In the space of an evening, at the very least, Maxime Lajoie made his big as possible to try and forget a little the departure of Erik Karlsson to the Senators fans in Ottawa.
The defender of 20 years old has known a first game memorable, while its club launched the campaign 2018-2019 at the Centre Canadian Tire, going a goal and a pass in a defeat of 4-3 in overtime against the Blackhawks in Chicago.
Patrick Kane has ruined his fairy tale with 38 seconds from the start of the fourth period three-on-three, when he escaped on a pass from Jonathan Toews and beat goalkeeper Craig Anderson with a beautiful blow of a setback.
A crowd of 15 858 fans, including his parents, Michel and Sylvie has been a witness to the beginnings of high profile of Lowry, while he became just the second defender in the club’s history to score from his first match, after Wade Redden in 1996. Only three other attackers have managed the feat, Pavol Demitra, Steve Larouche, and Andreas Dackell.
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As if that wasn’t enough, Lajoie also hit a horizontal bar at the beginning of the game on one of his first appearances on the ice. He would have been able to add another password in the second period when he passed on to Mikkel Boedker in the enclave in the digital advantage, except that the visiting keeper Cam Ward has passed his best stop of the evening. “It was not bad exciting, when I counted, I didn’t really know what I felt. I think we played a good match, we should have won. All the guys have played well and if we continue to play like that, I think we will have chances to win games, ” said Lajoie, the first star of the game.
In an interview with TSN between periods, he could see that his mother was in tears after he scored this goal. “I guess it was pretty exciting for them. I’m really glad that they were able to be here to see it, with everything they have done for me, ” added Lajoie.
“He has known all a game,” noted Matt Duchene about it. It would have easily been able to finish the game with four or five points. It’s just disappointing that it has escaped the advance in the third period, but it’s going to happen in this league, the best in the world. The guys have played well, we are going to keep the head high after that game. “
Alex DeBrincat had opened the scoring early in the game for the Blackhawks, his shot from distance seeming to deflect the skate to Thomas Chabot to surprise Anderson. After that Zack Smith has created the tie with a shot of the tip that has deflected off Duncan Keith, Anderson has trouble appeared when Jonathan Toews beat him short side down along the left wing.
It was then that Lowry has started, first converting the pass from Duchene in the enclave, and then refilant to Colin White in digital advantage to allow him to surprise Ward, turning quickly near the net.
Anderson has been solid for the remainder of the match, completing finally 39 saves, including an important while Lajoie was in the dungeon diving to steal Erik Gustafsson.
Ward has been tested 25 times at the other end, stopping a Ryan Dzingel breakaway so he could put the match out of reach. It proved an important save as soon after, Brent Seabrook tied it up by converting the password to a Patrick Kane behind the net.
The Senators ended the game with one striker less, while Max McCormick said package to the second party due to a lower-body injury.
Their home season started, the Senators will play their next two matches abroad, Saturday at Toronto and Monday in Boston.
A “PERFECT SHOT” OF KANE
For a first game of the season, Guy Boucher could only be satisfied with the output of his own, in spite of their setback of 4-3 in overtime against the Blackhawks.
“Offensively, we got so many chances to count on which we have not capitalized then that we went ahead, 3-2. A club like this which pulls the rear by a goal will push to create equality, and they were able to do so. Our guys have responded well, and then when it happens in overtime, it’s a roll of the dice”, he analysed after the fact.
Bombarded with 43 shots, the goalie Craig Anderson felt that his club deserved a better fate, as he believed they had a good match even if he gave a bad goal to Jonathan Toews in the first third.
“It was one of those matches with the game open on both sides, I had a lot of shots for me to feel in front of the net. On the winning goal, I think it is a pitch perfect (Patrick Kane), he should raise our hat. He is so skillful, you don’t know quite what to expect. I had a piece of the puck, but he still reached the skylight,” he said.
Toews is illustrated
In the locker room of the winners, Kane has highlighted the work of Jonathan Toews for him to pass the puck on the winning goal after the kerfuffle from Matt Duchene along the boards. “Toews is playing with two young and he seems to love it. It looks like they’ve got several descents in excess, of two-against-one everywhere on the ice. My trio has to take note of that and try to do the same”, he noted.
The most emotional of the first game at home of the Senators has been the ceremonial puck performed by Tina Boileau, after a video tribute made to his son Jonathan Pitre, the child butterfly passed away last April.