an average point per game with a 2-1-3 sum and is a plus-2, while on average he scored a team of 24:48 ice time.
"It's as good as I felt in a long time, surely," said Weber, who suffered a broken left leg in the first game of the last season and played 26 matches on it before being shut down and required surgery to repair the damage to the tendon at the foot , followed by an operation outside the season to repair the meniscal tear in the right knee.
"I feel better, sure," said the captain. "You definitely get speed down with a little bit faster and making plays and attempts to analyze things and watch the plays quickly evolve in the last few games … Just to get back into the game situations. Practice … the practices are good, you can do a lot of things and do a lot of things. But, until you get into situations where you need to read and react and use your instincts, that's a bit different. "
The Man's Mountain was asked if he was surprised at how well he played after returning to the squad after such a long pause.
"I gave them a lot of pressure to be successful, obviously, I wanted to come back and be as good as I could," Weber said. "Obviously I believe in myself and I believe in my work ethic and I believed I could go back. It's just the beginning but definitely a good start so far."
Brett Kulack, playing his second game as a Webber defense partner, also had a solid outcome, entered 21:54 from the ice-time with two hits, one hit, one gift and was even in plus / minus.
"He plays calmly, he is now playing with a lot of playing," Weber told Kulak. "I hope he just keeps on doing it, because he really works well so far".
Weber received a dubious mixed sentence late in the second period, when he hit "Jonas Donskoy" on the sharks in the blackboard with what looked like a clean check.
Asked if he was surprised when a sentence was imposed, Webber said: "Yes, a little. I have to look it closer. But I was thinking pretty close game. He plays the spirit. I would expect to be hit if I want to make such a drama. So it goes. Apparently, we killed him and we managed to get out of him. "
Scrolling fine line
After winning Saturday night over Rangers, Arpon Basu of Athletic asked Webber as a slip on the fine line between what is punishable and what is not with his physical style of play.
Basu suggested Webber to get more out of the judges than to play a younger, less respected player.
"I think they are harder for me," Weber said with a smile. "I can not say that.
"I play hard and, apparently, sometimes things pass by … the game is going fast and, obviously, you want to play hard and make a difference, but you do not want to put your team in," Weber added, who had four hits against the Rangers . "I played several matches, but the rules have also changed a lot."
Back to back about the price
Canadian coach Claude Julien decided to start the "Price in the Goal" from the night before, after making 20 beats in Sunday night's victory over the Rangers. Julien stuck with the same line he used on Saturday, which means that the attackers Charles Houdon and Matthew Peta were healthy scratches, along with counsel Xavier Uelet.
"You need to take the time to think about it," said Julien before the price-matching game begins on his feet back. "When we looked back in the whole situation, I do not think he had a hard night (against the Rangers) … 22 shots. I think we did a pretty good job before him. So there is no reason … no one says that a goalkeeper can not play back I think he is ready to go tonight and he is our No. 1 goalkeeper. We need some victories and we will give the best possible chance by trying to put the best lineup on the ice. "
The price is 26 Shark Sharks, while his record fell to 8-8-4 with 3.05 goals, an average of 8.898 percent.
A bright place for Hubs
Canadiens can play the last place in the NHL in the game, winning only 46.6 percent, but they won 60 percent of their rivals against sharks.
Michael Chaput spent 4-1 in a circle (80 percent), while Philip Daitoult scored 13-6 (68 percent), and Shao was 8-4 (67 percent).
Yulsen could practice this week
When Julien met with the media before the match on Sunday evening, he said that the defending advocate Noah Juelsen, who missed the sixth game of facial fracture, can very quickly continue practicing with Canadiens.
"If everything goes well, there is a possibility that it can be practiced with us starting this week, it may be tomorrow or Tuesday, whatever it is." So this is a good sign. Again, because of his injury he has not been cleared to play , but he is released to practice. There is no contact for now, and then he will progress from there. "
Julusen suffered the injury when he was hit in the face with a duel pack for the second time during the first period of loss of 5: 4 to Washington Capitals in the Bell Center on November 19. In 17 matches this season, Yülsen 1-4-5 and is a plus-3, while on average it is 17:32 from the time of ice.
Mete achieved his first goal as a professional
Defender Victor Matt scored his first goal on Saturday for a hockey probe with the Laval missile with a loss of 5-4 on the comets Yutica in the AHL action at Bel.
It was MATE's second game with the rocket after being sent to AHL from Canadiens. In 72 matches with Canadiens in the last two moraines, Mete has no goals and 11 assists.
"It's always good to get the first one," Matt said after the match. "It's been a long time. I had a lot of chances, so it's finally good to get it."
Mike McCaron, the first Canadiens player (25th place) of the NHL draft 2013, collected four assists in the defeat of Comets, giving him 3-9-12 in 22 matches this season. On the rocket their record fell to 8-13-3.
On Sunday night, the Rocket announced it had signed counsel deputy Simon Depress to a professional test contract.
After Sunday's match, the Canadians canceled the training scheduled for 11 am at the Bell Sports Complex in Brosar, and players will have a day off before playing back against players against Senators at the Bell Center on Tuesday (7:30 pm, TSN2, TSN5, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) and Thursday in Ottawa (19:30, TSN2, TSN5, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). The Canadians will then have a rare Saturday night before visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday (6 am, SN, SN1, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).