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Joel Armia has successfully completed a first hat trick in the NHL.
Despite a slow start, the Canadian has avoided the trap on Friday night, and montreal defeated the New York Rangers 4-2.
The Canadian was surprised by the New Jersey Devils early in the week before the imposition of a correction to the Detroit Red Wings. After leaving the Rangers prevail in the first period, the Canadian has turned it around in time to avoid a second setback in three games against training out of the playoffs.
“In the first period [the Rangers] came out strong, we put in the time to bring us in walking, noted the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. From the second period, we have assumed and Carey [Price] played a game for us. “
Joel Armia has successfully completed a first hat trick in the NHL and Brendan Gallagher added his 28th goal of the season for the Canadian (35-23-7).
“[Armia] has had a good start to the season, but he missed six weeks due to injury, recalled Julien. It is not easy to go back and find his game.
“I always see the same thing, he is a player that works well with the puck, strong along the ramps. He has good qualities and he had scoring chances. It did not want to go, but tonight, he scored two big goals for us. The third in an empty net, it deserved it well. “
Carey Price made 25 stops to get a 313th victory, one less than Jacques Plante, the first rank in the history of the Canadian.
The Canadian has kept his skills in the race series in the Association. The troops of Julian still holds the first of two passes additional giving access to the tournament of spring with 77 points, two more than the Blue Jackets in Columbus and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets, however, have two games in hand on the Habs and Penguins, one.
The Penguins lost 4-3 in overtime to face the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. For their part, the Hurricanes of Carolina defeated the Blues in St. Louis 5-2 to move ahead of the Blue Jackets for third in the Metropolitan section with 76 points. The Hurricanes also have a match more to play in the Canadian by the end of the season.
Vladislav Namestnikov and Brendan Lemieux replied for the Rangers (27-27-10). Brady Skjei has raised two aides, and Henrik Lundqvist made 32 stops.
Artturi Lehkonen has been at the heart of the scoring opportunities of the Canadian in the first period, but he was unable to end its food shortage, which has lasted for 27 games.
At the other end of the ice, Namestnikov opened the scoring at 4 min 41 s, diverting it deftly a shot of Skjei.
Price has kept the Canadian in the shot in return of the intermission, making a stop spectacular at the expense of Namestnikov at the end of a shorthanded Habs.
Gallagher has finally created equal 7min 27 sec, taking advantage of a discount Tomas Tatar after a rejection from Jordie Benn behind the net of Rangers.
Price has managed another shot smoky, a little later, leaving the mitten at the expense of Pavel Buchnevich. Lundqvist has given him the reply, frustrating Gallagher two times, blow on blow, on a deflection, and then on a return.
Armia was then given the lead in Canada with 5 min 22 s to making at second twenty, in the wake of another bond in favour of the band.
He returned to the charge after 4 min 29 s game in the third period, when he decided to shoot on a downhill two-against-one.
This goal proved to be important, since Lemieux narrowed the gap with 2 minutes 32 seconds to do. Armia has finally completed his hat trick by pulling in an empty net with just 36.7 seconds remaining.
Paul Byron was in uniform for the canadiens, one day after having missed his turn to drive because of a virus.
The Canadian will be back in action on Saturday, when the Penguins will be the visitors at the Bell Centre.