Montreal Canadiens: 24 Thoughts On Habs Loss To Canucks

Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Matheson (8) breaks his stick as he shoots the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mike Matheson (8) breaks his stick as he shoots the puck against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Juraj Slafkovsky. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2023; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Juraj Slafkovsky. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports /

Second Period

Noah Juulsen made a solid defensive play to not allow Sean Monahan to get to a loose puck in the slot, but also avoided taking a penalty. Always wished the Habs found a way to keep him. He had too much potential to lose on waivers

Just realized the reason there were no whistles in the first period is because the referees just did nothing. Justin Barron just took a stick to the mouth from a Canucks defender and there was no call. I’m logging off for a few minutes, I have to send a resume to the NHL right quick to be a ref. I mean, what other job can you make a decent wage without doing your job all winter and then get the summer off?

Christian Dvorak fires one home from long range but it is called back on an offside. Second time this has happened to the Canadiens this week. Were we really this desperate for offside reviews? I watched hockey for a long time before this rule came in to play and I never remember being outraged that a player was probably a quarter of an inch offside well before a puck entered the net.

Weird play as Kaiden Guhle has a rare bad shift. He jumped into the offensive zone but hesitated a bit too long with the puck and JT Miller took it the other way. On the way back, Guhle ran into his own goalie and knocked Jake Allen’s stick behind the net. A few seconds later Ilya Mikheyev snipes one over Allen’s glove. Guhle still rules.

Speaking of Guhle, he just carried the puck up ice, made a pass to get into the attacking zone, jumped into the play, then immediately got back and even though there was a weird bounce that could have sent a Canucks player on a rush, Guhle was already back defensively and just knocked the puck away. His combination of size and speed, of offense and defense is hard to find at his age. I hope he gets the Jake Sanderson treatment this summer and is locked up long term while we watch the salary cap quickly rise for the next several years.

Casey DeSmith makes a great save on Brendan Gallagher after a ridiculous turnover. Maybe the Habs should have kept four goalies.

Slafkovsky has played 11:05 after two periods which is fifth among forwards on the team. He also leads the team in shots on goal with five and has had a handful of dangerous chances. Still no goals to show for it but he is having one of his best games of his career which is great to see.

Kind of feels like the Habs are right in this one but also are down 3-0 after two periods. Not their best game of the year as they are having a hard time getting to the Canucks net, and will need to create a little more traffic in front in the third period if they want to chip away at this deficit.