Fenwick chart for 2014-01-28 Hurricanes 0 at Canadiens 3

Game 53 By the Numbers: Hurricanes at Canadiens

Raise your hand if you've heard this story before: The Carolina lost a game in which they outshot their opponent and played a fairly solid game that was muddled by a few critical mistakes. This sums up their 3-0 shutout loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night, ending a four game winning streak and putting them one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers in the Metropolitan Division. This was the Hurricanes fifth game in seven days, so it was expected for them to be fatigued coming into Tuesday night and that's pretty much what they looked like for the first 30 minutes or so.

Not that the Canes started the game slow, but Montreal seemed to have an extra step and took advantage of a few coverage breakdowns Carolina had in their own zone. I don't recall many times when it looked like Montreal was dominating the territorial play, but they didn't really need to. The Hurricanes weren't exactly creating a lot of offense in the first period (only five scoring chances) and looked very confused in their own zone when Montreal activated their defense to create chances in transition. This is how they scored their first and third goals.

For a team that gets a lot of credit for their skating ability, the Hurricanes always seem to have trouble when it comes to getting back into their own end to play defense and breaking up chances on the rush. It's been a problem since last season and they usually end up in bad situations as a result. Montreal took full advantage of this early on and were able to lean on Carey Price the rest of the way. Carolina ended up with the advantage in shots and scoring chances but couldn't solve Price (or the goal post) and ended up taking the loss.

Carolina may have deserved a better fate than shutout loss, but they were still playing from behind for 80% of the game and that's obviously not good.

Fenwick Timeline from Extra Skater

Scoring Chances

Period Total 5v5 PP 5v3 SH 3v5 4v4 EN
1 5 8 3 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 12 7 6 5 6 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 5 4 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 22 19 14 16 6 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Carolina didn't have a great game at even strength and Montreal was all over them during the first period. I said earlier that they weren't getting hemmed in much, but the Habs were beating them to rebounds while the Hurricanes struggled to challenge Price early on. Once the Habs took a 3-0 lead, Therrien Hockey was in full effects. The Habs went into a defensive shell, allowed Carolina to bring the play to them and had Price bail them out when a breakdown occurred. This is what they did against them on New Year's Eve and while it failed then, Price came up big this time and had some help from the goal post. This game was actually similar to the comeback on New Year's Eve with Montreal taking consecutive penalties and daring Carolina to get back into the game. They had a much better result this time around.

Hurricanes Individual Scoring Chances

 

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Jeff Skinner 0 3 4 6
Jiri Tlusty 0 3 3 4
Drayson Bowman 0 3 3 7
Nathan Gerbe 0 4 2 5
Alexander Semin 0 3 2 8
Andrej Sekera 0 1 1 6
Jordan Staal 0 2 1 2
Eric Staal 0 3 1 5
Tuomo Ruutu 0 3 1 5
Manny Malhotra 0 1 1 1
John-Michael Liles 0 1 1 4
Aaron Palushaj 0 1 1 2
Ron Hainsey 0 1 1 2
Mike Komisarek 0 1 0 1
Elias Lindholm 0 3 0 4
Riley Nash 0 0 0 2
Justin Faulk 0 2 0 9
Jay Harrison 0 1 0 2

Hurricanes On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH
4 Andrej Sekera 19:14 6 5 2:53 2 1 1:38 2 1
5 Mike Komisarek 10:04 2 7 0:00 0 0 1:03 0 0
11 Jordan Staal 14:01 4 8 2:18 1 0 1:25 2 1
12 Eric Staal  15:46 3 2 3:42 5 2 0:28 0 0
14 Nathan Gerbe 11:33 4 7 1:31 1 0 0:37 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu 11:42 4 2 1:07 1 0 0:00 0 0
16 Elias Lindholm 11:31 2 6 2:35 2 2 0:35 0 1
19 Jiri Tlusty 15:33 2 2 2:43 4 0 1:00 0 0
20 Riley Nash 10:37 2 2 0:00 0 0 0:37 0 0
21 Drayson Bowman 12:08 4 4 0:00 0 0 1:26 2 0
22 Manny Malhotra 9:36 5 4 0:39 0 0 0:48 0 0
26 John-Michael Liles 17:45 4 4 2:55 4 1 0:00 0 0
27 Justin Faulk 19:05 9 5 1:58 1 0 0:41 0 1
28 Alexander Semin 16:41 4 2 3:13 3 2 0:28 0 0
37 Aaron Palushaj 8:27 4 4 0:32 0 0 0:36 0 0
44 Jay Harrison 13:56 1 7 0:00 0 0 2:22 2 0
53 Jeff Skinner 12:18 4 5 3:42 4 2 0:00 0 0
65 Ron Hainsey 20:03 6 4 0:12 1 0 2:16 0 0
31 Anton Khudobin   14 16   6 2   0 1

Best EV Forward: Alex Semin +2

Worst EV Forwards: Jordan Staal & Elias Lindholm -4

Best EV Defenseman: Justin Faulk +4

Worst EV Defenseman: Jay Harrison -6

Semin, Liles & Skinner had Carolina's best chances last night on the power play and were denied, which is unfortunate because these three along with Tlusty & Bowman had fairly good games offensively. The first line didn't do a lot at even strength, but they came very close to making an impact on the power play and hopefully this carries over to the next game. Skinner's line with Jordan Staal & Elias Lindholm had a rough game at even strength and did not look good at all on the Pacioretty goal, which put the game out of reach early in the second period. 

Also having a rough game at evens was the Komisarek/Harrison defense pairing. These two have surprisingly been okay in some recent games but when they are bad, it's usually an ugly performance and many goals are going to be scored on these two when that happens. They got their wires crossed on the Prust goal and were destroyed by that line all night long. This is the risk you take playing them on the road on the same d-pair. All three defense pairings had errors on each of Montreal's goals, though.

Canadiens Individual Scoring Chances

Player Goals Shots Chances Attempts
Brendan Gallagher 1 5 4 6
Brandon Prust 1 4 3 4
Michael Bournival 0 3 3 4
Andrei Markov 0 3 0 4
Rene Bourque 0 2 2 2
Brian Gionta 0 2 1 5
Max Pacioretty 1 2 1 4
Lars Eller 0 2 1 2
Tomas Plekanec 0 1 1 3
Josh Gorges 0 1 0 1
Nathan Beaulieu 0 1 0 1
Daniel Briere 0 1 1 1
David Desharnais 0 1 2 2
Alexei Emelin 0 1 0 4
P.K. Subban 0 1 0 3
Douglas Murray 0 0 0 1
George Parros 0 0 0 0
Travis Moen 0 0 0 1

 

Canadiens On-Ice Scoring Chances

# Player 5v5 PP SH
6 Douglas Murray 14:07 4 2 0:00 0 0 3:10 1 3
8 Brandon Prust 12:53 5 7 0:00 0 0 1:58 1 1
11 Brendan Gallagher 13:36 6 3 1:52 1 0 0:00 0 0
14 Tomas Plekanec 15:07 3 2 1:12 0 2 3:31 2 3
15 George Parros 7:01 1 2 0:00 0 0 0:00 0 0
17 Rene Bourque 12:13 5 7 0:53 0 0 0:00 0 0
21 Brian Gionta 15:00 4 2 1:15 0 2 1:15 0 3
26 Josh Gorges 20:45 3 6 1:10 0 0 3:02 1 3
32 Travis Moen 8:49 1 3 0:00 0 0 2:47 1 2
40 Nathan Beaulieu 13:17 4 3 1:44 1 0 0:00 0 0
48 Daniel Briere 7:43 1 2 0:53 0 0 0:00 0 0
49 Michael Bournival 12:59 4 1 0:06 0 0 0:00 0 0
51 David Desharnais 16:14 7 3 1:55 1 0 0:00 0 0
67 Max Pacioretty 15:19 6 3 3:01 1 2 0:00 0 0
74 Alexei Emelin 17:06 9 5 0:00 0 0 2:58 1 3
76 P.K. Subban 18:51 3 7 2:24 0 2 0:00 0 0
79 Andrei Markov 16:34 9 5 2:42 1 2 2:50 1 3
81 Lars Eller  12:27 5 7 0:53 0 0 2:29 0 3
31 Carey Price   16 14   1 2   2 6

Best EV Forward: David Desharnais +4

Worst EV Forwards: Brandon Prust, Rene Bourque, Travis Moen & Lars Eller -2

Best EV Defensemen: Alexei Emelin & Andrei Markov +4

Worst EV Defenseman: PK Subban -4

In a normal Montreal game, you are in good shape if you can contain PK Subban. The Hurricanes did that, but the Markov/Emelin pairing destroyed them and made up for Subban having an off-night. Markov jumping into the play was a key factor in the Pacioretty goal and he along with Emelin did a great job of shutting down the Hurricanes offense for most of the night. Murray/Beaulieu also had a solid performance at preventing chances, although they were both on the ice for a lot of Carolina shots.

Head-to-Head at Five-on-Five

Pacioretty, Desharnais & Gallagher was a line that crushed the Hurricanes last season and this game was no different. Jordan Staal's line could not contain them at all and they did a number on the Canes first defense pairing, as well. Liles was also caught on the ice for a goal against this line. Another player that always seems to do well against Carolina is Brandon Prust and while his overall numbers are a mixed bag, his line destroyed Harrison & Komisarek and scored the Habs opening goal.

5v5 Zone Entries

Hurricanes

  # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
Sekera 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Komisarek 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Staal 4 2 3 2 1 0 2
E. Staal 11 3 9 3 2 0 1
Gerbe 5 4 3 2 2 2 0
Ruutu 5 2 3 2 2 0 0
Lindholm 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
Tlusty 4 1 4 1 0 0 1
Nash 3 0 1 0 2 0 0
Bowman 6 4 3 1 3 3 0
Malhotra 3 2 2 2 1 0 0
Liles 4 0 1 0 3 0 0
Faulk 5 3 3 2 2 1 0
Semin 7 2 4 2 3 0 0
Palushaj 6 3 4 3 2 0 0
Harrison 2 1 1 1 1 0 0
Skinner 4 2 3 2 1 0 0
Hainsey 5 0 1 0 4 0 0
Team 78 29 46 23 32 6 4

 

A great game by Eric Staal in the neutral zone went to waste and part of it has to do with his line not creating much offense off his entries. Although, thi scan be applied for the rest of the forwards, as Staal & Palushaj were the only players to have more than two unblocked shots off carry-ins. Speaking of which, Palushaj was impressive at times last night. I would like to see him get a few more games because he might be able to add something to the bottom-six.

Canadiens

 

Player # of entries Shots generated Carry-ins Shots generated Dump-ins Shots generated Failed Entries
Murray 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Prust 3 1 2 0 1 1 0
Gallagher 4 3 1 1 3 2 0
Plekanec 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
Parros 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bourque 6 2 4 2 2 0 0
Gionta 5 6 5 6 0 0 0
Gorges 4 1 1 0 3 1 0
Moen 4 1 1 1 3 0 0
Beaulieu 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Briere 5 1 1 1 4 0 1
Bournival 5 1 2 1 3 0 0
Desharnais 4 3 2 3 2 0 0
Pacioretty 4 3 4 3 0 0 0
Emelin 5 1 0 0 5 1 0
Subban 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
Markov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eller 7 2 2 1 5 1 0
Team 62 25 28 19 34 6 2

Montreal had a three goal lead for 2/3 of the game, so they had no problem with dumping the puck in and making the Hurricanes travel 200 feet to start a comeback. This isn't a strategy I'm in favor of, but it worked last night thanks to Price. Gionta, Pacioretty and Bourque all had four or more controlled entries despite this, though.

5v5 Zone Exits

Hurricanes

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
4 Andrej Sekera D 20 2 7 0 1 4
5 Mike Komisarek D 6 0 3 1 1 0
11 Jordan Staal C 7 2 0 0 1 0
12 Eric Staal C 8 2 2 1 0 0
14 Nathan Gerbe C 2 1 0 0 0 0
15 Tuomo Ruutu R 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 Elias Lindholm C 6 0 2 1 0 0
19 Jiri Tlusty C 5 1 2 0 0 0
20 Riley Nash C 6 0 2 0 1 0
21 Drayson Bowman L 5 1 1 0 0 0
22 Manny Malhotra C 4 1 1 0 1 0
26 John-Michael Liles D 28 3 7 1 0 0
27 Justin Faulk D 18 2 4 1 2 0
28 Alexander Semin R 12 5 2 0 0 0
37 Aaron Palushaj R 4 1 2 0 0 0
44 Jay Harrison D 20 0 1 1 2 3
53 Jeff Skinner C 3 1 1 0 0 0
65 Ron Hainsey D 21 1 5 2 2 0
  Forwards   63 15 15 2 3 0
  Defense   113 8 27 6 8 7
  Overall   176 23 42 8 11 7

 

Carolina tried to activate their defense when they were playing from behind and it almost worked a few times. This is one of the things Liles does well and while it can lead to breakouts the other way, he is very effective at moving the puck up ice and jumping into the play. Hopefully he starts to see more results from it.

Canadiens

# Player Pos. Touches Carry Pass Other Turnover Icing
6 Douglas Murray D 13 1 2 0 1 0
8 Brandon Prust L 6 1 0 0 2 0
11 Brendan Gallagher R 5 1 2 0 1 0
14 Tomas Plekanec C 7 1 3 0 0 0
15 George Parros R 6 1 2 0 0 0
17 Rene Bourque R 4 3 0 0 0 0
21 Brian Gionta R 6 0 3 0 0 0
26 Josh Gorges D 21 0 2 2 4 0
32 Travis Moen L 5 2 0 0 0 0
40 Nathan Beaulieu D 18 1 3 1 1 1
48 Daniel Briere C 3 0 0 0 1 0
49 Michael Bournival L 9 3 2 0 0 0
51 David Desharnais C 8 2 0 1 0 0
67 Max Pacioretty L 8 0 1 0 1 1
74 Alexei Emelin D 19 0 2 1 2 2
76 P.K. Subban D 26 1 3 0 1 1
79 Andrei Markov D 19 0 6 0 3 1
81 Lars Eller C 11 4 1 0 1 0
  Forwards   78 18 14 1 6 1
  Defense   116 3 18 4 12 5
  Overall   194 21 32 5 18 6

It's rare for Subban to have a game like this, but the rest of Montreal's defense was able to make up for him. Markov & Beaulieu were both very good at leading breakouts and even Doug Murray had a good game for his standards.

 

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