RECAP | Canadiens – Jets: Alain Lone Goal-Scorer, Winnipeg Prevails

Photo by Scourse Photography | Belleville Senators

Montreal Canadiens vs Winnipeg Jets Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Post-game Interviews, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | 2019 Rookie Showcase Game 3 | Sunday, September 8, 2019
CAA Arena, Belleville, ON






Photo by Scourse Photography | Belleville Senators

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Cox – Evans – Alain

Harvey-Pinard – Poehling – Suzuki

Pezzetta – Hillis – Hawel

Fonstad – Houde – Marleau


Defense pairings

Leskinen – Fleury

Fairbrother – Brook

Plouffe – LeGuerrier



Primeau – Shank


Adams-Moisan, Crevier-Morin, Guay, Verbeek



Game Report

After falling to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, the Montreal Canadiens hoped to get their first win of the 2019 Rookie Showcase on Sunday night when they played the Winnipeg Jets. Cayden Primeau took up residence in the Habs net once again.

Despite getting a few good power play opportunities in the game, the Montreal man advantage couldn’t convert yet again. In fact, the power play struggled even more on this night than it had the previous evening. They moved the puck well, but could only stay to the perimeter.

The Jets came out with a strong, physical, and aggressive style of play again, but unlike Friday night against the Senators, this time they were able to pace themselves and maintain a tiring pace for the entire game. Ville Heinola got them on the board first with a bar down shot from the blue line.

Not long after that, however, Montreal tied things up when Alexandre Alain accepted a very nice pass from Jake Evans and, as they drove hard to the net, flipped the puck up and over Griffen Outhouse‘s pads.

With both teams sharing the same tunnel to exit toward their respective dressing rooms, an already-chippy game turned into some tense moments leaving the ice surface, but the officials kept the teams separated.

The teams traded penalties in the second period, but Winnipeg was able to score shorthanded to restore their one-goal lead. In the final period, the tensions mounted noticeably after a dangerous-looking trip on Nick Suzuki came close to being a knee-on-knee hit.

Montreal tried everything to light a spark and tie the game once again, including splitting up Ryan Poehling and Suzuki, but the efforts went unrewarded. The Canadiens fell 2-1 in this game and now head back to Montreal without a win in the tournament.

Plus / Minus

▲  Ryan Poehling, Jake Evans, Cale Fleury
▼  Joe Cox, Jack York, Dylan Plouffe

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
21 Shots 20
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 1
2 Penalty Minutes 8
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Canadiens (0-2-0) 1 0 0 1
Jets (1-1-0) 1 1 0 2
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Alain (1)
  • WPG: Heinola (1), Kovacevic (1)
  • MTL: Primeau (L) 0-2-0
  • WPG: Outhouse (L) 1-0-0

Stars of the Game​​

 NHL Official Three Stars
  1. Johnathan Kovacevic  WPG
  2. Alexandre Alain  MTL
  3. Ville Heinola  WPG


 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Post-game interview with Joel Bouchard

Post-game interview with Otto Leskinen

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report

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