Thursday, April 17, 2014

Another road win for Jets

MONTREAL—Brendan Gallagher felt a little hard done by the referees.
In the final minute of play in Winnipeg’s 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens yesterday afternoon, Gallagher was roughed up by three different Jets’ players, preventing him from leaving the offensive zone.

With their net empty and an extra player on the ice for a Canadiens’ team looking for the equalizer, Gallagher was kept on the wrong side of the blueline for roughly 20 seconds—keeping his team from entering Winnipeg’s zone.
Gallagher was cross-checked into the net by Zach Bogosian, punched and then elbowed in the head by goalie Al Montoya in the crease, and then elbowed again by defenceman Jacob Trouba.
There was no call on the play.
“There could have been five penalties there,” said Montreal head coach Michel Therrien, who watched the replay before speaking to the media.
“We’re definitely going to ask the league for explications.
“It’s very frustrating,” he added. “It could have given us the chance to tie the game.”
But Montoya, who made 30 saves for his 10th win of the season, wasn’t buying any of it, and suggested the Habs’ forward was doing his best to stay in the zone and draw a penalty.
“No. 11?” Montoya asked, apparently not knowing Gallagher by name.
“We were all caught up,” he noted. “The referees saw that. They were there.
“You know he was doing something for a reason.”
With the game tied at 1-1 going into the third period, Michael Frolik scored the eventual winner at 1:04 after a Winnipeg dump-in was mishandled by Habs’ goalie Carey Price.
Jets’ captain Andrew Ladd took the puck off Price’s stick and found a streaking Frolik in front of the net.
The Canadiens (29-21-6) kept the pressure on Montoya and the Jets in the final frame, but couldn’t benefit from two power plays.
Winnipeg held on for their eighth win in 10 games since Paul Maurice took over as head coach Jan. 12.
The Jets (27-25-5) still are in last place in the Central Division, but only are four points off the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Winnipeg now has won four of its last five on the road, and beat the Canadiens for the first time in seven encounters.
Washington topped Detroit 6-5 (OT) in the only other NHL game yesterday.

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