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BAD GAUDETTE, GOOD GAUDETTE
Adam Gaudette was trying to make the right impression.
He hadn’t scored since the season opener, was moved to wing, was scratched and knows he’s on a one-year, show-us contract. If anything, a guy who has a digestive problem and trouble putting on needed muscle is getting muscled off pucks. Not good for what a winger must have in his DNA.
In the first period, Gaudette was stripped off the puck by Artturi Lehkonen as last man back on the second power play unit. It allowed the Canadiens winger to go backhand on Holtby for Montreal’s sixth short-handed goal of the season and a 2-0 lead. It also extended the Canucks’ road misery on the power play to 0-for-19. It would stretch to 0-for-21.
“I was just trying to collect the puck and get my head up, but they’re a high-pressure team and were on us quick,” said Gaudette. “I just fumbled it and wasn’t trying to toe-drag it as the last man back. That’s not my style of play. I should have made a decision quicker and just chipped the puck.”
To his credit, Gaudette responded less than three minutes later by hustling to pounce on an Alexander Romanov cross-ice pass in the neutral zone and unleash a knuckle shot that deflected past Carey Price.
“That was a good feeling for sure,” added Gaudette. “I feel I had a little bit of puck luck there which hasn’t been the case lately. I was glad to see that one go in and hopefully build off that.”
However, Gaudette then took a holding penalty behind his own net late in the second period with the Canucks down 5-1. Jay Beagle had the other Canucks goal.
OVERTIME —Jake Virtanen returned after being a healthy scratch for two games and replaced Antoine Roussel, who has a health issue, on the fourth line. He had a strong first period with two shots, four attempts and two hits. He finished with three shots, six attempts, four hits and a take-away.