Price earns shutout as Canadiens blank Jets 1-0 to take two games to none series lead Featured

Saturday, 05 June 2021 02:27 Written by  Published in Game Stories
Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Carey Price stopped all 30 shots he faced and Tyler Toffoli's shorthanded marker 1:41 into the second period proved to be all the offence required as the Montreal Canadiens edged the Winnipeg Jets by a 1-0 score and took a two games to none lead in the North Divison final Friday night.

The playoff shutout was the 8th of his career.

“It’s just sticking to what’s working. Hockey is kind of a funny thing that way, you never know when you heat up at the right time. Basically, we have a lot of work to do still," said Price.

“They put the pressure on. Obviously, they’re (Jets) playing desperate hockey at the end of the game and they’re just funnelling pucks towards the net. Like I said, we battle and compete in front and some of them just hit you," he said.

The playoff win was their fifth straight, their first five game winning streak since 2017.

The game was the first one without centreman Mark Scheifele, who was suspended for four games for his hit on Canadiens winger Jake Evans late in game one as he scored an empty netter.

Scheifele, who is tied for the playoff scoring lead on the Jets with five points, chose not to appeal the decision.

Centreman Pierre-Luc Dubois took Scheifele's spot on that line.

Winnipeg went 0-2 on the power play and gave up a shorthanded goal.

Jets captain Blake Wheeler thought it could have gone either way.

“I thought it was a great step in the right direction. I thought we played a great game and unfortunately it was one of those games where whoever scores first is going to win. I thought we got off to a way better start and had quite a few looks to tie the game up and unfortunately it was just a matter of being unable to get that bounce to go our way," he said.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots for the Jets.

There was no scoring in the first period.

Tyler Toffoli gave Montreal the lead 1:41 into the second with a shorthanded goal.

With Paul Byron off for high sticking, Tyler Toffoli picked up Shea Weber's clearing attempt and drove up the ice into the Winnipeg zone before toe dragging the puck and letting Kyle Connor slip by before firing a wrister just inside the left post.

The goal was Toffoli's 3rd of the playoffs.

Winnipeg pushed for the equalizer in the third period, getting a man advantage 4:31 into the period when Shea Weber tripped Nikolaj Ehlers but were unable to score.

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice pulled Connor Hellebuyck with 2:05 remaining in the third period in an effort to get the tying goal but came up short.

“It’s a challenge, for sure. We’ve been a better road team than we’ve been a home team all year. We’ve got some confidence going into the other team’s building and there’s a chance we might get Paul (Stastny) back, which will probably help our group up front," said Maurice.

Game Three goes Sunday in Montreal.


Last modified on Saturday, 05 June 2021 04:49
Philip Paul-Martin

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