MONTREAL — After having dominated the team C of the Maple Leafs in the start of the week, the Canadian held out to the very best of Toronto Wednesday at the Bell Centre, but he has even suffered a defeat of 5-3.
The game is played in the first 36 seconds of the third twenty, while Mitch Marner and Kasperi Kapanen scored in the space of 20 seconds… shorthanded. Each time, they have benefited from the blunders of Jeff Petry, the first behind his net and the second to the opponents ‘ blue line.
David Schlemko has managed to reduce the gap to a single goal 40 seconds later when the same punishment, but the Canadian was not able to add a fourth goal against Frederik Andersen, who has faced 36 washers. Rather, it is Patrick Marleau who has found the back of the net with just under six minutes to play in regulation time with the complicity of Marner, of which this was the third using the game.
Nazem Kadri and Auston Matthews, both during superiorities digital, have also evaded the vigilance of Carey Price, who made 20 stops. “Five-on-five, I believe that we were the better team,” said Claude Julien.
“It seems that the digital advantage is the only thing that worked tonight,” admitted Matthews. “I don’t think we played very well. They have worked harder than us, which was to be expected, because they were at home and that we had travelled on the same day. We had to activate our legs. Fortunately, we were able to mark in numerical advantage and disadvantage of digital has been good.”
Matthews, who has become a real poison in the face of the Canadian with eight points (7-1) in his last four regular season games, has added one assist.
Kotkaniemi was still well done
Brendan Gallagher led the attack on the Canadian with his second goal of the calendar preparatory in addition to obtain aid on the net of Tomas Tatar, a registered digital advantage, early in the first twenty. Defenceman Victor Mete has picked two assistants, has re-launched the attack and was able to contain those who fought in the extent of its means. It is good, and it’s even better with Noah Juulsen at his side.
“We will make decisions on Saturday,” said head coach Claude Julien. “I liked the match of Mete. Juulsen has been good, he has had difficulties at times, as all the world, when one analyses the game. But all in all, they have experienced a good match.”
The players of the Canadian had controlled the game during the first two periods as they led 28-15 in shots to goals. Of the group, the young Jesperi Kotkaniemi was again pulled, to the point where he may have earned his ticket for a stay of nine games in the NHL, at the very least.
After a first period where it seemed maybe a little shy, the Finnish 18-year-old has played with more bite in the second twenty, and has been able to show all its finesse and a vision of the game remarkable.
Leave training on Thursday, the Canadian will complete its timing preparatory samed by visiting Senators.