The Canadian may have lost 1-0 against the Wild in Minnesota Monday night, there was still the positive in what head coach Claude Julien had to report after the meeting.
The club had feared the worst for a few hours because the defender Shea Weber has had to go to the hospital after the first period because he had received a shot in the face in the beginning of the meeting. Julien announced after the game that the results of the examinations confirmed that Weber had not suffered a fracture to the face.
Weber, who has already missed the first 24 games of the campaign, would even accompany the team on its flight to Detroit. Julien was expected that his captain faces the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
This is a shot of Mikael Granlund that hit Weber in the face after 5:53 of the game. Weber seemed to have been shaken on the sequence, but he ended the period. The team doctors have apparently decided not to take chance when they met him during the intermission and he was sent to the hospital.
Granlund also scored the only goal of the game in the third period, and the Canadian (22-16-5) has finally received a second setback. The Finn took advantage of a beast’s change of heart Jeff Petry to register his 12th goal of the season at 6:58 for the last third.
A few hours after the team announced that Carey Price gave up his participation in the all-star game, the goalie of the Habs pushed back 24 shots.
“It’s been a game quite equal. I would even say that we got more chances to score, analyzed Julien. However, the errors we make are becoming costly, and not just tonight. We need to limit errors, not caused. When the games are tight, mistakes like these are very expensive.”
At the other end of the rink, Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves to register a first shutout to his record this season. The Wild (21-17-3) has won a ninth game in a row against the Canadian.
The last victory of the Canadian against the Wild dates back to 8 November 2014.
If the night Weber was a brief one, that of Kenny Agostino has been even shorter, who has played for only 25 seconds. Agostino has borne the brunt of the punishment for major and match for a failure a little later to the place of Eric Fehr. This last seemed to be cut above the right eye by giving against the top of the band and he also retired for good in the locker room.
Nick Seeler came to the defense of Fehr, throwing the gloves in front of d’agostino’s for a brief fight.
After the game, Julien has flayed the referees Justin St-Pierre and Eric Furlatt, accusing them including a penalty for interference against the goaltender in the place of Mike Reilly and their laxity during elbow from Greg Pateryn at the location of Max Domi.
“I just think that we don’t have the benefit of the doubt at home according to the identity of the arbitrators, he stated. This is my opinion, but I would like to that the referees are more righteous than they were.”
After her duel with the Red Wings on Tuesday, the Canadian will play against the Blues on Thursday in St. Louis before welcoming the Colorado Avalanche at the Bell Centre on Saturday.
ECHOES OF LOCKER ROOM
Jeff Petry explains the turnaround that he has committed and which led to the goal of the Wild:
“I would have had to use the ramp. I thought I had seen where it was positioned “Mikey” (Reilly). I instead sent the puck to the middle. I should have known better to draw the player in failure-before and go there as a pass indirectly.”
Brendan Gallagher commented on the challenge of playing with two players less for most of the meeting:
“We are quite rested now, even if we begin a sequence loaded. You must use all your resources on the bench when things like this happens, but this is not an excuse. I even believe that we have been able to apply pressure.”
Mike Reilly commented on the game when Shea Weber was shot in the face:
“It is simply bad luck. You want to touch the puck so that it deflects in the protective netting, which will result in a game. Sometimes, the washer will climb on your stick and you touching it.”
THE FIVE KEY MOMENTS OF THE MATCH
Short evening for Agostino
Question to set the tone for the encounter, the attacker of the Canadian Kenny Agostino went in a hard-hitting failure at the location of the center Eric Fehr after 2:28 of the game. The catch is that the contact came a little too long after that, Fehr was stripped of the puck and the player of the Wild fell face first against the tape, cutting her above the right eye. The defender of the Wild Nick Seeler came to the defense of his teammate and threw the gloves in front of Agostino, who has been expelled from the meeting for obstruction. The Wild has finally got that 2:31 of numerical advantage because of a punishment for the instigator to the place of Seeler and an offence of Jason Zucker before the end of the major penalty against Agostino. The Wild got a single scoring opportunity for his numerical advantage, but Carey Price stopped the shot on receipt of Jared Spurgeon before frustrate Jordan Greenway and Nino Niederreiter on returns.
The wind turns
After surviving the storm in the beginning of the period, the Canadian has knocked out the steam stripping 10 of the last 12 shots of the engagement. The Habs in particular, challenged four times the goaltender Devan Dubnyk during a numerical advantage. The second unit of the Canadian consisted of Jeff Petry, Artturi Lehkonen, Paul Byron, Brendan Gallagher and Jesperi Kotkaniemi has controlled the disc for long periods of time in the area of the Wild. Lehkonen went there for two shots, upon receipt, while Petry has attempted twice to surprise Dubnyk from the blue line, to no avail.
The space on the bench
There was already a little more space on the bench of the Canadian in the wake of the expulsion of Kenny Agostino in the first period when the sky fell on the head of the club. The defender Shea Weber did not return on the bench after the first intermission. Weber had been shot in the face by a shot from Mikael Granlund in the first period. Doing honor to his reputation as a warrior, Weber had completed the first twenty, even though it had been reached after a little less than six minutes to play in the encounter. The doctors of the team are likely to be recommended during the intermission that his evening of work ends a little earlier.
Zucker wastes a rare opportunity
During a second period where the game has been particularly disjointed, the attacker of the Wild Jason Zucker got the most beautiful scoring opportunity with 5:11 to make the commitment. The defender of the Canada’s Mike Reilly went there as a pass imprecise at his right hand towards Jeff Petry and Zucker took the opportunity to recover the disk and plow on alone to the keeper Carey Price. Zucker, who established a top staff with 33 goals last season, went to a deke to his backhand, but his shot missed the target.
Petry a little too generous
For one of the two teams manages to register the brand, it took the help of the opponent. The gift so long waited for is come the Canadian, and more specifically, the defender Jeff Petry. After being seized on a loose puck deep in his own territory, He tried a strong password in a careless, backhand and almost blindly to Mike Reilly. However, Reilly seemed not to expect such passes, and the puck ended up in the circle in game to the left of Carey Price when it was retrieved by Mikael Granlund. Always efficient and productive in the face of the Canadian, the attacker Finnish has broken the equal to a 0-0 draw at 6:58 of the third period. The Canadian has been unable to clear this goal and suffered another defeat at the hands of Devan Dubnyk and the Wild.