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Habs vs Predators

“They’re a group that like to put a lot of pressure on guys. They’ve got a good defensive unit, an excellent goalie and a lot of speed, too. They put a lot of pressure on the opposing team and it’s tough to play against them. We’ve got to make sure that we execute well against Nashville and that we jump on loose pucks. We’ll have to be on our toes and put pressure on them.” – Michel Therrien

Winners of their last three games, including a two to nothing win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, the Montreal Canadiens would be looking for a fourth win in a row against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night at the Bridgestone Arena. While the the Habs had an extremely difficult start to the month (only winning one game in the first 6), they have outscored their opponents nine to two over their last three games and are on a run of 4-1-0, with most of the credit going to Carey Price while the rest has been made up of defensive posturing. On the other side of the ice, the Predators have gone through quite the rough patch, dropping to second in the Central Division behind the St. Louis Blues. Nashville, of course, will be trying to win two in a row for the first time since February 22 to 24, while the Habs will be battling to put pucks behind Pekka Rinne who has made 24 saves to register his fourth shutout of the season in a three to nothing win over the Buffalo Sabres. Scoring has been an issue for the Canadiens and if they don’t want to settle for just one or two lucky goals, the Habs are really going to need to work hard offensively as well as bring back the dominance that was seen on Saturday in order to stay on top.

The Predators gave themselves an early advantage with extreme pressure on the Habs and already putting four shots on net within the first few minutes. Even though the Canadiens responded back by jacking up the pressure, not one of their 10 shots made it past Pekka Rinne. Just ten minutes into the period and a goal from Mattias Ekholm gave the Predators the upper hand at the halfway mark and while the Habs continued to attempt to put pucks on net, Nashville ended up leaving the period with a one to nothing lead.

A much needed tie came for the Canadiens at two minutes and 28 seconds with Brendan Gallagher putting a quick one time shot in the Nashville net. While it was a slow start for the Habs, the team managed to keep to pressure and energy on, as well as keep everything even at the halfway mark. With just seven minutes and 18 seconds left, David Desharnais (assisted by P.A. Parenteau and Max Pacioretty) managed to give the Habs a one point advantage against the Predators and with time running out, the Canadiens took the two to one lead until the clock ran out.

With the Canadiens still keeping the pressure on, the Predators were trying to match up their pressure and speed to keep the Habs from staying in the lead and right near the midway mark (12 minutes and four seconds), Ryan Ellis gave the Predators the tie they needed (assisted by Mike Ribeiro). Carey Price was the number one star of the night, working his hands to the bone despite letting two goals in. With just five minutes of the game, both teams were working for their third goal of the night. However, the game went right into overtime.

Filip Forsberg gave the Nashville Predators the point they needed to beat the Montreal Canadiens three to two in overtime.

The Montreal Canadiens play the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on Thursday at 8:00pm.

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