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Canadiens Slafkovsky Scores In Embarrassing Loss To Bruins



Montreal canadiens versus Boston Bruins

The Montreal Canadiens were in Boston on Saturday night for a rematch with the talented Bruins.

Head coach Martin St-Louis decided to switch things up among his forward lines, with Alex Newhook joining Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield on the top line, Josh Anderson shifting to the second line with Brendan Gallagher and Christian Dvorak, Sean Monahan centering the third line for Juraj Slafkovsky and Jesse Ylonen.

The last time these two met the Habs played one of their best games of the season, culminating with an overtime goal by defenceman Kaiden Guhle.

However, Saturday night was a different story.

The Bruins were eager to avenge their loss, and consequently, Boston took control of the game early and did not let up, emerging with a well-deserved 5-2 win.

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Now let’s dive into the highlights!

Lack Of Preparation

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Habs were outplayed in the first period by a wide margin. In total, at 5v5 the Bruins took 27 shots, 16 of which were on the net, including six high-danger chances.

Jake Allen held the fort for the Canadiens, who are starting to have a well-deserved reputation as one of the worst-prepared teams in the league due to their awful play in the first periods.

Boston went to the first intermission with a 2-0 lead, but it could have been much worse if not for Allen.

A quick look at the 5v5 heatmap tells the tale. Not only was Boston taking more shots, but they were also taking shots from high-danger scoring areas.

The worst part isn’t necessarily that they were outplayed so badly. Fans expect the Habs to lose more games than they win this year, but at the very least they want to see an honest effort, and you’d be hard-pressed to find it during the first 20 minutes of games this season.

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Slight Push Back

The Habs only found another gear once the Bruins built up a 3-0 lead.

Captain Nick Suzuki sent a perfect saucer pass to Juraj Slafkovsky, who had made his way to a high-danger area. Slafkovsky did not hesitate to take the shot, a rather encouraging sign for a player who is a little gun-shy.

Trent Frederick scored his second goal of the game shortly afterward, and it wasn’t exactly the best display of defence by Slafkovsky (or Allen), but at the very least, we’re seeing signs of life in the offensive zone.


Toned Down

Despite featuring two teams that understand the value of a good old-fashioned rivalry, there was not much physical play between the Habs and the Bruins.

Gustav Lindstrom did hit Matt Poitras with a big hit, but that was about it for memorable rough stuff.

Stats Pack

None of the new lines played particularly well. The numbers don’t bear repeating, but let’s just say it did not work out as planned.

The Monahan line was outshot significantly, the Dvorak line was outchanced by a wide margin, and while the top line played better than the rest of the team, Caufield continued to struggle to find the back of the net. Caufield now only has one goal in his last 10 games.

To make matters worse, in previous games, the Habs also started poorly, but they did manage to put up some semblance of a pushback. Against Boston, that pushback lasted roughly three shifts.

It should also be noted the Habs had the discipline of a drunken panda bear in a bamboo flooring factory, but that’s not new. Nor are their struggles on the penalty kill.

Bruins fans even managed a sarcastic ‘olé, olé, olé’ chant midway through the third period, which tells you all you need to know about which team controlled the game.

It was an awful outing, for all concerned, including St-Louis.

Johnathan Kovacevic did manage to score in back-to-back games, but at that point, the game was already well out of reach.

The Montreal Canadiens are back in action on Wednesday when they visit California to take on the Anaheim Ducks. The puck drop is scheduled for 10 pm ET.

All Montreal Canadiens statistics are 5v5 unless otherwise noted. Via Natural Stat Trick.

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He may have scored but Kovacevic play is getting worse every game. A right hand shot Karl Alzner.


Why do the montreal canadiens….the short handed play a 4 man box …and not attack the player handling the puck ….why do they allow to the opposing team enter the offensive zone and move the puck around the outside of the box to get the great scoring chance unobstructed …..they don’t pressure the puck holder to get rid of it …they sit back and hope the goaltender can bail them out……therefore giving up over 40 quality shots per game…….it’s so obvious that it doesn’t work