The Canadian came from behind twice, but finally gave up on Thursday evening at the Xcel Energy Center.
Kirill Kaprizov scored with 4.9 seconds left in overtime in addition to collecting two assists and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Montreal hockey club 4-3.
The Russian hit the mark with a good one-timer after a crossfield pass from Marcus Johansson.
The Canadian had to overcome deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 in order to force a tiebreaker.
“I liked our attitude, the fact that we continued to fight,” said Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis. It was a match that could have gone either way, but we played a good match. »
The Habs wasted an opportunity to win a third game in a row for the first time this season. He suffered a 10th loss in a row in Minnesota, where he has not won since March 20, 2011.
“I think it was a bit of a strange match, with a lot of penalties,” said defender David Savard, author of a goal and an assist. It was a close, physical match. It was a matter of finding the back of the net once again. It’s disappointing. »
Nick Suzuki and Juraj Slafkovsky also each had a goal and an assist for the Canadian (14-13-5). Mike Matheson was credited with two assists and Samuel Montembeault made 20 saves.
Marco Rossi had a goal and two assists, Brock Faber had a goal and an assist, while Matt Boldy also scored for the Wild (14-13-4). Filip Gustavsson stopped 22 shots.
The Wild finished the evening with two power play goals in six chances, while the Habs were 1-for-5.
“Yes, the special teams were called upon a lot and it was hard,” said St-Louis. I would have liked to roll our lines a little more. Circumstances meant that there wasn’t much rhythm. »
Emil Heineman was inserted into the Habs lineup in place of Michael Pezzetta and the 22-year-old Swede played his first career game in the NHL. He was limited to 10 appearances on the ice and barely 5:56 of play.
The Canadian will visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, then he will take advantage of his Christmas break. He will then begin the second portion of his Holiday trip on December 28 against the Hurricanes in Carolina.
The first period was the affair of the Wild, who had a 13-3 advantage in shots on goal.
However, it took him 13:19 of play before he managed to open the scoring. Boldy then took advantage of a cross-ice pass from Kaprizov to hit the target on the power play.
The Wild came back 1:35 later. Zach Bogosian connected with Rossi with another great crossfield pass. The Austrian took the opportunity to score his 11th goal of the season.
St-Louis quickly requested a review of the goal. However, officials ruled that there was no offside when entering the zone.
The tide completely turned in the second period. This time, the Canadian had a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.
Savard cut the lead to 2-1 after 6:17. Cole Caufield recovered his own putback, then rounded the net. He sent the puck back to the slot and Savard grabbed the pass before beating Gustavsson.
Shortly after Joel Eriksson Ek missed an open net during a Wild power play, Kaiden Guhle shouldered Kaprizov hard. Rossi came to his teammate’s defense, but was ultimately punished for instigating the fight.
Bogosian attacked Brendan Gallagher a little later and received a double minor penalty for roughness. On the other hand, Matheson was punished for interference just 25 seconds later, essentially erasing one of the two penalties awarded to Bogosian.
Marcus Foligno was punished for a dangerous hit against Justin Barron late in the second period, but it was after the intermission that the Canadian took the opportunity to tie the game.
Suzuki made it 2-2 at 1:09 of the final period. Slafkovsky’s shot grazed defenseman Jacob Middleton’s stick and Gustavsson failed to control the puck. Suzuki only had to push the comeback into the opening.
The Wild took the lead again at 8:57, seven seconds after Joel Armia was punished for holding. Faber’s long shot surprised Montembeault, who had blurred vision.
The Canadian needed a little luck to tie the game again with 3:03 remaining. Slafkovsky deflected a long shot from Savard, then the puck deflected against Middleton before ending up in the goal.
Kaprizov ended the debate in overtime.