Canadians lose to Canucks, miss another chance for first-game winning streak of season – .

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Canadians lose to Canucks, miss another chance for first-game winning streak of season – .


Jake Allen got no offensive support in the 2-1 loss.

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The Canadiens missed another chance for the elusive two-game winning streak as they lost a 2-1 decision to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at the Bell Center.

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Jake Allen, who made 47 saves to beat the Penguins on Saturday in Pittsburgh, gave the Canadiens a chance but, as has been the case after the Canadiens’ five previous wins this season, there was no offensive support. Head coach Dominique Ducharme warned of the bad things that can happen when you mishandle the puck, and there was a perfect example in the second period as the Canucks took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Conor Garland.

Josh Anderson chased a puck down the long boards and threw a blind pass behind him. It went straight to Bo Horvat, who passed the puck to Garland, who was alone ahead of Jake Allen.

The Canadians were fortunate enough to come out of the second period with just one goal behind. They were outplayed 22-11 and didn’t mount a threat until the final three minutes when Thatcher Demko had to make two saves on Jonathan Drouin.

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The Canadians got off to a slow start and were outplayed 11-1 when Nick Suzuki was called up for tripping at 7:48. The Canucks wasted no time in taking advantage of Montreal’s penalty killers, ranked 29th in the league. Horvat won the face-off against Jake Evans and Quinn Hughes prepared Elias Pettersson for a receiving shot from the right face-off circle at 8:00 a.m.

The goal served as a wake-up call to the Canadians and Pettersson’s goal represented Vancouver’s last shot of the period. The Canadians shot the next nine shots and were rewarded when Ryan Poehling went to the net and redirected a pass from Drouin to tie the score with 1:21 remaining.

The Canadiens KP entered the game with a 68.6 percent success rate and are not improving. The Canucks have gone 1-on-2 with the extra man and the opposition has scored six power-play goals on 11 occasions in the last six games. That’s a success rate of only 45 percent for the PK. Montreal’s power play fell to 0 for 2 with three shots on goal.

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The Canadiens have taken to the ice for the first time since owner Geoff Molson cleaned the house in the reception office, firing general manager Marc Bergevin and assistant general manager Trevor Timmins as well as public relations flack Paul Wilson. The Canadiens also lost Assistant General Manager Scott Mellanby, who resigned after learning he was not up for an expanded role.

Ducharme has said the management reshuffle is not expected to have a major impact on players and he said hiring Executive Vice President Jeff Gorton will not affect the way he does his job.

“I will remain the same,” Ducharme said. “I haven’t played in the NHL so I worked my way as a coach, took on challenges and had to prove myself at all levels, every day and every year, so I’m going to work. in the same way.

Spectators included Captain Shea Weber, who is out for the season – and possibly beyond – with multiple injuries. He makes a quick visit from his home in Kelowna to see the team’s doctors.

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