The Montreal Canadiens solely wanted one purpose Friday night time as Carey Value made 30 saves in a 1-0 shutout win because the Habs head dwelling with a 2-0 collection lead over the Winnipeg Jets.
Montreal ahead Tyler Toffoli’s shorthanded purpose early within the second interval was the one puck that received by way of a goalie.
Within the first recreation since Mark Scheifele’s four-game suspension was handed down by the NHL Division of Participant Security, Pierre-Luc Dubois stepped into the position of first line centreman between Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler. Jordie Benn changed an injured Dylan DeMelo on defence, whereas Paul Stastny missed a second straight recreation.
The Jets got here out flying within the first interval doing their greatest to restrict Montreal’s scoring possibilities and protecting the puck to the surface. Logan Stanley and Derek Forbort stood their floor protecting Habs’ forwards away from any rebounds permitting Connor Hellebuyck to see each puck coming his means.
Winnipeg’s second line of Perreault, Copp and Ehlers had essentially the most possibilities all interval hemming the Canadiens within the offensive zone every shift, utilizing their velocity and fast passes to maintain the puck shifting and grabbing unfastened pucks brought on by a powerful forecheck.
The primary powerplay of the sport got here within the second interval after Paul Byron tried, however missed lifting Adam Lowry’s stick and caught Lowry within the mouth. Strive as he may, Lowry wasn’t in a position to present the referee any blood from the excessive stick, protecting the powerplay to solely two minutes.
The puck wasn’t bouncing the Jets’ means as Toffoli grabbed a unfastened puck from a humorous hop off the top boards after Kyle Connor’s slap shot went vast. Toffoli got here down on a 2-on-1, waited out a sliding Josh Morrissey and a back-checking Connor to fireside dwelling the opening purpose blocker aspect on Hellebuyck to provide the Habs a shorthanded 1-0 lead.
After Toffoli’s purpose, the Canadiens did every thing they might to get in entrance of Winnipeg’s level photographs and performed conservatively on offense, not taking dangers ensuring they’d numbers when backchecking. Late within the second interval, an errant go from Kristian Vesalainen to Ehlers landed on the tape of Phillip Danault who rapidly turned up ice for a 3-on-2 alternative snuffed out by Hellebuyck.
The sport was considerably much less bodily than the collection opener with few scuffles in entrance of the online and solely a handful of robust checks as each groups relied extra on studying the play and protecting their sticks energetic to strip their opponents within the impartial zone.
Lower than a minute into the third, each goalies had been examined from shut vary. Pierre-Luc Dubois took a feed from Nikolaj Ehlers and fired a fast shot low on Value who steered the rebound into the nook and shortly after Jesperi Kotkaniemi grabbed a unfastened puck and walked in on their lonesome on Hellebuyck who caught out his proper pad to maintain the younger Finnish star off the board.
Ehlers might have bought a visit halfway by way of the third, but it surely put Shea Weber within the field and gave the Jets solely their second powerplay of the night time. Some good puck motion had Morrissey tee one up and blast it by way of site visitors solely to have Value swallow it up. The lone shot on internet was the one probability the Jets would get with the person benefit because the Canadiens clamped down on the blue line giving the Jets complications attempting to only get the puck within the zone.
A way of urgency Winnipeg would have favored to see all recreation came visiting the Jets within the third interval as they tried to press the Canadiens into their zone and get extra pucks on internet to check Value. The Habs received our bodies within the slot and knocked down pucks with fingers, shoulders and legs irritating Winnipeg’s defence on the lookout for the equalizer.
Robust defensive play created two harmful offensive possibilities for the Habs. Paul Byron tried to sneak one below Hellebuyck’s left pad on a 2-on-1 and fewer than a minute later the previous Vezina Trophy winner squeezed Nick Suzuki’s shot holding the result in just one because the third ticked away.
Tyler Toffoli almost had his second of the night time hitting the submit on the empty internet with 25 seconds left and the rebound to Danault was saved by a sprawling Neal Pionk.
The Habs wouldn’t want so as to add an insurance coverage marker as Value recorded his eighth profession playoff shutout within the win, sending the collection again to Montreal with Jets down 0-2 and nonetheless with out Scheifele for the subsequent three video games.
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