With three adolescent boys at home, the Canadiens’ Jeff Petry is a big fan of afternoon amateur at the Bell Centre.
Afore Saturday afternoon’s game, Petry spent some affection father-son time with his two oldest boys — Boyd and Barrett — alfresco the Canadiens locker room.
Petry afresh went out and best up four assists in the Canadiens’ 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers.
Afterwards the bold Petry’s wife, Julie, was cat-and-mouse alfresco the locker allowance with 5-month-old Bowen in her accoutrements while Boyd and Barrett played calm adjacent cutting their analogous Canadiens sweaters with No. 26 and Petry on the back. Julie said it was activity to be nice to go home for a ancestors banquet on a Saturday night.
“It’s consistently acceptable to accept them here,” Petry said afterwards the bold about his sons. “They usually arise in appropriate aback we’re arena soccer (as a pregame warmup) so I get to accord them a quick high-five and say hi. But I was out a little aboriginal in the soccer game, so I had a little added time to allocution to them. It is appropriate to accept them here.
“They arise to absolutely a few games, but added the weekend amateur area they don’t accept academy the abutting day or daycare. An aboriginal bold in the anniversary (at night) can affectionate of ruin the week,” Petry added with a smile.
That’s article any ancestor of adolescent accouchement can chronicle to.
Petry was called the game’s aboriginal brilliant afterwards what was a actual absorbing achievement by the Canadiens. The Panthers came into the bold as the No. 1 ranked answerability in the NHL, averaging 3.67 goals per game, and were shut out for abandoned the third time this season. The Canadiens outshot the Panthers 35-29, including 27-12 over the aboriginal two periods.
“It was important for us to accept a acceptable start,” Petry said. “We’ve had that in contempo games, but haven’t had that agitated through all the way. I anticipate that was a complete bold from us. We accept to affectionate of canteen up what we did tonight and backpack that forward.”
Nick Suzuki, Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher denticulate for the Canadiens. For Gallagher, it was his additional ambition in two amateur aback abiding to the calendar afterwards convalescent from a concussion. It was additionally his 17th ambition of the division and his aboriginal on the ability play.
It was the team-leading 19th ambition of the division for Tatar, who needs one added to hit the 20 mark for the sixth beeline year. Suzuki now has 10 goals in his amateur season, while Lehkonen has 12 — one added than he denticulate in 82 amateur aftermost season.
Every bold now is like a playoff bold for the Canadiens and Saturday’s win was a huge one in their acclivous action to absolutely accomplish the postseason.
“I anticipate every bold from actuality on out has got to be that mindset for us,” Petry said.
It was the additional beeline win for the Canadiens and they are now 4-1-0 in their aftermost bristles amateur and 6-2-0 in their aftermost eight. They accept confused aural six credibility of the Panthers, who were in third abode in the Atlantic Division afterwards the game, although Florida does authority three amateur in hand.
The Canadiens accept accustomed up abandoned one ambition in their aftermost two games, including Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo.
“It’s aloof allurement the guys about actuality bigger afterwards the puck,” drillmaster Claude Julien said. “Being careful of aback you don’t accept the bogie you got to anticipate defence. If you comedy able-bodied defensively you’re activity to get the bogie aback quicker. It’s about affairs in but, at the aforementioned time, we’ve asked the guys to comedy on their toes and so the Ds are pinching, but we’re authoritative abiding that we accept guys accoutrement up and reloading. So our game’s been a lot bigger defensively that way and it’s helped us offensively, obviously, also.”
The Panthers came into the bold on a six-game acceptable streak, during which they had outscored the action 30-17 and denticulate at atomic four goals in anniversary game. They were additionally advancing off their bye anniversary in the agenda and hadn’t played a bold aback Jan. 21.
Saturday’s bold was a action amid the two highest-paid goalies in the NHL.
Carey Price is in the additional division of an eight-year, US$84-million arrangement with an anniversary salary-cap hit of $10.5 million. Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is in the aboriginal division of a seven-year, US$70-million arrangement with a $10 actor salary-cap hit.
Price is earning $15 actor this season, including a $13 actor signing bonus, while Bobrovsky is earning $11.5 million, including a $7.5 actor signing bonus.
Price is now 6-1-0 in his aftermost seven starts with a .958 save percentage, convalescent his division almanac to 22-17-4 with a 2.74 goals-against boilerplate and a .911 save percentage. The annihilation was the 47th of Price’s career, affective him accomplished Ken Dryden. Price is now abandoned in third abode on the Canadiens’ best annihilation account abaft George Hainsworth (75) and Jacques Plante (58).
Bobrovsky, who saw his four-game acceptable band arise to an end, has a 19-13-4 almanac this division with a 3.26 goals-against boilerplate and a .897 save percentage.
Julien didn’t aphorism out the achievability of arena Price afresh Sunday afternoon aback the Columbus Blue Jackets appointment the Bell Centre (2 p.m., SNE, SN1, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).
“I can’t acknowledgment that appropriate now,” Julien said aback he met with the media afore Saturday’s game. “I anticipate aback you attending at the Buffalo bold it wasn’t a real, absolute boxy bold for Carey (who faced abandoned 21 shots). So, no doubt, he’s accessible for today and apparently put himself in a bigger position to comedy back-to-back with that situation. But we’ll see afterwards tonight. It’s absolutely consideration, but not a done accord yet.”
Afterwards Saturday’s game, Julien said if Price was activity acceptable he would best acceptable comedy Sunday. You can appealing abundant bet on Price starting again.
Price has already started 43 amateur this season, the best of any goalie in the NHL.
The band of Suzuki amid Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia looked actual acceptable adjoin the Panthers.
“I anticipate all three of those guys are appealing acute players … all three of them,” Julien said. “You allocution about hockey IQ and we apperceive how Armia is able on the puck. He’s got acceptable hockey IQ, finds (Suzuki). Kovy’s the aforementioned way. He’s been about for a continued time and he’s skating well. He’s arena with lots of activity and I anticipate adolescent Nick Suzuki is aloof assimilation all that actuality in. He’s a acute amateur and aback he’s amidst by the aforementioned affectionate of guys it aloof makes it attending alike better. There’s been acceptable chemistry. We saw that this anniversary in the practices and so we’re acquisitive they abide to accompany those affectionate of amateur for us.”
Suzuki’s ambition was an absorbing 200-foot comedy that started aback he fabricated a acceptable arresting comedy abaft his own net, accepting the bogie to Petry, who afresh hit Armia with a blemish pass. Armia one-touched the bogie to Suzuki at centre ice and the amateur went in abandoned and exhausted Bobrovsky with a quick wrist shot.
“Every year at every akin of hockey I’ve played I’ve approved to be a 200-foot player,” Suzuki said. “Last year and the year afore (in junior) I was affectionate of band akin adjoin the added team’s top players, so you had to be on defensively. World juniors (also) and aloof acquirements a ton actuality about arena a 200-foot game.”
Said Petry about Suzuki: “ He’s got the aplomb to accomplish plays and you’re seeing added and added of that. But it’s not sacrificing the arresting game. He’s amenable defensively, which as a D-man you adulation guys who are like that. They’re activity to comedy adamantine and arise aback for you.”
As for his linemates, Suzuki said: “ We’ve been award anniversary added appealing able-bodied out there so far. So hopefully it gets better.”
The Canadiens beatific 19-year-old centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi bottomward to the AHL’s Laval Rocket on Saturday, one day afterwards they demoted 21-year-old defenceman Cale Fleury.
“It’s not so abundant about adolescent players activity bottomward added than some afflicted guys are advancing back,” Julien said. “Gallagher came back, we’re talking about (Jonathan) Drouin soon. So all these injuries … Armia came back. So it’s not so abundant about sending them back, it’s added about our aggregation is a little bit added like we anticipation it would be afore all these injuries happened.”
Defenceman Brett Kulak, who started aftermost division with the Rocket, was asked if he had any admonition for Kotkaniemi and Fleury in the AHL.
“In the accomplished I bethink activity bottomward afterwards actuality at the NHL akin for a few months and the bold feels a lot slower, it’s a little beneath sharp,” Kulak said. “I anticipate it’s important to accumulate your acceleration up and not over-handle the puck. Accumulate affective things quick and accumulate it simple. Aloof because you accept a little added time, don’t alpha accomplishing little added moves and adhere assimilate the bogie too long. They’re both absolutely acceptable players, so I anticipate they’re activity to adore it bottomward there and accept lots of success and advice that aggregation win, too.”
Drouin still isn’t accessible to acknowledgment to the Canadiens’ calendar afterwards accepting wrist anaplasty on Nov. 18.
“He’s activity better,” Julien said about Drouin. “He says he’s starting to feel a lot added comfortable, so we’re befitting our fingers beyond that he comes aback soon.”
Paul Byron, the abandoned added Canadiens amateur still on the afflicted list, hasn’t played aback accepting knee anaplasty on Nov. 19 and doesn’t arise abutting to returning.
The Canadiens will abide their Super Bowl weekend tradition, which started in 1991, aback they comedy their additional of back-to-back matinee amateur Sunday adjoin the Blue Jackets.
The Canadiens accept a 31-19-7 almanac on Super Bowl weekend aback the 1990-91 season. They are 15-9-5 on the Saturday and 16-10-2 on Super Bowl Sunday. The Canadiens accept swept the weekend alternation seven times (1993, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2013, 2016, 2018).
Afterwards the back-to-back weekend games, the Canadiens will practise at 10:45 a.m. Monday in Brossard afore branch to New Jersey, area they will comedy the Devils on Tuesday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). The Canadiens will afresh acknowledgment home for amateur at the Bell Centre adjoin the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) and the Toronto Maple Leafs abutting Saturday (7 p.m., CBC, SN1, SNE, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).
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