LOS ANGELES — Jordan Weal’s debut with the Canadiens was a unforgettable one particular, as he scored a goal to aid the Canadiens to write-up a 3-1 get in excess of the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday at the Staples Middle.
Weal, who was obtained from the Arizona Coyotes at the trade deadline previous 7 days, gave the Canadiens a 2- lead when he scored at 10:07 of the 2nd period of time. The goal goes into the textbooks as an unassisted energy, but it would not have been achievable with out a strong forecheck by Joel Armia. He pressured veteran defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who produced a rookie blunder by carrying the puck in front of his have net. He turned the puck in excess of to Weal, who conquer Jonathan Rapid with a shot from the slot.
Weal’s shot grew to become the activity-winner when Matt Luff scored midway through the 3rd period of time to spoil Carey Price’s shutout bid. Rate, who missed practice Monday simply because of the flu, had a unforgettable night time: he posted his 314th typical-season victory, which ties him with the late Jacques Plante for the most wins by a Canadiens goaltender.
The victory permitted the Canadiens to hold on to the 2nd wild-card location in the Jap Conference with 79 points, but the race for the final playoff spots stays restricted, simply because Montreal’s rivals all picked up points previously Tuesday. Pittsburgh edged Florida 3-2 in overtime. The Penguins also have 79 points, but they have an edge in excess of Montreal simply because they have played one particular much less activity.
Columbus needed a shootout to conquer New Jersey 2-1. The Blue Jackets keep on being in ninth spot in the East with 77 points, but they also have a activity in hand on the Canadiens.
Brendan Gallagher ran his goal-scoring streak to 4 game titles when he deflected Victor Mete’s shot from the blueline to open up the scoring at 3:11 of the 1st period of time. It was goal No. 30 for Gallagher, who had a job-superior 31 previous season.
Captain Shea Weber presented the Canadiens with some extra insurance policy when he scored at the 42-2nd mark of the 3rd period of time. He scored on a shot from the point following Phaneuf unsuccessful to very clear the puck. It was Weber’s 10th of the season, and he grew to become the 11th Canadiens player to strike double digits in ambitions.
Weal replaced Jesperi Kotkaniemi at centre on the 3rd line with Jonathan Drouin and Armia. It was the 1st time this season that Kotkaniemi has been a wholesome scratch. Coach Claude Julien claimed the 18-year-aged had strike a wall and needed some relaxation. Weal also replaced Kotkaniemi on the power play, but the Canadiens loved only one particular edge and predictably came up empty. They are now 1-for-25 in excess of their previous 11 game titles.
The Canadiens continue on their California vacation with game titles Thursday in San Jose and Friday in Anaheim. The San Jose activity poses the biggest problem — the Canadiens have missing 11 consecutive game titles in San Jose. Their previous get there was in 1999, when the SAP Middle was regarded only as the San Jose Arena.