About Last Night: Newhook, Montembeault help Habs snap losing streak

Alex Newhook scored twice and Sam Montembeault made 30 saves in a 4-3 regulation win for the Canadiens over the Anaheim Ducks.

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The Montreal Canadiens snapped a season-tying four-game losing streak with a hard fought 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

Alex Newhook lead the way on offence with two goals. Samuel Montembeault had a few highlight reel saves among the 30 he made in the win.

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Earlier in the day, the team announced defenceman Jordan Harris is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, while forward Rafaël Harvey-Pinard will miss 6-8 weeks with a lower-body injury. Arber Xhekaj is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and didn’t accompany the team on their current road trip.

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Jayden Struble was recalled from Laval and made his NHL debut. He played 11:20 and had one hit.

The Habs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. Newhook scored first just after the first Anaheim penalty of the night was concluding.

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Just 38 seconds later, Kaiden Guhle gave the away team a two-goal lead. Regular speed doesn’t do Montreal’s passing justice here, it must be watched in slo-mo.

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The Habs entered the dressing room after 20 minutes with the lead, in part thanks to Montembeault making some huge saves.

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A year ago, Mason McTavish was a hero in the 2022 World Junior Championships, and he’s already looking like a force in the pros. He put his team on the board 53 seconds into the second period with a power play goal.

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Less than a minute later, Matheson restored Montreal’s two-goal lead with a shot from the point.

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McTavish and linemate Frank Vatrano supplied all their team’s offence on the night. McTavish finished off Vatrano’s effort to reduce Montreal’s lead to 3-2.

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In the third period, The Ducks only had Montembeault to beat to tie up the game, but the Habs netminder shut the door with a spectacular glove save.

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McTavish and Vatrano kept coming. This time it was Vatrano with his 13th of the season to even things at 3-3.

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With overtime looming, Jake Evans stripped Anaheim of the puck and took it down the ice himself before setting up Newhook for the game-winner. Newhook now has six goals on the season, putting him on pace for 25.

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There’s a common belief in the NHL that teams know what they are by the time American Thanksgiving comes around. It’s Turkey day down south, and the Canadiens sit at 23rd in league standings. They’re in a tightly packed group so they could still swing a few spots up or down, but the Liveblog commenters don’t seem too surprised with how things have gone thus far.

The line of Newhook, Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher made the most impact according to Hockey Stat Cards. And look at Struble! Perhaps a forgotten man with the likes of Lane Hutson of David Reinbacher coming, but there’s always room for a steady defenceman.

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3. “Glad they switched gears and won it in regulation. Good game by the Habs. Newhook was great. Stuble looked right at home.” -Max Gray

2. “Nice victory, even though it was a little scary for a while. This is the type of game we expect from this team, a steady consistent effort. Nobody (other than Monty) was fantastic, but nobody really sucked either. Nice job boys.” -Bob Taylor

1. “The team played well, Newhook had a great game. Montembeault played like Carey Price, great road run by the Canadiens who really needed this one.” -Ryan Katz

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