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Round 3, Game 2, Canadiens @ Golden Knights, 9:00PM EST


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1 minute ago, Habsfan said:

Lucky to win this game. THe boys sat on the lead for the entire 3rd period! 

Playoff hockey ... maybe ?!

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I think the next 2 games are going to be different.  No crowd for Vegas to get fired up, an atmosphere they aren’t used to.

 

If the Habs can win the next game to go up 2-1, I would be worried if I were Vegas.

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No powerplays for the Habs is a bit sketchy on the surface, but they did nothing in the third to force Vegas to defend with desperation. 

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13 minutes ago, tomh009 said:

Ducharme has to figure out something to defend against these. Habs are something like 60% on the faceoffs, but Vegas has this set play worked out.

 

It seems like they have several set plays.  ex:  their breakouts are often: do a short pass to a nearby linemate and then take off up the ice and receive another short pass back, but they're now 10-15' further up ice.  

 

3 minutes ago, Habsfan said:

Lucky to win this game. THe boys sat on the lead for the entire 3rd period! 

 

Were they sitting on the lead, or were they figuring out how to shutdown Vegas?

 

Tune in Friday night to find out.  

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Two stats of interest:

 

1) Suzuki has won 7/10 defensive faceoffs in the series.  The three losses have all resulted in goals.

2) Vegas' D had more shots than their forwards tonight, 17-14.

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7 minutes ago, BCHabnut said:

So what do we do about these defense goals?

Don’t keep icing and cleanly losing faceoffs is a start.

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10 minutes ago, BCHabnut said:

So what do we do about these defense goals?

It’s a set play from a faceoff, so it’s easier to anticipate than an attack across the blue line. But all five players need to know it’s coming, need to know their roles and then follow those roles in order to prevent a high-danger scoring chance.

 

 I do expect for Ducharme to be working on this tomorrow.

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31 minutes ago, Helmethead said:

What the hell was Patches’ issue at the end of the game??

 

Someone needs to bust his face.  Hate that guy.

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1 hour ago, Helmethead said:

What the hell was Patches’ issue at the end of the game??


Toffoli was gaslighting Patio. And it worked like a charm.

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1 hour ago, Helmethead said:

What the hell was Patches’ issue at the end of the game??

Didnt watch that bit, but guess he didnt like losing? 

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Whew! Quite a game. But what a wonderful thing that we won!. Carey was a wonder. And critical to have Petry back. His dishing was exceptional. And little Suzuki ran like a Japanese import. Excellent play. Nail biter! 

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Vegas are so freaking dirty and the refs are useless. 
 

Price was great again but he probably wants at least the last goal back

 

We need Romanov, our D are getting physically destroyed. Sit Merrill and let the Russian bear loose. 
 

Caufield is going to be great for years

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5 hours ago, Toronthab said:

Whew! Quite a game. But what a wonderful thing that we won!. Carey was a wonder. And critical to have Petry back. His dishing was exceptional. And little Suzuki ran like a Japanese import. Excellent play. Nail biter! 

Everyone loves a good Petry dish

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9 hours ago, dlbalr said:

Two stats of interest:

 

1) Suzuki has won 7/10 defensive faceoffs in the series.  The three losses have all resulted in goals.

2) Vegas' D had more shots than their forwards tonight, 17-14.

I kinda blame the wingers a little bit for not being able to block the shot or at least cut the lane.

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The last 2 games were almost copies of each other.  Habs came out strong in the first and Vegas took over from the second on.  Vegas is dangerous off the face offs, as 4 of their 5 goals this series are from the face offs.  That’s from an outside perspective.  

What isn’t so apparent is Habs are doing a great job defensively.  Game 1 they had problems breaking out.  Game 2 it wasn’t nearly as bad, clear sign of adjustment.  The number of rush chances were lower in game 2.  Habs are winning more draws vs Vegas, which is odd as they were one one the worse in the playoffs up to this point at winning draws.

 

it’s been pointed out here already, Habs need to not lose the draws cleanly in their own zone.  They aren’t being punished for losing draws, just losing them cleanly.  Centre needs to tie up other centre and make every defensive zone draw a scramble draws, inside winger helps with draw and outside winger gets out into the shooting lane of his defenseman. That should negate nearly all the danger from the lost draw goals.  Which as of now is 80% of Vegas’ offense.  Habs are showing they can defend them, thanks to Price, so if they can clean that next aspect up, Vegas may be in trouble.

 

Sorry for the long post.

 

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10 hours ago, dlbalr said:

1) Suzuki has won 7/10 defensive faceoffs in the series.  The three losses have all resulted in goals.

And I think Danault (who has also dominated faceoffs in this series) has also seen a goal scored from one of the face-off set pieces.

 

Given that we'll never in 100% of the faceoffs, how does one defend against those effectively? Do the wingers need to be gunning for the Vegas D-men as soon as the puck is dropped? Blocking the lanes just results in heavy traffic and lack of visibility for Price, as we sa on the first Vegas goal last night.

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