Greater Montembeault – TVA Sports

Igor Shesterkin won the Vézina Trophy in 2022. In the first half, the 27-year-old goalkeeper justified his reputation by making many great saves. The crowd at Madison Square Garden chanted his name “Igor, Igor, Igor”.

At the other end of the field, Samuel Montembeault remained very calm. He found a way to stand up to one of the best in his profession. Not only did he fight the good fight, he won.

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The Canadiens, inspired by Montembeault’s 38 saves, cruised to a 2-1 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

“Our goaltending coach, Eric Raymond, previously worked in the Rangers organization, and Shesterkin is a goaltender we are looking for,” Montembo said. This is a really big win. He made some great saves, but so did I.

“I wanted to beat him, he is a very calm goalkeeper,” continued the Quebecer. “We had to get him moving to beat him and we did.”

Perfect in MSG

Montembeault touched wood when asked about the happiness of playing in a legendary venue like Madison Square Garden.

“I’ve never lost in this building,” he replied with a smile. I would like to continue this sequence.

In three games in New York, Montembeault recorded three wins, one against the Panthers and two against the Habs.

In addition to his record against the Blueshirts in Manhattan, the 26-year-old goaltender also showed he has a tough side with two quality starts in two nights. It was Jake Allen’s fourth straight start with an injury.

For the logo

With the loss of another center in Jake Evans, CH looked like a team going into battle without much ammunition. But the guests showed character.

“The Rangers are 13-2-2 in their last 17 games,” Martin St-Louis said. They were waiting for us at home, they didn’t play on Saturday. For us, we had to come back early after our game in Long Island. We had injuries. There were many excuses. But you have no choice but to continue in the NHL, other teams will not feel sorry for you.”

“It’s a huge character victory. Everyone was engaged. Played for the logo. I am very proud of the children.”

Caufield is comfortable on the big New York stage

In his second career game at Madison Square Garden, the 22-year-old American carried the offense with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over the Rangers.

“Yeah, it’s something special to play here,” Caufield said. It is the second best building in the NHL after the Bell Centre. It was a great experience. We were all looking forward to this game in New York. It is a very beautiful city and a unique amphitheater.”

In the third period, after an accurate and quick relay from Nick Suzuki, Coffield won with an accurate shot to Igor Shesterkin.

“It was a great goal to win,” he said. But there was still more than ten minutes left in this game. I am very satisfied with the whole team and our efforts.”

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Finally on the way

With this victory over the Rangers, one of the hottest teams in the NHL, the Habs ended a seven-game losing streak on the road. The last win came on Dec. 19, a 3-2 overtime win over the Coyotes in Tempe.

“We knew we hadn’t won in a long time,” Caufield said. This win feels good. We fixed aspects of our game, but it took the work of the whole team. And Sam [Montembeault] Denied a couple of quality scoring chances from Rangers.”

Dach in the center

With Jake Evans and Sean Monahan in the hospital, Kirby Dach now has the opportunity to reconnect with his natural position, that of center. Dach, who was used at center the last two seasons against the Islanders, was once again mandated to play the position.

He passed the test against Rangers with four tackles and a solid performance in his own area.

The former Blackhawks also scored his 8th goal of the season, beating Shesterkin with a sharp shot on the power play.

“It’s always nice when you play hockey like that,” Dach said. We played for each other. We blocked shots, paid attention to details and made sacrifices.

Martin had a smile on his face as he described the St-Louis No. 77 game.

“What we see is encouraging. He can play in many situations. He has a good offensive game, a tiresome stick, wins pucks and is physical. I am very satisfied with Dach.”

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