Jesperi Kotkaniemi called his misconduct punishment a silly move from a young player, even going so far as to say it cost his team the victory. At a press conference, Claude Julien did not make such a harsh speech against his 20-year-old center.
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“There are times when players are frustrated,” said. KK is a young player. He has not yet earned his feathers (stripes). He needs to stay more disciplined. He can learn from this lesson. “
“You hope he learns to respect the referees. You have to build your reputation before you run away with comments like this to a referee. “
Halfway into the second period, Kotkaniemi visited the penalty box after not too poetic remarks, if you read between the lines, to one of the two referees. The Finn was furious as he had just been tripped next to Braden Holtby’s net.
Brock Boeser scored during the penalty at Kotkaniemi. At that point, it was 3-2 for the Canucks. But it was not the only blunder of this meeting. On a personal level, Kotkaniemi also redeemed his mistake by scoring his fourth goal in the third period. He finished the game with a goal, an assist and a +2 record.
The CH mainly lost this meeting because of its indiscipline. The Canucks hit the target three times on the power play in a 6-5 shootout win.
Before this first game against the Canucks, we praised the merits of the shorthanded CH. During his time in Edmonton, the Habs had shut out the gang at Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl on ten occasions.
The Canucks, who had not scored in 15 chances in their first four games this year, rebounded with three goals in six attempts.
“Indiscipline is one thing, but at a disadvantage we were soft,” explained Julien. There are players who have not done their job. You have to stay harder on free pucks, on blankets. The Canucks took fire from the dangerous enclave. It wasn’t our best game. When you don’t play the best way, there are bad things that happen. We can play better. “
“It wasn’t our best hockey, but we collected a valuable point. We didn’t lose because of stupid penalties, but in shootouts. We need to be more disciplined. Other than the one in Brett Kulak, we deserved our punishments. “