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Young Canadiens Drop Crazy Game To Canucks In 7-6 OT Loss

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The Montreal Canadiens had a rollercoaster of a game against the Vancouver Canucks that will serve as a learning moment for their youngsters, as the Habs drop the game 7-6 in overtime.

There’s so much to unpack here.

The Canadiens looked to be in complete control of this game after scoring four goals early in the 1st period, but the Vancouver Canucks stormed their way back to not only tie the game, but take the lead in the third period.

It was a game for momentum swings, as the Canucks looked to be in control to start the game, only for the Canadiens to steamroll them; only for the Canadiens to allow the Canucks back into the game.

It was a learning experience for the Canadiens’ young defence, as they will need to deal with pressure with a little more ease. They opened up the game to the Canucks the more the game went on, and the Canucks, starved for wins after a slow start for the season, took full advantage of the opportunity to force overtime and run away with the victory.

It’s one of those games that you can expect for a rebuilding club.

Here’s your game recap:

Early-Game Surge

The Montreal Canadiens looked shaky for the first couple of minutes in this game and went on to score four goals in just under nine minutes.

Jordan Harris was the star of this period on defence, as he helped set up Cole Caufield with a beautiful play for the one-timer goal, and closed the four-goal outburst with a great rush and pass to Micheal Pezzetta for a second assist in the period.

Nick Suzuki also got into the offensive fun, scoring a goal off the rush, thanks to a strong feed from Kaiden Guhle.

His shot, which has quickly become his more dangerous weapon of late, went through the glove of goaltender Spencer Martin to give the Canadiens the 2-0 lead.

Suzuki then quickly went to work on a subsequent power play minutes later, setting up every single player on the power play to no avail, until he connected with Sean Monahan in front of the net for the tip-in; giving the Montreal Canadiens the 3-0 lead.

Learning Experience

The Vancouver Canucks were down 4-0 by the halfway point of the second period and looked to be out of it.

But Vancouver showed some resilience in this game and continued to push forth and put shots on Samuel Montembeault, who had robbed them multiple times in the first period.

Finally, Conor Garland and Ilya Mikheyev scored within the last four minutes of the second period to give the Canucks some life.

Captain Bo Horvat kept the momentum going in the third period with a quick goal by the four-minute mark, and Mikheyev completed the comeback less than two minutes later to complete the comeback for the Canucks and brought the score to 4-4.

It was a show of inexperience by the Canadiens‘ young blue line, as they seemed to get more and more nervous in their own end as the Canucks gained momentum.

Even after gatting the lead back late in the third period after goals from Christian Dvorak and Josh Anderson, the Canucks powered back to force overtime and eventually run away with the victory.

The Canadiens will have a lot of video to go over when they get home after this road trip, that’s for sure.

Mounting Injuries

Despite scoring a goal in the game, Sean Monahan was forced the leave the game halfway through due to an injury.

He was spotted wearing a walking boot during this Western road trip and had been playing through some pain as of late.

With Brendan Gallagher and David Savard also drawing out of the lineup of late, the Canadiens are starting to see their injury ward get pretty crowded.

It’s happening at the worst possible time of the season, as the Canadiens are set to play their most demanding month yet in December.

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