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COL@MTL: Postgame

A late push can't put the Habs past the Avalanche

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Steven Nechay @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens nearly climbed back from a 3-0 hole on Thursday, but ended a goal short to the Colorado Avalanche.

The night was nevertheless a special one for Cayden Primeau, who hit the ice at the Bell Centre for his first NHL start.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: 𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞(𝐚𝐮) 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞.#GoHabsGo | @cpreems29 pic.twitter.com/L6sizAO2Np

Parents Keith and Lisa Primeau were likewise on-hand in Montreal to cheer on their son.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Keith & Lisa Primeau ont fait le voyage pour encourager leur fils.Keith and Lisa Primeau are in the house to cheer on Cayden tonight. 👪#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/esscmkt7dM

Colorado beat the first-time NHLer 6:13 into the opening frame, burying a loose puck in the crease to give the visitors the lead.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog doubled the score for the Avalanche six minutes later, in a busy first period for Primeau. The seventh round pick from 2017 faced 14 shots through 20 minutes.

Forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi meanwhile left the game with an upper body injury following his first shift, and would not return.

Near the midway mark of the second period, Colorado forwards J.T. Compher and Matt Calvert took advantage of a shorthanded two-on-one to make it 3-0.

The Habs have allowed three goals this season while on the power play.

Brendan Gallagher got Montreal on the board with 2:18 to go in the middle frame. 

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: GALLAGHER!COL 3-1 MTL#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/aJXN5khRjT

It was his second tally in as many games, and his 12th of the season.

Colorado led 28-23 in the shot column after 40.

A third period power play opportunity allowed the Habs to pull within one. Nick Cousins scored his third of the season with an assist from Max Domi.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Et on a un match! And we have a game!#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/Cz8GkXsyZr

But that's as close as the Canadiens would get.

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