Carey Price perfect as Canadiens win Game 2 against Jets
Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images Article content The anticipated goaltending duel between Vzina Trophy winners Carey Price and Connor Hellebuyck materialized Friday as the Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 1 0 to take a 2 0 lead in their best of seven North Division final.
Price, who won the Vzina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender in 2015, made 30 saves for his eighth playoff shutout. It was the fifth consecutive win for Price and the Canadiens.
Hellebuyck, who won the Vzina last season, made 23 saves, losing his shutout hermes earrings replica
when Tyler Toffoli scored a shorthanded goal in the second period.
The series moves to Montreal for back to back games at the Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday.
Toffoli’s goal came on a 2 on 1 break with Artturi Lehkonen, who started the sequence when he blocked a shot by Kyle Connor.
Article content It was the second shorthanded goal for the Canadiens, who have scored first in each of their six road games in this year’s playoffs.
Scoring chances were scarce as the defences dominated the first period.
Corey Perry had the best scoring chance for the Canadiens midway through the period when Joel Armia set him up in front of the net, but Hellebuyck made two saves.
The Jets had a 2 on 1 break late in the period with Connor and Pierre Luc Dubois, but when Connor tried to create some room with a toe drag, Ben Chiarot broke up the play with a sprawling poke check.
Each team had to make a lineup change in the wake of Mark Scheifele’s hit on Jake Evans in Game 1. Evans is out indefinitely with a concussion and his place on the Canadiens’ shutdown line was filled by Lehkonen, who had missed five games with an undisclosed injury.
Scheifele was serving the first game of a four game suspension and his absence opened an opportunity for Jansen Harkins. It also gave Dubois a chance to play centre on the Jets’ top line with Connor and Blake Wheeler.
Scheifele spoke for the first time since the incident Friday morning and said he didn’t agree with the length of the suspension, but he had no plans to appeal the ruling.
He defended his actions and insisted he was trying to prevent Evans from scoring, even though the puck was in the net when he ran over the Montreal rookie.