Photo: Michael Ainsworth, Associated Press
Petry, who had not scored since his performance of two goals against the Hurricanes in Carolina on 13 December, scored his 8th goal of the season, diverting a pinpoint pass from Paul Byron.
For many observers, the six-parties of the Montreal canadians abroad to close the year 2018 was going to say a lot about the real value of the team. After the game Monday in Dallas, the montreal shows good mine.
A goal by Jeff Petry after only 14 seconds to play in overtime gave the Canadian a victory of 3-2 to face the Stars Monday night at American Airlines Center.
Petry, who had not scored since his performance of two goals against the Hurricanes in Carolina on 13 December, scored his 8th goal of the season, diverting a pinpoint pass from Paul Byron. Max Domi has also obtained an assist on the sequence.
“It was an important game that Domes’has won, said Petry. Whenever you can take possession of the puck in overtime, it is crucial. He gave me an opening and passed the puck to Byron. I’ve seen it move on the left flank and I took the opportunity to create a push two against one. “
If Petry has played the hero in the extra period, the two biggest stars of the evening for the Canadian will have been the keeper Antti Niemi and the center player Phillip Danault.
After an evening of laborious against the Tampa Bay Lightning, during which he had been the victim of six goals on Saturday, Niemi has stopped 45 pucks, including 22 in the second period only. Radek Faska and Jamie Benn, the latter in numerical advantage, were the only ones to outplay Niemi.
The two goals the Stars have been included in the second twenty, and had enabled the group to Jim Montgomery to give a lead of a goal after 40 minutes of play.
As for Danault, he scored the first two goals of the Canadian, including the net equalizer mid-way point of the third period. He had also opened the scoring in the first twenty against Ben Bishop, who faced 34 shots.
The goals of Danault were his sixth and seventh of the season and allowed him to enter into a productive stay of six away games with a harvest of five goals and four helpers.
“It is what it is capable of doing,” said head coach Claude Julien. I know that it has been pushed a little bit lately, because we knew that he was capable of doing these things. He has responded well and I am sure that he is happy with the way it’s going for him. He is a good hockey player, he is good in the game. All these things make him a good player. It is in front of the net, he scores goals lately. It may be a place where he would not quite often, now it’s harvest goals. “
The performance of Danault and Niemi have also allowed the Habs to complete this crucial journey with a record of four wins and two losses. Two of those four wins have been earned in overtime.
“I think we showed a lot of character, especially in the third period, analysed Julien. It was a good start to the match. The second was a period where they have much better weather than us, where they competed harder than us. It was important to return to the third and find a way to win. The players have shown character. Our goalkeeper showed a lot of character with his performance tonight. All the things we wanted to see, it has views, it has given us a good result on a road trip of six games. “
In addition, the Canadian (21-14-5) ends the year 2018 at the seventh place in the overall standings with 47 points, one more than the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins, and one fewer than the Buffalo Sabres are third in the Atlantic chapter.
The Sabres and the Canadian have played 40 games, while the Islanders and Bruins, respectively, have two and a portion in the bank.
In another order of ideas, Julien had no update to announce regarding forward Andrew Shaw, who left the game in the first period and did not return.
The men of Claude Julien will be back in Montreal and are expected to resume training on Wednesday morning in Brossard. They will play their next three meetings at the Bell Centre, starting with a duel against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday 3 January.
Two nights later, the Predators from Nashville will be visiting Montreal. The Wild of Minnesota will follow on Monday 7 January.