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Post Game Poutine: Five-Game Winning Streak for The Montreal Canadiens

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The Montreal Canadiens are an entirely different team lately, extending their win streak to five, after a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Artturi Lekhonen set the pace for the Canadiens by scoring two goals, while Ben Chiarot added an assist, to help lead the Canadiens to victory. Andrew Hammond won his second game in as many starts with the Canadiens, making 26 saves in the process. The Canadiens played a very tight third period against the Senators to hold down the lead, something they’ve had trouble doing this season. Key defensive performances from Chiarot, Lekhonen, and especially Andrew Hammond, helped the team hold down the one-goal lead and walk away with yet another victory.

Here’s your MHN Postgame Poutine:

GOLD STAR: Artturi Lekhonen – Lekhonen was all over the ice for the Montreal Canadiens tonight, He was always in the right place at the right time in this game, be it in the defensive zone or in the offensive zone. Both of his goals were a direct result of good positioning in the offensive zone, allowing him to quickly execute by getting to loose pucks first.  He was on the ice in the last instances of the game to hold down the lead he helped build. He was the best player on his line all night, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Canadiens, who could use this momentum to increase Lekhonen’s value before the NHL Trade Deadline.

 

TABARNAK: Ben Chiarot Penalty – Shortly after the start of the second period, Chiarot took an unnevessary tripping penalty while the Canadiens seemed to have all the momemtum coming in from a sctrong 1st period. Colin White eventually scored on that powerplay, and it seemed to give the Senators a boost. The Senators went on to control much of the pace in the 2nd period from that point on.

TURNING POINT: Lekhonen’s 2nd goal – Lekhonen jumped on a loose puck that came toward him in the offensive zone and unloaded a cannon of a one-timer to beat Matt Murray and give the lead back to the Canadiens. Prior to this goal, Ottawa had retaken control of the game, but Lekhonen was able to bring momentum back to the Canadiens with his timely strike.

HONORABLE MENTION: Brendan Gallagher – He may not have shown up on the scoresheet tonight, but he lived in the high-danger area all night and played a very intense game during the full 60 minutes. He seemed to set the pace of the game early on for the Canadiens and worked hard to keep them in the game during the 3rd period. His penalties could have been costly, yet everytime he came out of the penalty box, he followed it up with a monster shift resulting in significant offensive zone time and a complete shift in momentum.

 

BY THE NUMBERS: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lined up Saturday night:

Forwards

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Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson

Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher

Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Artturi Lehkonen

Michael Pezzetta – Ryan Poehling – Mathieu Perreault

Defence:

Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot

Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry

Corey Schueneman-Chris Wideman

Goalies:

Andrew Hammond

Sam Montembeault

QUOTE TO NOTE: ”He’s an excellent defensive player, and tonight he was rewarded with goals. ” – Martin St. Louis

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