MONTREAL — players in Canada had repeated that they had to do better than last season in front of their supporters if they wanted to achieve their goals this season. However, they have started their home season with a misstep reminiscent of those of the last campaign.
Despite a ceremony before a game rich in emotions with the presentation of many craftsmen of the last conquest of the Stanley Cup with the Habs in 1993, the Canadian has started his home season without energy and paid the price by collecting a 3-0 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Last season, the Canadian (1-1-1) tied a team record by being laundered five times in front of his supporters and he had won 18 times in 41 outings at the Bell Centre.
“It has nothing to do with the ceremonies, but perhaps we were a little rusty since we had not played since Saturday,” noted head coach Claude Julien. “The execution was not on point tonight. It took us time to find our pace, our execution, the speed in our game.”
Adrian Kempe is hit the target on the first shot of the Kings (2-1-1) after 3:56 of the game, then Jaret Anderson-Dolan has won his battle behind the net on the Habs before handing over to Michael Amadio, who doubled ahead of the visitors at 11:31 of the first third. Kempe wants to can be one of the new torturers of the Canadian, who has registered seven goals and two helpers in three career games against montreal.
Jeff Carter has delivered the coup de grace with 10:56 to do it in the third period. Carter also collected two helpers in the course of the meeting.
40 stops to Campbell
Jack Campbell, who had got the start in net for the Kings since Jonathan Quick was injured, took care of the rest. The American 26-year-old has rejected 40 shots to record the first shutout in his 10th outing in career in the NHL.
At the other end of the rink, Carey Price has surrendered three times on 29 shots.
“Los Angeles has done a good job around their net,” admitted Julien. “We were throwing the puck, but we didn’t have a lot of second chances.”
A disallowed goal
The offense of the Habs had paid for a feast in a gain of 5-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins last Saturday. This time, she has been rather discreet, despite its high number of shots on goal.
Tomas Tatar is past the closer to deceive the vigilance of Campbell, when he has reached the horizontal bar late in the second period for a digital advantage. A goal of the local was also cancelled mid-way in the third period, following a challenge to the coach of the Kings, John Stevens. The referees have ruled that Andrew Shaw had interfered with the work of Campbell on a shot from the edge of Mike Reilly.
“The referee thought first that I had knocked the puck out of the mitt of the keeper. It has made the recovery that this was not the case. Finally he said that there had been contact between my left arm and the mitt of the keeper and held that it was for obstruction.”
The Canadian will play its next game Saturday when it will host the Penguins.