In the Habs Room: Most of the Canadiens-Blackhawks dramas took place off the ice

Kurashev of the Blackhawks scored the winner of the match, but had to wait for the people of Toronto to make not one, but two decisions to determine it was a good goal.

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There was more drama in the NHL situation than on the ice on Thursday when the Canadiens went 0 for 2 in video reviews and abandoned a 3-2 overtime decision at the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Philipp Kurashev of the Blackhawks scored the winning goal but had to anxiously wait on the bench for the people of Toronto to make not one, but two decisions to determine it was a good goal.

The confusion began when Kurashev grabbed the puck on the blue line and skated over Sam Montembeault. The keeper made the opening save and the puck was out of the crease when Mike Hoffman was trying to get back and ran into Kurashev. All three players went into the net when it was detached from its moorings and the puck crossed the goal line.

It took a few minutes for the puck to pass where the goalposts should have been. Referee Dean Morton extended the suspense when he announced there would be a second review to determine if Kurashev was offside when he entered the offensive zone.

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The second review determined that the Blackhawks skater was in control of the puck and therefore was not in an offside position.

“We are 0 to 2 on calls,” said coach Dominique Ducharme, who did not appear satisfied when the second decision was announced. “Over the past year, our percentage hasn’t been good on these types of calls.”

The ending had to be disappointing for Montembeault, who started because Jake Allen is out for at least a week with a groin injury. Montembeault should have stopped Patrick Kane’s equalizer in the third period but gave his teammates a chance with 28 saves.

The bottom line is that he has missed at least three goals in each of the 10 games he has started. It’s not enough when the Canadiens have the worst attack in the league, averaging one nuance over two goals per game.

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The Canadiens are winless in their last five games (0-3-2). They have the worst record ever in the NHL (7-24-5) and the worst record on the road (2-14-4).

Alexander Romanov returned to training because Chris Wideman was serving a one-game suspension for a header at Boston’s Erik Haula.

Ducharme wasn’t exaggerating when Romanov said brought a lot of energy to the game after not skating for 10 days because he was in COVID isolation.

Romanov witnessed Jeff Petry’s long overdue first goal of the season and scored six hits, one of which produced an irrational response from Ryan Carpenter. When Romanov hammered Sam Lafferty with a tough but legal body check, Carpenter went after the Russian. The result was an instigating penalty for Carpenter that opened the doors for the Canadiens to take their only lead when Mike Hoffman scored Montreal’s first power-play goal since 4 December.

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“He’s a guy who hits hard and clean.” Ducharme said of Romanov. “It’s part of hockey. If you don’t want to be hit, do something else. “

Ducharme wasted no time putting Rem Pitlick to work. Pitlick, who was signed off by the waivers from Minnesota Wild Wednesday, played 18:59 – Nick Suzuki was the only Montreal forward who saw more time on the ice – and was in power play. He should be an offensive guy, but he didn’t score a single shot on goal and it was minus-1.

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