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Postgame Poutine: Petry Owns Mistake But Oilers Demoralize Canadiens



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If the Montreal Canadiens were trying to pay homage to Hockey Day In Canada they did a fantastic job in what amounted to a game of shinny the Edmonton Oilers took 7-2. The Oilers happily obliged a seemingly -and understandably – disinterested  Habs team more interested in getting home after skating in front of another empty Bell Centre pond of ice.

Oilers, and former Toronto Maple Leafs nemesis, Zach Hyman, had two goals, and an assist, Leon Drasaitl scored two goals to pad his NHL-leading goal total to 31 goals. Evander Kane scored in his Oilers debut and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (1g,1a), Duncan Keith (2a), and Warren Fogale (2a) each had two points for the Oilers. Stuart Skinner stopped 21 of 23 shots from the Montreal Canadiens.

Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli lit the lamp for the Montreal Canadiens and Ben Ciarot, Nick Suzuki, Jake Evans, and Mike Hoffman all chipped in with assists. Samuel Montembeault allowed six goals on 16 shots before being relieved by Cayden Primeau, who allowed just one goal on eight shots.

GOLD STARZach Hyman – With his two goals Saturday, Hyman snapped a 12-game goalless streak. Hyman had just two assists over that span but he broke out of his slump Saturday.




SILVER STAR: Leon Draisaitl – It’s come to the point this season where we need to expect either Draisaitl or Connor McDavid will score in a game. The Montreal Canadiens actually held McDavid to no points Saturday, but Draisaital, not so much. The NHL’s leading goal scorer was in video game mode at the Bell Centre and extended his NHL goals lead to 31.



TABARNAK: Dom Ducharme –  How Dom Ducharme can spew this nonsense is baffling. Either he doesn’t care anymore or he’s just in denial.



TURNING POINT: 11:21-13:08 First Period – Kane, Hyman, and Draisaitl scored within a 1:41 span and it was all downhill for the Montreal Canadiens from there.


HONORABLE MENTION: Jeff Petry – When the game ended and yours truly was working away and getting ready for the Montreal Canadiens postgame Zoom call, the Tabarnak was a slam dunk. Habs defenseman Jeff Petry was staring right at Oilers and former Canadiens winger Zack Kassian as he dumped Montenbeault behind the Habs’ net like the Hanson Brothers would in Slapshot. Watching it over and over, there was simply no excuse for Petry who had a clean line of sight on the play, for not going after Kassian. Well, while the lack of response was not a great sign for where this team is, the way Petry owned up to the media after was a breath of fresh air before Ducharme’s complete denial of what anyone who watched this game saw. Good on him for admitting fault and acknowledging the temperature of the team.

Here’s the hit on Montenbeault and the lack of response from his teammates:


And here’s Petry’s response:



QUOTE TO NOTE: “That’s on me and the other guys on the ice. It’s not a matter of fighting him… Just a matter of getting in his face so he knows that can’t happen.” – Petry on the non-response to Kassian hit on Montembeault.

LINEUP: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lineup looked for faceoff Saturday against the Oilers:


Artturi Lehkonen-Nick Suzuki-Tyler Toffoli

Laurent Dauphin – Ryan Poehling – Mike Hoffman

Rem Pitlick-Jake Evans-Josh Anderson

Michael Pezzetta- Lukas Vejdemo-Cedric Paquette


Alexander Romanov-Ben Chiarot

Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry

Kale Clague-Chris Wideman


Sam Montembeault

Cayden Primeau