Zucker apologizes for calling out Boudreau

Ruben Hill
October 21, 2019

"If we want to get better as a team we need to be able to face those kind of situations and do the job properly".

Brendan Gallagher got a lucky bounce, and the Montreal Canadiens took over from there.

Carey Price made 32 saves as the Blues outshot the Canadiens 34-25.

After the Wild were shut out by the Montreal Canadiens to fall to 1-6, Zucker said during an interview with the three beat writers that what will jump-start the Wild is "each individual guy from Bruce on down", not a brief, closed-door, players-only meeting called by captain Mikko Koivu. Jaden Schwartz and David Perron scored for the Stanley Cup champions, and Allen made 20 saves in his first home start since January 8. The Canadiens went 2-for-5 on the power play, while the Blues were 0-for-3. Tomas Tatar made a great cross-ice pass to a streaking Max Domi who drew everyone's attention before firing a pass across to Jordan Weal at the top of the crease. Folin replaced rookie Cale Fleury in the lineup.

Allen said the shot deflected off the shaft of his stick and into the net. It was a goal nicely set up by Nate Thompson and Nick Cousins from down low and Suzuki made no mistake, one-timing a pass from behind the net and beating Allen to make it 4-1. Jonathan Drouin scored the goal, but it came off a ideal cross-ice feed from Kotkaniemi. Allen didn't have a chance.

Suzuki scored his second goal in as many games with 8:27 left in the second. The Wild scored 49 power play goals with a 20.3% success rate on power play opportunities last season. It was the second power-play goal of the game for Montreal, which improved to 5 for 14 on the road with the man advantage. Weal banged away at the puck a few times before finally knocking it over the line to open the scored less than six minutes into the game.

The Canadiens will be back in action Sunday when they face the Wild in Minnesota (5 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens grabbed control after Gallagher's tiebreaking goal.

Canadiens fans are allowed to dream this early in the season, especially after watching their team sweep the season series against the defending champs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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