NHL: The Canadian was knocked out 3-0 on Carey Price’s return


MONTREAL — The Canadiens players failed to offer Carey Price a win in his first game in 282 days.

Price was solid on his return to the game but he was let down by his offense and the New York Islanders beat the Montreal side 3-0 at the Bell Center on Friday night.

“I had a pretty good prep day. I think everything went well. Nothing seemed strange. I felt physically and mentally ready. The reception from the fans was special,” Price said after the game.

The Habs’ star goalkeeper played his first game since July 7 due to knee surgery and at least three setbacks in his rehabilitation for various reasons.

Nothing to do with 3 against 0…

“He’s been the heart and soul of this team for a long time,” said Canadiens interim head coach Martin St-Louis. He’s the reason this team played in the playoffs for so long. In big teams, there is usually one big goalie. »

The Canadian’s defense was watertight in front of Price in the first two periods, but the Islanders eventually showed opportunism.

In an empty net, Zach Parise, Noah Dobson and Brock Nelson managed to hit the target in the third period for the Islanders (35-30-9). Ilya Sorokin was perfect against a 44-shot barrage.

Price stopped 17 shots but the Canadian (20-44-11) was ruled out for the sixth time this season.

“He looked very calm in front of the net. He didn’t look like he hadn’t played that long, St. Louis said of Price. We played good hockey before him.

“I think it was our best game in maybe a month. (…) We had an 89-39 advantage in terms of shots attempted. »

Forward Michael Pezzetta and defenseman Corey Schueneman have also been added to the Canadiens roster, replacing Tyler Pitlick and Jordan Harris.

The Canadian will be back in action on Saturday night when the Washington Capitals are guests.

Few reasons to celebrate

Price received a warm welcome from the fans before the game. They chanted his name for over a minute before house announcer Michel Lacroix interrupted them to begin a brief tribute to Mike Bossy.

Bossy, an Islanders legend and one of the greatest sharpshooters in NHL history, died Friday at the age of 65.

Price easily stopped the Islanders’ first shot 3:32 into the game, a weak shot from Kyle Palmieri which he blocked with his right pad.

The Canadian lived on a power play but Nick Suzuki’s multiple attempts failed.

Price made a tough first save with less than five minutes remaining in the first period. He used his shield to block a shot from Anders Lee’s slot.

Both goalkeepers continued to close the door in the second third. Sorokin was wary of Christian Dvorak early in the engagement, and Cole Caufield later. Sorokin also frustrated fellow Russian Alexander Romanov towards the end of the second period.

“It was a beautiful day, the welcome was great”

For his part, Price made a nice shield save from Jean-Gabriel Pageau early in the second half. He only faced four shots in the engagement.

Joel Armia threatened early in the third period, but Sorokin fought back.

The islanders opened the gate shortly after at 4:25. They needed a three-way attack to beat Price. Parise completed the sequence by lifting the disc over the goalkeeper’s right pad.

Dobson doubled the Islanders’ lead 1:44 later. He beat Price with a perfect shot that hit the post before crossing the goal line.

The Canadian then increased the pressure but missed several chances to score. Rem Pitlick mainly hit the post after a nice single shot.

Nelson nailed the coffin for the Habs by scoring in an empty net with 1:39 on the clock.

Dobson finds the opening for his 11th

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