The Habs no caliber in St. Louis

Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Charlie Lindgren came to haunt his former organization on Saturday night as he helped the St. Louis Blues win 4-1 against it at the Enterprise Center.

Already the most anemic since the start of the campaign, the Habs attack is experiencing enormous difficulties in finding the back of the net these days. In fact, the only CH representative to have made the red light twinkle in the team’s last two games is Alexander Romanov.

The Russian took advantage of a turnaround to grab the puck in the box and land a precise shot in the upper right corner to beat Lindgren.

This was the only weakness of the goalkeeper of the Blues, who gave up once on the 23 shots directed at him.

Jake Allen also faced his former team, with whom he played for the first eight years of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). He tried to limit the damage, but the repeated attacks of his former teammates ended up making him falter four times out of 37 shots.

On the winning side, Pavel Buchnevich opened the scoring barely a minute after the start of the clash. Dakota Joshua, Ivan Barbashev and Torey Krug also entered the scoring. Logan Brown, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko all had two assists.

The Canadian will now head to Pittsburgh, where he will face the Penguins on Tuesday, to complete a short two-game trip.

FÉLIX AND PATRICK POST-GAME COMMENTARY –

SUMMARY

THIRD PERIOD

20:00 – End of the meeting.

10:16 – BUT STL Torey Krug scored the Blues’ second power-play net of the night using his lethal weapon, the slapshot.

08:51 – Mike Hoffman hooks Dakota Joshua. Minor punishment.

06:23 – Jonathan Drouin gets a golden chance to close the gap to one goal in front of a gaping cage, but the Quebec striker misses the target.

05:19 – Torey Krug insists too much for the taste of the official. Minor penalty for obstruction.

03:49 – Vladimir Tarasenko escapes and shoots a quick throw, Jake Allen saves the furniture.

01:57 – BUT MTL Alexander Romanov reduced the mark with the help of a precise wrist shot. Ryan Poehling gets an assist and the gap is now two goals.

00:00 – Beginning of the period.

SECOND PERIOD

20:00 – End of period.

15:21 – The Habs head coach wants to change the pace of this duel and mixes up his units hoping to create a flame.

15:20 – BUT STL The Blues’ attack on five sent the puck around very quickly and it was finally Ivan Barbashev who added a third goal assisted by Vladimir Tarasenko and Pavel Buchnevich.

14:28 – Michael Pezzetta holds Vladimir Tarasenko back and receives a minor penalty.

12:56 – Here is the Canadiens’ first shot on this second round, courtesy of Mike Hoffman. Nothing very dangerous, however.

10:00 – Dominique Ducharme’s troop has still not managed to launch in this second period.

08:52 – BUT STL Dakota Joshua accepts Logan Brown’s discount and deftly lowers Jake Allen with his first of the season. The Blues take a 2-0 lead halfway through this meeting.

03:30 – The offensive quintet of the Blues settles easily in the territory of the Canadians, Jake Allen wins in front of Vladimir Tarasenko and Pavel Buchnevich.

01:51 – Cole Caufield takes the path to the dungeon for having slashed Nathan Walker in the defensive zone.

00:00 – Beginning of the period.

FIRST PERIOD

20:00 – End of period.

19:25 – Jonathan Drouin offers a goal on a silver platter to his teammate Joel Armia who juggles the puck and misses the target.

16:46 – Jake Allen stands in quick succession against Colton Parayko and Nathan Walker.

15:59 – Nick Suzuki gives Jordan Kyrou a solid backing. The Blues striker seems shaken as a result of this contact.

14:15 – Ivan Barbashev accepts the pass from Pavel Buchnevich and draws quickly, Jake Allen is on the lookout.

11:55 – Michael Pezzetta overwhelms the locals’ defensive squad with speed, but runs into Charlie Lindgren who closes the door.

08:25 – Cole Caufield gives himself some space and goes for it with a quick throw. This is a third shot for the Habs so far in the game.

06:57 – Nick Suzuki and Mike Hoffman try to create danger offensively by directing pucks to Charlie Lindgren’s net, but to no avail.

02:53 – Cedric Paquette applies a good bodycheck to Dakota Joshua in the neutral zone.

01:03 – BUT STL The Blues are insistent in attacking territory early in the game and Pavel Buchnevich has plenty of time to score his own, taking advantage of Jake Allen’s imbalance.

00:00 – Start of the game.

In front of the net

Jake Allen Record: 5-13-2 / Average goals against: 2.96 / Efficiency rate: .907%

Charlie Lindgren Record: 2-0-0 / Average goals against: 1.82 / Efficiency rate:, 941%

Montreal training

68 – Mike Hoffman 14 – Nick Suzuki 62 – Artturi Lehkonen

92 – Jonathan Drouin 25 – Ryan Poehling 40 – Joel Armia

85 – Mathieu Perreault 71 – Jake Evans 22 – Cole Caufield

55 – Michael Pezzetta 13 – Cedric Paquette 45 Laurent Dauphin / 56 – Jesse Ylonen

8 – Ben Chiarot 58 – David Savard

77 – Brett Kulak 43 – Kale Clague

27 – Alexander Romanov 20 – Chris Wideman

64 – Corey Schueneman 26 – Jeff Petry

34 – Jake Allen

35 – Sam Montembeault

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