A shot from Alex Galchenyuk deviated from Paul Byron before slipping behind Ryan Miller after 73 seconds of overtime play and the Montreal Canadiens snatched a 2-1 victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
As a result, the Canadian signed a sixth straight win and a seventh in nine games since the arrival of Claude Julien behind the team bench.
In front of the net, Byron saw the puck hit some of his equipment before suddenly bifurcating to Miller’s left. The latter, who had initially moved laterally to his right, attempted to recover the puck before it slid behind the red line, but without success.
Byron, it was a 16 th net this season and second winning goal scored in dramatic circumstances in three games.
Mitchell comes out of his torpor
Torrey Mitchell had allowed the Canadian to take the lead at 3:57 of the first period thanks to his eighth net of the season, and his first since December 8.
Blunted by Carey Price during their visit to the Bell Center in early November despite a 42-shooter shot, the Canucks finally managed to outsmart the Habs goalkeeper thanks to Michaël Chaput’s 4 th season at 12:49 Of the third period.
The Canucks came very close to winning the game before the overtime when Brandon Sutter tested Price with a shot from the back, unchecked from the enclave. But Price closed the door to him when he had less than two seconds left to play at regular time.
The Canadian shot 38 shots at Miller, compared to 28 for the Canucks in the direction of Price.
The five highlights of the match
End of lethargy
The Canucks players were the most incisive in the early stages of the game, but it was their rivals who opened the scoring. Paul Byron and Andrew Shaw fought hard along the ramp to the left of Ryan Miller and their work allowed Shaw to slide the puck to defender Andrei Markov at the left-hand end. The Russian veteran managed a shot that looked like a pass, and Torrey Mitchell, who had sneaked to Miller’s goal, deflected the puck behind the Canucks goalie. For Mitchell, it was a first goal after a scarcity of 39 games, since December 8.
Short evening for Flynn
After spending the previous two meetings on the journalists’ bridge, Brian Flynn was reinstated in the Canadian lineup as the team was denied strikers Alexander Radulov and Tomas Plekanec. But Flynn’s evening ended after 65 seconds of action and two appearances on the ice after he suffered a tough defeat by defender Alex Biega. At the start of the second period, the Canadian manager confirmed that Flynn had sustained an upper body injury and that his evening was over.
A second period impeccable
If the Canadian players were slow to start, they seemed to have found their legs at the second twenty, which they totally dominated. The Montreal team completely closed the game and limited the Canucks to just four shots to Carey Price in the second period. The Canucks’ last shot during the engagement came from Reid Boucher while 9:35 left. Meanwhile, Ryan Miller had to be vigilant ahead of Alex Galchenyuk on a power play, before Brendan Gallagher, with less than three minutes to play in the period.
Return to square of departure
Blinded by Carey Price for more than five and a half periods since the start of the season, the Canucks finally solved the Canadian goalkeeper at 12:49 of the third period. A profoundly effective front-end failure in the Habs zone allowed the Canucks to remain in the territory. The puck went to the blue line and defender Alexander Edler took a shot from the wrists that Michaël Chaput, left alone in front of the net, skillfully deflected behind Price, who could not help it. This goal gave the Canucks a wing that increased the pressure on Montreal defenders in the minutes that followed, but failed to break the tie.
Byron plays heroes
For the second time in three games, Paul Byron played the heroes dramatically to provide a major victory for the Canadian. Alex Galchenyuk pulled a 40-foot shot from Paul Byron, who was in front of Ryan Miller’s net, after 73 seconds in overtime. The puck suddenly bifurcated to the left of Miller, who had moved to his right. The Canucks keeper did not have time to return to his left and the puck slid behind him.