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Canadiens Drop Game 2-1 To Avs, Despite Allen’s Strong Play

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The Montreal Canadiens had a hard time keeping up with the relentless Colorado Avalanche, but, thanks to Jake Allen, they stayed in the fight right to the end.

It wasn’t a pretty game for the Canadiens, who mustered just 20 shots on net against the Avalanche, 12 of which were in the first period.

Other than Anthony Richard’s incredible burst of speed that gave them the lead early on, it was all Colorado, from start to finish.

Luckily, Jake Allen seemingly came to play on Wednesday night, as he broke out some old-school, highlight-reel saves to keep the Canadiens in the fight.

Jonathan Drouin was probably the most notable forward for the Canadiens tonight, as he looked dangerous and came close on multiple occasions to sealing the deal for the Canadiens in the few openings the Avalanche offered Les Glorieux.

Unfortunately, even after Allen’s herculean effort, the Canadiens couldn’t get the job done in overtime, as Mikko Rantanen converted on a two-on-one to bring the score to 2-1 and win the game for his club.

Your Canadiens game recap below:

Jake The Snake

Jake Allen has had some terrible games this season, but when he’s on, he’s almost impossible to beat and could put the team on his back.

Well, that’s exactly what he did tonight for the Montreal Canadiens, as he consistently pushed back an onslaught of offensive opportunities, as the Canadiens remained hemmed in their zone for most of the game.

The only reason the Canadiens were able to squeak out of Denver with a point tonight was due to Allen. Pushing back 34 of 36 shots for the Canadiens, Allen had a handful of highlight-reel saves.

 

 

A 1st To Remember

The Montreal Canadiens recently gave AHL standout Anthony Richard an NHL audition via a call-up, and the results have been very encouraging, to say the least.

In his first game, he showed a lot of intensity and speed, creating many chances in his limited minutes. This led to an exciting, if not brief promotion to the top six.

He started his second game in a Canadiens uniform on the fourth line, but that did not deter him, as he scored his first NHL goal against the Avalanche in a fantastic breakaway effort.

Those who had an opportunity to watch him play in the AHL probably weren’t surprised by the goal, because it involved all the classic elements of a Richard goal.

It involved speed off the rush. A lot of speed.

He kept it simple.

And he baited the goalie with an incredibly deceptive release that’s paired with fantastic accuracy.

Homecoming

The Canadiens were set to play Arturri Lehkonen for the first time since the NHL Trade deadline move that saw him head to Denver in exchange for Justin Barron and a 2024 2nd-round pick.

A heart-and-soul player for the Canadiens for years, Lehkonen quickly made a home for himself with the Avalanche and was an instrumental piece of the Stanley Cup run last spring.

He’s having a phenomenal season so far this year for the Avalanche, and the he showed more of the same tonight against his former team.

When the Avalanche needed a big goal in the third period, it was Lehkonen who was able to provide it by jumping on a puck down low on a power play for his 9th of the season.

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