Kotkaniemi did not make the trip with the team to New York CIty, where the Habs will face the New York Rangers Friday night.
Thompson scored off a pass from Nick Cousins to end a 12-game goal drought. Tonight, number 13 played exactly the same amount of minutes as Brendan Gallagher and took 4 shots on goal just like him but his level of effort just wasn't the same.
Goaltender Carey Price was sharp in the first, turning aside all eight shots he faced, including a couple of late-period tries from the Rangers as time ran out.
"We did a good job on our side of the puck, especially since we were in a back-to-back situation", Price said. "It's all about commitment and we have to stick with that".
Brendan Smith scored for the Rangers. He will square off against Alexandar Georgiev. It was far different from the November 23 meeting at the Bell Centre, which saw the Rangers rally from a 4-0 deficit to beat the Canadiens 6-5.
"It was two teams that looked like they played last night", David Quinn said. "I got on my horse and went to the back of the net and he made a good play, and the puck went right to me and I slammed it home".
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Otto Leskinen received a passing grade for his work in a limited role in his National Hockey League debut Thursday, but the Rangers tied the game early in the second period after the Finn turned the puck over and provided Brendan Smith with a breakaway.
When the teams met in Montreal on November 23, they played an instant classic.
In his post game comments, Claude Julien declined to talk about Max Domi's performance tonight, saying he'd rather talk about the win but I feel Domi's showing should still be discussed. "It was something minor, we got it taken care of, but the pain was still there", said Landeskog, who had previously been skating in practices with a non- jersey on. The Canadiens did give up a short-handed goal, which proved to be the victor, but the power play went 1-for-3, while Colorado went 0-for-3 with the extra man.
Landeskog had three goals and seven points through 11 games before the injury. We certainly believe so, but we'll let you - and the NHL Department of Player Safety - be the judge. "It was a huge game for us".
Footnotes. Avs defenseman Mark Barberio, a Montreal native, replaced Calle Rosen in the lineup for his eighth game of the season.