Canadiens lose to Predators in overtime on 112th birthday – .

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Canadiens lose to Predators in overtime on 112th birthday – .


Filip Forsberg scores the game-winning goal and the Habs have yet to win a game in Nashville since 2003.

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Saturday marked the 112th anniversary of the Canadiens franchise.

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It was on December 4, 1909 that J. Ambrose O’Brien created the Club de Hockey Canadien within the National Hockey Association, the predecessor of the National Hockey League, formed in 1917. The Canadians ended their first season in last place in the NHA with a 2-10-0 record.

O’Brien, an industrialist from Renfrew, Ont. Who played varsity hockey at the University of Toronto, probably could not have imagined in 1909 that the Canadians would win a record 24 Stanley Cups or be valued at 1, 34 billion US dollars. last year by Forbes in its annual ranking of NHL team values, behind the New York Rangers ($ 1.65 billion) and the Toronto Maple Leafs ($ 1.5 billion).

But O’Brien knew what it was like to have a bottom-ranked team in the league and the Habs could well start this season again after having their worst start in franchise history.

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The Canadians saw their record drop to 6-17-3 on Saturday night with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators in Nashville.

Nick Suzuki, Christian Dvorak and Brett Kulak scored for the Canadiens.

Mattias Ekholm, Tanner Jeannot, Luke Kunin and Filip Forsberg in overtime scored for the Predators, who outscored the Canadiens 44-23 and gave goaltender Jake Allen another busy night.

The Canadiens haven’t won a game in Nashville since March 10, 2003, when they beat the Predators 3-1. Since the Predators entered the NHL for the 1998-99 season, they are 8-1-4 against Montreal at Bridgestone Arena.

The Canadians got off to a slow start (again) on Saturday night and fell 1-0 down when Ekholm scored at 4:52 of the first period. Shots on goal were 3-0 for Nashville at the time and they were 8-1 midway through the first period. The Predators took a 1-0 lead in the first intermission and outscored the Canadians 12-9.

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Montreal managed to stay in the game by knocking out all three powerplay the Predators in the first period and they knocked out Nashville’s five power play in the game.

The Canadiens ‘Michael Pezzetta, left, and the Predators’ Mark Borowiecki fight in the second period at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel /Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Early in the second period, the Canadiens’ Michael Pezzetta hit Predators defenseman Matt Benning with a hard body check behind the Nashville net, then dropped the gloves with Mark Borowiecki at 1:59 for a heated scuffle. After the fight, Pezzetta looked at the Canadiens bench with an expression that read, “Let’s go!

It may have ignited the Canadiens because Nick Suzuki scored a power-play goal 4:48 of the second period to tie the score 1-1. It was Suzuki’s fifth goal of the season and his first in 11 games, also ending his four-game scoreless streak.

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Dvorak gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead at 10:01 of the second period with his fifth goal of the season after winning a run for the puck to clear an ice appeal and then scoring on a rebound from a shot from defender David Savard.

But the lead didn’t last long with Jeannot tying the score for the Predators at 17:24 and the second period ended 2-2.

The Canadians started the third period on a shorthanded penalty after Mike Hoffman received a penalty kick 19:57 into the second but managed to kill him. Kulak then gave Montreal the lead when he scored his first goal of the season at 3:10.

Kulak followed that just 29 seconds later with just the third fight of his NHL career, according to hockeyfights.com, when he dropped the gloves with Luke Kunin. It was Kulak’s first fight since Dec. 4, 2018, when he left them with Ryan Dzingel of the Ottawa Senators. But this fight did not seem to inspire Canadians.

Kunin scored at 10:12 of the third period to tie the score and set the stage for Forsberg’s game-winner with 11.1 seconds left. The Canadiens are now 0-3 in overtime this season.

The Canadiens haven’t had much to celebrate this season.

Not even their 112th birthday.

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