The Montreal Canadiens fell to the New York Islanders by the score of 3-0 in Carey Price’s return to the lineup.
The Islanders came out with a gutsy win in Montreal in honour of legend Mike Bossy, who had unfortunately passed away this morning from a difficult battle with lung cancer. The Montreal Canadiens honoured Bossy before the game with a moment of silence, while the Islanders honoured the fallen legend with the win.
Carey Price‘s return was a highly anticipated moment for the Montreal Canadiens faithful, who hadn’t seen their franchise goaltender since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The road to recovery was a long, nine-month process, but Price was back where he belonged tonight, tending to the net of the Montreal Canadiens.
The Canadiens played as well as they have all season in the defensive zone, limiting the Islanders to just 20 shots all game while peppering Ilya Sorokin of the Islanders with 44 shots. Unfortunately, it took an untimely 3-on-0 and a perfectly placed shot from Noah Dobson to pierce the armour of Carey Price, and that was enough for the Islanders to walk away with the win. Sorokin was the difference maker in this game for the Islanders, warding off every single one of Montreal’s offensive chances and calming things down for the Islanders as the Canadiens came out roaring to start the game in the first period.
Here’s your MHN Postgame Poutine:
GOLD STAR: Ilya Sorokin – Ilya Sorokin was by far the best player on the ice, as he made all the big saves and withstood some impressive offensive bursts from the Canadiens to help the Islanders walk out of Montreal with the victory. The New York Islanders netminder stopped everything the Montreal Canadiens threw at him and gave his team confidence the more the game progressed. Sorokin shut the door on the Canadiens late in the third period as they tried to mount a comeback, coming up with big stops and pushing pucks to the outside for his teammates to start the transition out of the defensive zone. A well-earned shutout for Sorokin.
The 3-on-0 makes it 1-0. pic.twitter.com/3pIGnpASxf
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 16, 2022
TABARNAK: Carey Price Tripped, No Penalty: Mid-way through the third period, Carey Price had his feet taken from under him by an Islanders player without either referee motioning for goaltender interference. The Montreal Canadiens faithful rightfully let the officials in the game have it, as Price fell flat on his back without any consequence to the Islanders at a critical point in the game.
TURNING POINT: Parise Breaks the Ice: The Montreal Canadiens had dominated the Islanders in shots all game, but it would be New York that would break the ice 4 minutes into the the third period. Zach Parise completed a 3-on-0 for the Islanders off a Corey Schueneman turnover to give the Islanders the lead in the game. The Islanders would quickly add a second goal to take a commanding lead in the game.
Welcome back, Carey Price pic.twitter.com/pcrdxJ7lcH
— Montreal Hockey Now (@MTLhockeynow) April 15, 2022
HONORABLE MENTION: Carey Price: The Montreal Canadiens goaltender returned to the lineup after nine months and was met with the loudest ovation of the season. He played a technically sound game, even though the Canadiens limited the Islanders in offences chances. Even though he allowed two goals, his return is a massive accomplishment, as he overcame incredible adversity to suit up for some of the Canadiens’ last games of the season. The moment he shared with the fanbase was undoubtedly one of the season’s highlights.
BY THE NUMBERS: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lined up Friday night:
Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki–Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman-Christian Dvorak-Brendan Gallagher
Rem Pitlick-Jake Evans-Joel Armia
Tyler Pitlick-Ryan Poehling-Micheal Pezzetta
Alexander Romanov-David Savard
Joel Edmundson-Jeff Petry
Corey Schueneman-Chris Wideman
QUOTE TO NOTE: “People were lining up to see Carey. To have him back out there means a lot to this organization and to us. It was really special; he played a solid game, we just couldn’t put the puck in the net for him.” – Nick Suzuki on the return of Carey Price