SAN JOSE | Jesse Ylönen has quick hands and the instincts of a good shooter. Martin St-Louis knows this very well and bet on him during the shootout against the Sharks.
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The sixth man to rush toward MacKenzie Blackwood, Ylönen took a quick feint past the Sharks goaltender to get back to his strong side and put the puck into the empty net.
“It’s a great feeling when you score in the shootout, but it’s an even better feeling when you win the game,” Ylönen said modestly. It was not an easy victory. We worked hard.
“I was mentally prepared and I was happy to hear my name called to go,” continued the Finn. I watched the other players before me and analyzed how Blackwood was moving. I succeeded in my feint.”
Martin St-Louis had a smile on his face when he spoke about the author of the decisive goal.
“Ylönen was in my shooting book,” he replied. He has tiring hands for a goalkeeper, they move quickly.
Ylönen made only two appearances in the third period. He didn’t have a bad game in the choir, but the head coach decided to reduce the number of players. Michael Pezzetta, for his part, did not put his skates on the ice in the third period.
Press briefing by Jesse Ylönen –
First for Struble
Johnathan Kovacevic brought the Habs back to life in this match by scoring a superb goal at the end of the second period. In this game, Jayden Struble collected his first NHL point with an assist. He was in his second match.
“I was really happy,” Struble said. It’s special for me, it’s a pretty cool moment, but I have to thank “Kovy” (Kovačević) for his powerful shot.”
The author of the goal and the assist, Cole Caufield, for his part, reached the plateau of 100 points in the NHL (101). It took him 143 games to reach this number.
The Canadian announced the recall of winger Joel Armija and confirmed that he is placing defender Arber Xhekaj on the injured list.
Jayden Struble’s media briefing –