Stuart Skinner has a 0.913 SV% this season.
If the Oilers replaced Smith's last eight starts with a 0.913 SV% goaltender, they would have allowed 8 goals less. In just 9 games. Edmonton is repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot by choosing Smith over Skinner.
— Sid (@NHL_Sid) March 6, 2022
- Mike Smith appeared to have been hurt in the third. He took a Josh Anderson shot, swallowed it up, but was very slow moving.
- Evan Bouchard left the game after playing just 8 minutes. After the game, head coach Jay Woodcroft said it was some kind of a stomach bug.
What they’re saying…
Canadiens pile on the points with western swingThe Canadiens had two power-play goals and one shorthanded goal and received a strong performance from goaltender Sam Montembeault to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Saturday at Rogers Place.Montembeault, who gave up six goals in a 7-2 loss to the Oilers earlier this year at the Bell Centre, made 28 saves for the fourth win in his last five starts.It was Montreal’s third win in four games on their five-game road trip that winds up Wednesday in Vancouver.Montreal’s two smallest forwards — Cole Caufield and Brendan Gallagher — gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead in the first period.Caufield opened the scoring midway through the period when he took advantage of a failed clearing attempt by Markus Niemelainen. Caufield stopped the pass at the right point, took the puck to the slot and walked to his left before finding an opening on Mike Smith’s blocker side.The Montreal lead didn’t last long. Evander Kane tied the score 22 seconds later. He kept the puck in the Montreal zone and went to the slot to take a centring pass from Leon Draisaitl.Gallagher was in his office in front of the net when he scored a power-play goal with 38 seconds remaining in the period. It was the first goal in 19 games for Gallagher, whose last goal was on Nov. 24. Gallagher scored off a loose puck in front and his goal came seconds after Caufield was set up at the side of the net, but fanned on his shot.Montembeault, who gave up seven goals earlier in the week in Winnipeg, was solid. He stopped Andrew MacLeod and Kailer Yamamoto on breakaways. He also made a glove save on Draisaitl just after the buzzer ended the period.The situation room in Toronto kept busy in the second period as as it handled three coach’s challenges, none of which went Montreal’s way.The Canadiens challenged MacLeod’s goal early in the period for goaltender interference, but the review ruled Kale Clague pushed Zach Hyman into Montembeault. The Canadiens had a power-play goal by Nick Suzuki and a shorthanded goal by Laurent Dauphin erased by offsides. Suzuki wasn’t deterred by the ruling as he scored his 13th goal when play resumed after the decision.Caufield picked up an assist on the goal and he has seven goals and eight assists in 11 games since Martin St. Louis took over as head coach.