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Not what Winnipeggers envisioned for the debut of the NHL's new era here. Three times during the game, Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was left to face in-alone Montreal shooters and they scored on all three, not a good omen.
Pavelec was scored on with some big-league shots -- Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Yannick Weber, Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty -- and the simple truth is, the Jets had nobody shooting the puck with such accuracy on Sunday. That spells game over.
A lame interference call on Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien early in the third period led to Montreal's third goal, the power-play marker by Weber. Even though there were 15 minutes left, it was too big a hole for the Jets and it ruined the momentum they had gathered by creeping to down 2-1.
After he scored the opening goal of the game at 3:05 on a laser shot, Montreal's Mike Cammalleri didn't make it to the first intermission. After coming on for a faceoff with about four minutes left in the period, he ran into some traffic on the way to the bench and seconds later, possibly after being cut by a skate, was in serious distress on the bench. The game was stopped quickly and Cammalleri was taken off in a rush. The Habs had little in the way of news on his injury, nor that to fellow defenceman Jaroslav Spacek, who was also out early.
Free Press ★★★
★ Carey Price. Quality effort in Habs’ Game 2 rebound.
★★ Nik Antropov. First goal for new Jets.
★★★ Tomas Plekanec. Goal, two assists. Big lift after shutout loss.
1. Montreal, Cammalleri 1, 3:05
Penalties -- Slater Wpg (holding) 8:35, Cole Mtl (tripping) 14:26, Gill Mtl (interference) 18:49, Emelin Mtl (hooking) 19:30.
2. Montreal, Plekanec 1 (Moen, Weber) 14:17
Penalties -- Bogosian Wpg (holding) 1:44, Weber Mtl (holding) 3:22, Byfuglien Wpg (interference) 6:53, Gomez Mtl (holding) 12:15.
3. Winnipeg, Antropov 1 (Stuart, Burmistrov) 2:27
4. Montreal, Weber 1 (Plekanec, Desharnais) 4:51 (pp)
5. Montreal, Moen 1 (Plekanec) 10:31
6. Montreal, Pacioretty 1 (Gorges) 12:32
Penalties -- Subban Mtl (cross-checking), Stuart Wpg (roughing) 3:43, Byfuglien Wpg (interference) 4:28, Diaz Mtl (interference) 17:15, Subban Mtl (interference) 19:58.
Shots on goal by
Montreal 7 9 6 -- 22
Winnipeg 8 9 14 -- 31
Goal -- Montreal: Price (W,1-1-0); Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,0-1-0).
Power plays (goals-chances) -- Montreal: 1-4; Winnipeg: 0-7.
Referees -- Rob Martell, Brad Meier. Linesmen -- Vaughan Rody, Ryan Galloway.
Attendance -- 15,004 (15,004).