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Canadiens unable to win in Minnesota
Minnesota is the new San Jose.

The Canadiens haven’t won a game there since 2011. Did Martin St-Louis’ troupe put an end to this bad run tonight?

Here’s the Habs lineup:

And the locals’:

Emil Heineman, playing his first NHL game, got his turn on the ice alone.

Welcome to the NHL!

The Wild retreated to the dressing room ahead by two goals.

First, on the power play, Matthew Boldy was left all alone in the slot.

Marco Rossi then doubled his team’s lead with a low shot.

Martin St-Louis challenged the goal, claiming it was offside, but was unsuccessful.

Montreal showed character in the second period. First, David Savard took advantage of a nice play by Cole Caufield to score his second of the season.

Kaiden Guhle set the tone with a check on Kirill Kaprizov.

He then had to settle the score with Rossi.

Late in the period, Justin Barron was dangerously pushed into the boards.

He retreated to the dressing room.

Fortunately, he came back in the third period.

Good news, then. We didn’t want another injury.

The Habs found a way to make the Wild pay for their indiscipline. By taking a return throw from Juraj Slafkovsky, Nick Suzuki brought both teams back to square one.

Joel Armia opened the door for the bad guys a few moments later, however.

He put too much on Marcus Johansson. The result: Brock Faber took advantage of the power play to put the home team back in front.

But as had been the case all game, the visitors didn’t give up. With just over three minutes left in the game, Juraj Slafkovsky scored a lucky goal.

Savard and Mike Matheson also picked up their second points of the game.

Both teams seemed headed for the shootout, but Kaprizov made himself scarce in front of the net to give his team the win.

Final score: 3-2 Minnesota.

Martin St-Louis’ troupe returns to action tomorrow in Chicago. This will be the team’s last game before the break.

Extensions

– That’s pretty good.

– Defensemen dominate.

– He impressed me today.

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