Friday, March 1, 2024

Canadiens’ dropping streak in Minnesota continues with a 4-3 loss in OT

It has been 12 years now because the Habs final beat the Wild on the XCel Power Centre when P.Okay. Subban had a hat-trick.

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It has been a really very long time because the Canadiens gained a sport in Minnesota.

How lengthy?

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Properly, it was 10 days earlier than Juraj Slafkovsky — the No. 1 general choose by the Canadiens on the 2022 NHL Draft — celebrated his seventh birthday in Slovakia.

Jacques Martin was the pinnacle coach and P.Okay. Subban had a hat-trick when the Canadiens beat the Wild 8-1 in Minnesota on March 20, 2011. Andrei Kostitsyn, Travis Moen, Tom Pyatt, Ryan White and James Wisniewski additionally scored that evening on the Xcel Power Heart. Goalie Alex Auld made 30 saves for the win, whereas former Canadiens goalie José Theodore allowed 5 targets within the Wild web earlier than being changed by Niklas Backstrom.

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Loads has modified since then and not one of the Canadiens within the lineup that evening are nonetheless with the group. However one factor hasn’t modified: the Canadiens can’t win in Minnesota.

They got here shut Thursday evening, however ended up dropping 4-3 to the Wild on a aim by Kirill Kaprizov with 5 seconds left in extra time.

It was the Canadiens’ tenth straight loss on the Xcel Power Centre. The Wild have a 16-1-0 report of their final 17 video games general in opposition to the Canadiens and have gained seven straight, together with a 5-2 win on the Bell Centre on Oct. 17 this season.

Matt Boldy, Marco Rossi and Brock Faber scored for the Wild in regulation time Thursday evening, whereas the Canadiens bought targets from David Savard, Nick Suzuki and Slafkovsky. The Canadiens, with Samuel Montembeault in aim, outshot the Wild 25-24

The Wild improved their report to 14-13-4 and they’re 9-3-0 since John Hynes changed Dean Evason as head coach on Nov. 27. The Canadiens are actually 14-14-4.

The Canadiens had been completely outplayed by the Wild within the first interval, getting outshot 13-3 and falling behind 2-0.

They rebounded properly within the second interval, outshooting the Wild 12-4 and chopping Minnesota’s result in 2-1 when Savard scored his second aim of the season on the 8:17 mark. It was the twenty fifth aim this season by a Canadiens defenceman.

Suzuki tied it up 2-2 together with his ninth aim of the season at 1:09 of the third interval on an influence play. Suzuki, who additionally assisted on Savard’s aim, leads the Canadiens in scoring with 9-19-28 totals and is now tied with Sean Monahan for the group lead in targets.

Faber put the Wild up 3-2 at 8:57 of the third interval, however as soon as once more the Canadiens didn’t quit and Slafkovsky tied the rating together with his third aim of the season at 16:57, ending his hunch of 13 video games and not using a aim and giving him 3-7-10 totals this season.

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For the second straight sport, Kaprizov scored in OT to provide the Wild a win after they beat the Bruins 4-3 Tuesday evening in Boston. Kaprizov additionally had two assists and the Russian — chosen by Minnesota within the fifth spherical (one hundred and thirty fifth general) of the 2015 NHL Draft — leads the Wild in scoring with 11-19-30 totals.

Rossi, an Austrian chosen ninth general by the Wild on the 2020 NHL Draft, had a Gordie Howe hat-trick with a aim, two assists and a struggle with Kaiden Guhle after the Canadiens defenceman had checked Kaprizov arduous into the boards halfway via the second interval. Rossi is 5-foot-9 and 182 kilos, whereas Guhle is 6-foot-3 and 201 kilos.

Ahead Emil Heineman made his NHL debut for the Canadiens after getting known as up from the AHL’s Laval Rocket final week, however solely had 5:56 of ice time. Canadiens GM Kent Hughes acquired Heineman from the Calgary Flames as a part of the Tyler Toffoli commerce in February 2022.

The Canadiens had been trying to win three straight video games for the primary time this season, however got here up brief.

On the intense facet, the Canadiens have earned factors in 5 of their final six video games (3-1-2). They are going to be again in motion Friday in Chicago in opposition to the Blackhawks and Connor Bedard, the No. 1 general choose at this 12 months’s NHL Draft (8:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Bedard leads NHL rookies in scoring with 12-16-28, seven factors forward of the Wild’s Rossi, who has 11-10-21 totals.

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“We knew it was going to be a bodily, emotional sport,” the Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher, who has now gone 18 video games and not using a aim, instructed reporters in Minnesota after the sport. “They’re enjoying some actually good hockey proper now — we really feel like we’re as nicely. We stored battling again and battling again. I believed it might have been good to come back out of right here with two factors. We bought a degree in a constructing we haven’t had a number of success in. If we are able to discover a method to win the sport tomorrow we’re in a reasonably great place going into the (Christmas) break.”

Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis favored his group’s perspective.

“I don’t imply being constructive … it’s not even that,” St. Louis instructed reporters in Minnesota. “It’s simply an perspective of we’re getting after it and we’re making an attempt to not be denied and management what we are able to and that’s what we’re doing and it’s actually enjoyable being on the bench.”

Fortunately for the Canadiens, they don’t should play the Wild once more this season.

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