What the first period lacked in scoring, it made up for in animosity.
Ducks forward Corey Perry cross-checked Flames captain Mark Giordano, and hovered over Giordano as he was down on the ice. Travis Hamonic took exception and immediately engaged Perry in a fight.
“He’s one of the better players in the league,” Hamonic said. “If you can get him off (the ice) and sitting on the bench for seven minutes, I’m doing my job.”
The game was scoreless until late in the second period, when Kevin Bieksa’s cross-checking minor gave the Flames their fourth power play. Calgary had been unsuccessful with the man-advantage until Johnny Gaudreau fired a cross-ice pass from above the far-side circle to Kris Versteeg in front of the crease. Versteeg’s initial shot was blocked by Cam Fowler, but the puck rebounded to Sean Monahan, who beat a lunging John Gibson.
The Blackhawks (2-0-1) have scored 18 goals in three games, one behind the Maple Leafs for most in the NHL. Chicago is coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Monday.
Lack of offense is the same story that has dogged the Canadiens for the better part of the last five seasons. They have hovered on the cusp of the bottom third of the NHL in goals scored since 2013-14.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien was encouraged by his team’s effort in the loss to the The Best Cheap Jerseys Rangers. Two video reviews went against Montreal, but the result was predictable. All the focus is going to be on finding the net against the Blackhawks.
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