The numerical advantage slowed down the Canadian, who once again found himself behind in the score, but who was unable to make the comeback this time.
Colton Sissons scored twice, Juuse Saros made 36 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal hockey club 2-1 on Sunday evening at the Bell Centre.
The Habs were 0 for 5 on the power play. He notably wasted three opportunities in the first period, including 42 seconds at four against three.
“We lost our rhythm because our power play didn’t execute plays well,” said coach Martin St-Louis.
“Our start was good, but there was a 15 minute period at the end of the first period and beginning of the second where we defended too much because we lacked execution or we were stubborn. […] The rhythm returned to our side in the last 30 minutes, but we were not able to score a second goal. »
Jake Evans responded for the Canadian (12-13-3). Jake Allen made 30 saves, but suffered the defeat in his seventh straight start (0-6-1).
The Habs have scored just 14 goals in Allen’s last seven starts.
“I’ve seen it snow before. I think I once had a streak of 10 games where my team scored 11 goals,” Allen said. It’s not my job to score and I have full confidence that my teammates will do it. This is the nature of our sport. »
“I felt good tonight. I think I had a good match,” he added.
Roman Josi had two assists for the Predators (15-13-0).
Defender David Savard returned to play after a 22-game absence due to a broken left hand. To make room for him in his training, the Canadian gave Mattias Norlinder to the Laval Rocket, while Gustav Lindström was left out.
Forward Michael Pezzetta was also inserted into the Habs lineup in relief of Tanner Pearson, who suffered an upper-body injury Saturday in his team’s 3-2 shootout victory against the Sabres.
A spokesperson for the Canadiens indicated that Pearson will be sidelined for a period of four to six weeks.
The Canadian will play their next game on Wednesday, when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Bell Centre.
Always the same scenario
The first period was punctuated by six minor penalties called by the referees.
If the Canadian was unable to take advantage of his chances, the Predators opened the scoring on a power play at 11:41. Sissons deflected a long shot from Filip Forsberg and Allen saw nothing in the sequence.
At the other end of the ice, Saros got lucky when a long shot from Kaiden Guhle hit the crossbar with about 10 seconds left in the first period.
The Canadian found himself behind in the points after the first engagement for an 11e times this season (2-7-2).
Sissons returned to the attack at 7:03 of the second period. He took advantage of a generous return from Allen after a powerful strike from Dante Fabbro and was able to shoot into a gaping cage.
The shots on goal were then 21-10 in favor of the visitors.
Even though the execution often left something to be desired, the Canadian did not give up.
“They applied a lot of pressure,” Savard said. We adjusted midway through the second period and started spending more time in their zone. So we had more chances to score. »
Joel Armia had a goal disallowed with just under a minute remaining in the second period, as Brendan Gallagher had obstructed Saros.
It was only a postponement for the Habs. Evans scored with 35 seconds left in the second period. His pass to Sean Monahan was intercepted, but Gustav Nyquist returned the puck to Evans in the slot. The Canadian forward scored with a backhand shot.
Evans thus ended a drought of 26 matches.
The Canadian increased the pressure in the third period and threatened the Saros net.
For his part, Allen kept the Canadian in the game by frustrating Cole Smith, who had escaped while outnumbered.
Allen also made a save on a point-blank shot from Yakov Trenin with about three minutes left on the clock.
The Canadian’s last efforts, however, were in vain.