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Undiscplined Canadiens Edged By Dallas Stars In 4-2 Loss

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The Montreal Canadiens got some unexpected offence from their fourth line, but their lack of discipline sunk them again, as it powered the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 victory.

The Canadiens looked to have the Dallas Stars exactly where they wanted them in the second period. The Canadiens were playing a strong 5-on-5 games and Jake Allen was standing on his head, but Montreal allowed the Stars back into the game the moment they started running into old, bad habits: penalties.

From there, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson went to work. The Stars wrestled their way back into the game and eventually went on the score four unanswered goals en route to a gutsy victory.

For the Canadiens, their luck eventually ran out, as they had played with fire against the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, but they were still able to push the game to overtime. In tonight’s game, the Canadiens were simply too overwhelmed by the strong push by the Stars in the third period and were handed a very disappointing loss.

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No Discipline, No Glory

The Montreal Canadiens have been burned in the past by their lack of discipline, and it was more of the case again tonight, as the Canadiens allowed three power play goals against, which ultimately led to their downfall in the game.

The Canadiens looked to have a strong hold on the game with a 2-0 halfway through the game, but an untimely tripping penalty to Jonathan Drouin opened the door for the Stars to get back in the game, and they weren’t going to pass up such a nice gift this close to holidays.

The Canadiens went on to allow two more goals while Dallas was on the man advantage, which flipped the momentum of the game, and the lead, firmly in Dallas’ way.

The Canadiens can often keep up with any team in the NHL at even strength, but the moment they run into penalty trouble, that’s where they’ve run into trouble this season.

 

Monkey Off Back

It was a long time coming for Jake Evans, who hadn’t scored a goal for the Canadiens since April 29, 2022; the last game of the 2021-2022 season.

After 33 games so far this year, Evans hadn’t yet found the back of the net, but he had been knocking on the door as of late and finally got the monkey off his back; and on the power play no less.

After a nice rush into the offensive zone by Micheal Pezzetta, Evans quickly split the Stars’ defence and managed to pry the puck and deke out Oettinger for a pretty goal.

It was a huge weight for Evans, who looked to have rockets on his skates after the goal and looked like the most engaged forward throughout the game.

Hopefully, this helps give him some momentum going into the second half of the season.

 

Bottom-Line, Top Line

The Canadiens’ fourth line was by far their best line of the evening.

Sure, Jake Evans got his first goal of the season, but Micheal Pezzetta and Anthony Richard really controlled the play while on the ice.

Pezetta was reinserted into the lineup against the Stars, and needed to make an impact if Martin St-Louis was going to keep him in the lineup moving forward.

Pezzetta notched himself a beautiful goal in the second period to bring the Canadiens’ lead to 2-0 over the Dallas Stars.

After receiving a lot of criticism during the season, it was great to see the Canadiens’ bottom line contribute offensively and lead the way for a team that has been saved by their top line more often than not.

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