A virus broke into Montreal’s locker room in the last few days, but by the end of the game on Sunday night, the Edmonton Oilers were probably the most stunned.
The players of Claude Julien exploded with four goals in six minutes of play in the third period and they collected a precious 4-1 victory.
Paul Byron and Max Pacioretty scored two goals each at the expense of Cam Talbot, who blocked 37 shots.
“We kept our game plan,” said Byron. It was only a matter of time and we took advantage of a few good leaps of the puck towards the end of the game. ”
The second goals of Byron and Pacioretty were scored while Talbot had given way to a sixth striker.
The Oilers riposte came from Milan Lucic, early in the second period, against Carey Price, who had also been hit by the virus to miss the Thursday meeting against the Calgary Flames.
Price made 24 saves.
“I thought we played a good game tonight,” analyzed Julien. The first half of the first period may have been the weakest period of our game. But at the end of the first, we started to find our game. Second, we played well, we had good chances but we stumbled on a good goalkeeper. But what I liked most was the fact that we never gave up and found a way to score goals at the right time. ”
With the win, the Habs took the exclusive first place in the Atlantic section, two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators. The latter, however, have two bank meetings.
The two teams will face each other twice in two days, next Saturday in Ottawa and the next day in Montreal.
The Canadian seemed destined to suffer a second setback in a row in Alberta in spite of the fact that they dominated the game until Byron started waking up at 13:33 after a great pass from Phillip Danault came from behind the net.
Byron is one of those who was overwhelmed by the famous virus, to the point where he was unable to train on Saturday.
Julien praised him after the game.
“His response was extraordinary. He was really sick and he showed a lot of character. He gave us a big victory.
“He’s not afraid to go to the net. It’s impressive for a player of his size, “added Julien.
It is unclear if this goal has shaken the Oilers, but the fact remains that the Canadian took the lead only 69 seconds later thanks to Pacioretty, whose seemingly harmless shot deflected on the stick of defender Oscar Klefbom before To finish its trajectory behind Talbot.
Byron added his 18th of the season in a deserted cage at 18:53 and Pacioretty did the same 40 seconds later.
In addition to dominating the game, the Canadian totally failed Connor McDavid. The young prodigy of the Oilers only got two shots to Price and finished the encounter with a defensive ratio of minus-3.
“We had talked to the guys to be conscientious when McDavid was on the ice, that we should close the way for him and take away the space and that’s what they did,” noted Julien.
The Canadian will return to the Bell Center on Tuesday night to compete against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The first period offered nothing too exciting to fans, except those who love boxing. Just five minutes into the game when Michael McCarron and Darnell Nurse threw in the gloves, perhaps to settle old accounts of the time they played in the Ontario Junior League. For long seconds, the two colossi have stripped solid blows, as much of the right as of the left. Nurse dominated the first half of the bout, but the Canadian striker managed to shake his rival afterwards.
Even though they had the best chance of scoring, the Canadiens found themselves in a deficit early in the second period following a stunning individual effort by Milan Lucic. The powerful Oilers forward recovered a free puck in the defensive zone and managed to keep Alexei Elemin away from his route to provoke a two-man push against them. Lucic chose to take a shot and beat Carey Price between the legs for his 15th goal of the season. A few seconds earlier, the Canadian missed a golden opportunity when Alex Galchenyuk, left alone in an open net, missed the pass Alexander Radulov had given him.
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The Oilers had a great opportunity to double their lead halfway in the second third when Alexei Emelin was awarded a four-minute penalty for high sticks. Todd McLellan’s band buzzed in Canadian territory and she could not enjoy it, but it was not because she did not try. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers forward, stumbled into the blocker of Carey Price. Moments later, the Habs goalkeeper closed the door on a close-range shot from Leon Draisaitl to allow his teammates to stay at a goal apart.
A clever pass
Phillip Danault chose the home of the Oilers to make a pass that would have made the great Wayne Gretzky proud. After hard work by Brendan Gallagher in the right corner, Danault recovered the record and made a blind pass that culminated in the palette of Paul Byron’s stick. The Canadian’s fast forward showed up in front of the net and placed the puck behind Talbot, tying the score to 1-1 with 6:27 to go through at regular time.
Equality quickly broken
It is unclear whether it was the Canadian who was motivated or whether it was the Oilers players who were demoralized, but Claude Julien’s team struck again, only 69 seconds after Byron’s equalizer. Skating on the left flank, Max Pacioretty unleashed a wrist shot that seemed quite harmless. However, the puck touched defender Oscar Klefbom’s stick and bifurcated to such an extent that Cam Talbot could not do anything. Two other quick goals from Byron and Pacioretty, scored while the Oilers replaced their goalkeeper by a sixth striker sealed the outcome of the game.