Joël Edmundson says he believes discipline will be paramount for the Montreal Canadiens when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Round 1 on Monday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN, CBC, SN TVAS) .
“I think the second period last night was what happened to us, myself included, sort of going to the umpires instead of going to the Leafs,” said the Canadiens defenseman. “That sort of thing killed us there. There are going to be situations like that throughout the show and we just need to stay positive and focus on our job. “
The Maple Leafs entered the playoffs with a 20% power play advantage, placing 11th out of 16 teams to advance to the playoffs. Toronto was 0-for-4 in Game 1 and 2-for-6 in Game 2, the first time since March 3 he had scored twice in a game with an additional skater.
“When we’re physical, if we do it the right way, sometimes they’ll react and take a penalty,” said Edmundson. “We have to… finish each test, be tough on them but be smart at the same time because they have a good power play and lots of shooting options. This is where they thrive, so we just have to be smart. “
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Defender Brett Kulak said the series of penalties exhausted the Canadians tasked with killing them and disrupted the Montreal game.
“It doesn’t allow us to play with the puck and get the momentum and offense that we want,” Kulak said. “Then you have (offensive) guys who are also sitting on the bench during that time. If we can work hard and play with the puck, we’re going to take more penalties than we take. This is sort of our goal. It keeps the pace of our game going and keeps us looking our best. “
The Canadiens are 0 for 6 with the man advantage in this series, failing to capitalize on five chances in Game 1 – the Maple Leafs were three late penalties for shooting the puck above the glass – and their luck in game 2.
Toronto’s power play came to life on Saturday with goals from the defenseman Rasmus Sandin and forward William Nylander.
“The Montrealers made it clear that they wanted to be very physical,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after Game 2. “I think the quote or the term was that they wanted to wage a war. If you want to do this, you risk getting penalties against you. It’s our digital advantage job to make them pay for it. “
Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said “it’s possible” there will be a change in his roster for Game 3. Jake Evans missed the second game with an undisclosed injury and is hand in hand. Center Jesperi Kotkaniemi replaced him on Saturday, scoring at 7:57 of the first period before Toronto responded with five straight goals.
“Looking at the roster, up and down and at every position,” said Ducharme, speaking about where he needs his roster’s input. “It’s not just about guys sometimes, it’s how guys can fit together. So we’ll see who we’ll see tomorrow. “
For the first time in their 15-playoff series, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs will play back-to-back games, with game four taking place Tuesday in Montreal.