About Last Night: Drouin s comeback goal not enough for Habs to beat Leafs
|Montreal Gazette 14 Oct 2021 at 07:22|
Just over a minute into the third period, in the midst of a line change, William Nylander scored the eventual game-winner. He streaked down the right side and held up his first shot attempt long enough to get Allen to commit before roofing the puck to give the Leafs their first lead of the night at 2-1. It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
But did the Maple Leafs have too many men on the ice? TSN analyst Aaron Ward thought so:
Be interesting to hear postgame on #Leafs Nylander GWG,what #Habs Ducharme thinks about what I think is a missed Too Many Men. Nylander on ice in stride for Reilly pass, changing for Marner, who is still on the center ice side of the offside dot. Explains how he got that open.
Perhaps this angle was a little more revealing:
Either way, the goal stood.
The Habs struggled on the power play in the third, only garnering one shot on 1:44 of a 5-on-3 man-advantage. They ended the night 0-4 on the power play. With the Habs pressing and time winding down, Morgan Rielly took exception to an earlier net drive from Brendan Gallagher and got a jab in of his own. It caused the other players on the ice to gather, but when the dust settled, only Anderson went off for roughing, With under two minutes remaining in the game, it meant the Canadiens would have to tie the game while shorthanded. Even with Allen pulled, they couldn’t solve Campbell one more time, and the Habs dropped their season opener 2-1.
Not the liveliest of games, but it was a chance to see some new Habs in action. David Savard played 19:30 and had a hit on fellow big man Wayne Simmonds. Chris Wideman manned the second power play unit. Christian Dvorak was 54 per cent on faceoffs, while Mathieu Perreault and Cedric Paquette provided solid energy shifts on the fourth line with Artturi Lehkonen. The Canadiens return to action Thursday against the Sabres, and will once again be without a number of key players: Carey Price , Shea Weber , Paul Byron , Joel Edmundson, and Mike Hoffman.
The Liveblog commenters were back and in midseason form. Thanks to all the readers, rookie or vet, who plan on stopping by this season!
3. “In the first 8 minutes I thought the Habs were going to run the Leafs out of the rink. Except for spurts here and there, that rush ended shortly. Besides the 2-1 Leafs score, the Leafs lead in takeaways & face-offs while the Habs lead in giveaways. Habs did not play very well; Allen did but had no help. Hoping for a better outcome tomorrow…..” -Hermanus Wittebol
2. “Unreal Gallagher gets punched in the face and Anderson gets a penalty?” -Glen Sanderson
1. “Allen did his job. We had decent possession, we had chances, but our PP was an absolute momentum killer and we ultimately didn’t deserve to win the game. I feel like we never win the opening game of the season. Someone said it was 4 years running? Hopefully we play a stronger game against the mighty Sabres tomorrow. Can’t win them all – but this one was perfectly winnable…so it sucks but hey….game 1 of 82….one way to go. Was almost weird to see fans in the arena. Although in typical Toronto fashion I couldn’t tell the difference based on the noise level :)” -Justin Miller