“When you’re making plays away from the puck and working hard, you get rewarded,” Domi added. “Jo’s doing that. I don’t know if everyone noticed, but he had two backchecks that were crucial in this game.”
“A penalty at that time of the game is not a penalty you want to take,” Julien said. “If (Drouin) said it’s on him he has reason. In a game like that when we came back to tie it, you really have to be disciplined. It’s certain that even if (Backes) went after him, he gave him a cross-check in the face and it’s a four-minute. It’s something we can’t keep doing if we want to win games. We need better discipline.”
But I’ll also remember those nights where we made the Forum shake and sent shockwaves throughout Montreal. As your cheers now go straight to my heart, as you honor me tonight by retiring my jersey, and as you welcome me now like you did on my first day, my friends, tonight, I’m coming home.”
In the first period, Kyle Palmieri tapped Andy Greene’s point shot past Carey Price 6:26 into the game. The lead lasted 24 seconds before Jonathan Drouin beat Keith Kincaid from a bad angle.
The Max Domi and Philip Danault lines played strong games again.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi played 16:41, had two assists and – the astonishing stat – won 10 of 16 faceoffs.
Maybe not so astonishing. The kid gets better every time out, on every facet of his game.
Kenny Agostino scored his first goal in bleu-blanc-rouge and continues to look good playing with the two Finns.