Jake Allen did not waste his chance to make a good first impression in the Montreal Canadians uniform.
In his first start with the Hobbs, Allen stopped 25 shots with a 3-1 lead over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
Fredericton, a New Brunswick native, lost 22 peopleE Career shutout when Devin Shore fails him with 2:09 left in the meet.
Alexander Romanov, with his NHL debut Shia Weber, scored goals for Arthur Lehkonen, the Canadians (2-0-1) in the power play as they wiped out their two-game series against the Oilers. .
Miko Coskinen made 31 savings on the net for the Oilers (1-3-0).
The Canadians ‘shorthand arm stopped the Oilers’ massive attack for the second time in a row. Oilers 0-for-10 in powerplay in a two-game series.
The Canadian will travel to Vancouver on Tuesday and play three games with Connex on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Less shiny, just as effective
The Oilers got some good shots early in the game, but came up against Allen.
Romanov started scoring at 9:54, his long shot slipping under Koskinen’s right arm.
The Canadian then found himself in hot water, receiving three penalties in a row. However, the Oilers scored just two shots on goal with a 5.28 power play.
Without creating too many scoring chances, the Hubs had a better second period as the Oilers were unable to put pressure on the offense.
At the end of a very poor period, Weber expanded the space with 11 seconds to take part in the power play. He bounced the puck on the back of the Koskinen mask and scored. The goal was initially denied because the referees believed that Jeff Petrie was the reason for contacting Chef Coskinen. Head coach Claude Julian however successfully challenged the referees’ decision.
Alex Chiasson came within inches to reply for the Oilers before the end of the season, but he hit the post.
Allen Hubbs assisted on two more penalties in the third period. The former St. Louis Blues Canadians saw a shorthand goal in the second consecutive game, courtesy of Lehkonen, to go with a 7.45 clock.
Shore gave the Oilers a little consolation, eventually scoring in a pre-split shorthand.