This first loss for the Canadiens in regulation time was predictable, sooner or later. All good things have an end.
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After a sensational start to the season, where the Montreal team accumulated a total of ten points out of a possible 12, the Habs came up against, Saturday at the Bell Center, serious opposition led by a goalkeeper at the top of his game.
Preferred to David Rittich, used two days earlier, Jacob Markstrom clearly showed the Flames he was the boss in net by shutting out the NHL team of the hour.
“He was exceptional,” admitted defenseman Ben Chiarot, who directed four shots towards him in the 2-0 loss. On our side, we missed the few chances that presented themselves to us. “
Anderson on the sidelines
In his post-match conference, Claude Julien was rather stingy with comments, responding sharply, and especially quickly, to the questions that were addressed to him.
“We were unable to take advantage of the rare opportunities to score,” said the Canadiens head coach. This is what made the difference. “
Limited to a single presence on the ice in the second period, Josh Anderson was not seen afterwards.
“He had flu symptoms,” Julien explained, “and with everything going on right now, our medical team took no risk.” He was asked to come home. “
After testing negative for COVID-19, Anderson will be tested again today, after which more will be known about his return to training.
More fear than harm
It was believed that the Canadian would be deprived of another striker early in the third period, but Jesperi Kotkaniemi was indeed in his post, despite a dubious blow to the head he suffered, courtesy of Dillon Dube, at the end of second engagement.
“It was pretty obvious to everyone,” said Julien. I have nothing to add… “
And now the Canucks!
The Canadian will take advantage of a day off Sunday before resuming the collar Monday for a series of two games in two days, Monday and Tuesday, against the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Center.