Marc-André Fleury and Kirill Kaprizov combined their efforts to put their stamp on the victory. The first recorded 34 saves after whitewashing CH for 53 minutes, while the second scored twice.
The Wild have reunited with their supporters after a long five-game journey away from Saint Paul. They waited until the first moments of the second period before seeing their favorites register for the mark three times rather than once.
The second half hurt us. We took penalties and we lost our rhythm,” admitted head coach Martin St-Louis. But in general, if we play like that, we won’t have too many problems to get the results.
» We can’t just be happy after a win and unhappy after a loss. It’s a very reductive mentality. If we only focus on the result, we will never be able to focus on our progress. »
Mason Shaw unstuck the score after a juicy comeback granted by Jake Allen. He picked up a loose puck and sent it into the net with a backhand shot.
The CH goalkeeper was not at the end of his troubles. Kirill Kaprizov settled in front of the opposing cage and redirected a throw from Matt Boldy which deceived Allen’s vigilance during a numerical superiority.
They scored early in the second period, then on the power play. We had chances to score earlier in the first half and even the score in the second. We played a good game and we have to keep playing this waysaid captain Nick Suzuki.
Before the conclusion of the middle period, Kaprizov doubled the lead and allowed his side to widen the gap. The scoring ace has 8 goals in 10 games since the start of the calendar.
Trailing by three units with less than seven minutes left in the duel, Suzuki deprived Fleury of a shutout during a power play. The Habs continued to pressure the Wild and even came close to coming within a length of the hosts, to no avail.
Boldy delivered the coup de grace to the Montrealers with a success in an empty net.
» We understand that even if we lose, we have to lose the right way. Again tonight we fought. We worked hard without deviating from the game plan. We were able to come back in the last game against St. Louis. Again tonight, a jump here or there could have made the difference. This is a good sign for our group. We have set a good standard, but there is still a long way to go. »
The two teams had already met for the first time this season exactly one week ago. The Wild won 3-1 in Montreal. Fleury had recorded the gain and has not lost since his time at the Bell Centre. He is riding a happy streak of four triumphs.
The Wild goalkeeper was quickly and frequently tested by the visitors at the start of the game, but always stood up to the attacks. At the other end of the rink, Allen stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced.
In addition, Mike Hoffman and Michael Pezzetta were left out by the head coach of the Canadiens, who opted for Jonathan Drouin and Rem Pitlick to replace them. The latter did not make a single shot in defeat.
Before heading to Minnesota, the Habs stopped last week in Buffalo and St. Louis, where they picked up two wins. They first defeated the Sabers 3-2 thanks to the brilliance of Samuel Montembeault, then the Blues 7-4 following a hat trick from Christian Dvorak.
He will wrap up his four-game road trip Thursday against the Jets in Winnipeg. Martin St-Louis’ men will return to the Bell Center on Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights.