(San José) The Canadian had to work hard to beat the worst team in the NHL.
Jesse Ylönen opened the scoring in the sixth round of the shootout and the Montreal team defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday afternoon at the SAP Centre.
The Canadian overcame a two-goal deficit to equalize.
Ylönen, who was limited to two ice appearances after the second suspension, then finished the game by showing patience and putting a nice fake past goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood.
“I had my idea of what I wanted to do, but you also have to adapt depending on the goalkeeper’s reaction,” Ylönen said. I wanted to go with the feint. »
After a long timeout in the first period, the Sharks put up a good fight against the Habs. They also had the advantage in shots on goal for the first time this season.
Cole Caufield had a goal and an assist, while Johnathan Kovacevic (9-9-2) also scored for the Canadians. Cayden Primeau stopped 31 shots.
After defeating the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, the Canadian is now assured of ending his stay in California with a winning record for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
“It’s good for morale,” head coach Martin St-Louis said. Nothing is perfect, but we keep correcting our mistakes and trying to improve. »
William Eklund had a goal and an assist, and Mike Hoffman also scored for the Sharks (3-15-2). Blackwood made 22 saves.
The Canadian will end his stay in California with a meeting with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday afternoon. They will then visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, before returning to Montreal to host the Florida Panthers at the Bell Center on Thursday.
During Friday’s game, the Canadian recalled forward Joel Armia of the Laval Rocket. He will be available for Saturday’s game against the Kings.
The Sharks had the first chance to score, but Primeau frustrated Luke Kunin on a two-on-one.
The Canadian made nine consecutive shots at the goal, but Blackwood stood like a wall in front of the Sharks net. He especially made good saves against Christian Dvorak and Caufield.
The Sharks finally attacked the Canadian’s net again when Kunin got another two-on-one opportunity. Once again, Primeau defended.
The home team made the last eight shots on goal in the first period. Primeau held down the fort for the Habs, stopping six shots among others as the Sharks took advantage in numbers.
“We had a very good start to the game, then we took a penalty and we lost our rhythm,” explained St-Louis. This is something we need to improve. We need to get back into the flow of things and get back to the things we do well. »
The Sharks finally opened the scoring at 5:06 of the second period. Hoffman was forgotten in the slot and beat Primeau with one shot off an Eklund pass that went behind the net.
The trio of Dvorak, Caufield and Juraj Slafkovsky had another good run in the opponent’s zone a few minutes later, but Blackwood remained uncompromising.
The Sharks doubled their lead at 12:30 on the power play. Eklund beat Primeau with one from the faceoff circle to the goalkeeper’s left.
Kovačević finally put the Canadian on the scoresheet at 1:58 in the second period. He surprised Blackwood with a precise shot from an oblique angle.
In the streak, Jayden Struble collected his first career NHL point and Caufield his 100the.
Caufield quickly added 101e full stop. He tied the game at 2-2 3:26 into the third period when he beat Blackwood on the side of the shield on a two-on-one.
The American maverick thus broke the drought of six matches. He also scored just his second goal of the season in five-on-five play.
“Of course it feels good to get one,” Caufield admitted. For me, it’s all about consistency. »
The tie lasted until the shootout. Blackwood extended the debate by frustrating Caufield at the break in early overtime.