Canadiens offense missing in 2-0 home loss to Blackhawks


Chicago’s Marc-André Fleury made 30 shutout saves and became only the third NHL goalie to record 500 wins.

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Canadiens goalie Jake Allen put on another strong performance, but received no offensive support from his teammates as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 2-0 Thursday night in a Bell Center battle between two teams Original Six who have seen better days.

Any chance for the Canadiens to return in that game ended with eight minutes left in the third period when Henrik Borgstrom received a poor pass from Alexander Romanov, which gave him a net point shot to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.

Chicago’s Marc-André Fleury made 30 shutout saves and became only the third NHL goalie to record 500 wins. He is ahead of Martin Brodeur, the all-time leader with 691 wins, and former Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, who has 551.

It was the fifth straight loss for the Canadiens, even though they managed to push one of those games into overtime. The Canadiens’ record fell to 6-19-3 and they are last in the Atlantic Division. The only team below them in the overall standings are the dysfunctional Arizona Coyotes, who were kicked out of their home arena this week before finding money to pay off rent and sales taxes.

There was no goal in the first period, but Allen made it interesting when he went behind the net to play a puck with less than two minutes to go. He stoked his breakout attempt, but managed to dive back into the crease to stop a Patrick Kane shot.

The Canadiens had the only power play of the period and they had two shots, including a Mike Hoffman receiving shot that caught Fleury’s attention.

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The Blackhawks had a power play early in the second period and Montreal’s improved penalty kill unit limited them to one shot, although Allen had to be specific about the delayed penalty as he moved. to make a stop on Alex DeBrincat, Chicago’s best goal. -scorer.

It was the 12th consecutive kill for the Canadiens in four games, but the magic ended later in the second period, when Jonathan Toews redirected a pass from Seth Jones to open the scoring. It was the first goal of the season for the Blackhawks captain, who collected nine assists.

Andrew Shaw, who played three seasons with the Canadiens between stints with the Blackhawks, attended the game with his wife Chaunette, daughter Andy and son Dax. The family was on the notice board during the first period.

Shaw, who had a reputation for being a fierce competitor, suffered numerous concussions during his career and retired in April on the advice of his doctors.

The Canadians continue to battle the injury virus and Thursday’s roster consisted of just eight players who were part of the team’s race to the Stanley Cup final last season. Joel Armia may be ready to play on Saturday when the Canadiens travel to St. Louis to face the Blues. .

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