Sheeeeeesh! Last night’s game was stressful. 0-0 going into the second period. I think the Canadiens had maybe a billion good chances to score on Varly leading to the point where Carl Soderberg scored the first goal for the. The Canadiens outshot the Avalanche 44-25. It is funny how that happens. The Canadiens absolutely take it to the Avalanche. The Avalanche cannot get out of their own way and end up shutting out he Canadiens. All credit goes to Varly. He earned his first win and first star of 2018 with a 44 save performance to shutout the Canadiens.
Both of the Goals scored by the Avs were easily stoppable if Niemi had been in position. The first goal was a rap around goal by Carl Soderberg (11). Niemi simply was not ready for the wrap. His stick was out of position and Carl was able to slide the puck 5-hole.
After a barrage of 3rd period shots and a 5 on 3 for the Canadiens the Avalanche sealed the game off a defensive zone turnover by the Canadiens with this Alexander Kerfoot goal, his 14th on the year. Niemi could have made the save on this shot too, the shot wasn’t a punishing shot. Niemi simply lost track of the puck as it bounced around front and Kerfoot ended up putting it in the back of the net.
I would say that the Avalanche did not deserve to win this game as a team, but Varly it. He stopped breakaways and a plethora of shots from high quality scoring locations.
Also this was pretty interesting play last night for the Avs. Refs apparently did not realize how delayed penalties worked.
I was wrong yesterday Niemi got the nod last night for Montreal, instead of Carey Price.
One last thing, in the post game interview with Varlamov there was a lot that could of been said about Bernier. He played great and really stepped up for the team when Varly was hurt and I have not seen him getting a lot of recognition and something could have been said. That is all.