Canadians face adversity after losing to Golden Knights in Game 1
The Montreal Canadiens promise to bounce back after ending their seven-game winning streak with 4-1 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Monday.
This marks the first time the Canadiens have faced significant adversity in three weeks, as they fell 3-1 in the Stanley Cup first round with a 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto in Game 4 on May 25.
Montreal will have the chance to react in Game 2 of the Best 7 Series in Vegas on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
“(There are) things that we can improve on and that we can work on”, advance Cole caufield mentionned. “Yes, we’ll be ready for Wednesday. We’ll just have to be ready to bring in more energy and more focus.”
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Caufield was a beacon of hope for the Canadiens in Game 1, scoring his first Stanley Cup playoff goal at 12:05 of the second period on the power play to bring him down to 2-1. The 20-year-old rookie called the moment “special” in the presence of her parents.
Another bright spot the Canadiens hope to keep in the rest of the series has been their departure. They had the best scoring chances in the first period, when they outscored the Golden Knights 12-8, but fell 1-0 behind a defenseman’s goal. Shea Theodore at 9:15 a.m.
The goal marked the first time Montreal had trailed in 447: 08 in Game 4 against the Maple Leafs. It was the second longest streak in NHL playoff history, behind the Canadiens’ 488:38 streak in 1960.
âI thought it was a good start,â said Carey Award, who made 26 saves. âI thought we were out shooting, obviously. They gained momentum in the second half, but I think our first half showed we can play with them.
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However, penalties are a problem, according to coach Dominique Ducharme, which needs to be cleaned up.
The Canadians took three minors in 6:44 between the first and second periods, siphoning off some of the energy they had built up in the first period.
âI liked our start,â said Ducharme. âI thought after the penalties we were a little less dangerous or less good with the puck and we weren’t creating as much because we were a little too far from the puck. Our puck support was not as good. This is something we can do a lot better.
“We will adapt as we know we can. We know how to do it. It has a huge impact on the pace of our game.”