The Canadian may have to do without Joel Armia’s services for some time. The post-hitting diagnosis the Finn received from Tyler Myers was unequivocal: Armia is suffering from a concussion.
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The news was announced by Claude Julien in the moments following his team’s brilliant 7-3 victory in Vancouver. Obviously, he did not hesitate to condemn the gesture of the Canucks defenseman.
“It’s a shoulder kick that seemed high. Armia never saw it coming. At 2 mins 28s from the end of the match, with a score of 6 to 3, was it really necessary? This is precisely the type of checking that we are trying to eliminate in the NHL, ”insisted the Canadiens coach.
“The referees reacted well by awarding him a major penalty. It remains to be seen what the league will do, ”he continued.
Obviously, the 6ft, 8in forecastle can expect a call from the Player Safety Department.
Byron, an uncertain case
The season is only a week old, but already the NHL has had to crack down on a few occasions for actions that, to varying degrees, were over the line. With streaks of two and three games against the same teams, the Canadiens coach would not be surprised to see this kind of blow occur more regularly than normal.
“When you play back-to-back games against the same team, there’s no doubt that there’s a rivalry that builds. What we saw this evening are things that we can expect to see quite often, ”said the Franco-Ontarian.
Armia is not the only player who could be absent in Saturday’s game against those same Canucks. Midway through the third period, Paul Byron was hit one foot by a powerful shot from Shea Weber. He was unable to complete the meeting. His condition will be reassessed daily.
Another good show
Those who accused the Canadiens of playing sleepy hockey in recent campaigns no longer have reason to complain. For the third time already, in five games, the Montrealers have scored at least five goals. Is the promotion of the five chicken wings still in effect during a pandemic?
After eight minutes of play, we wondered if we would not attend a festival of goals like the day before. Which would have added to the spectacle for the amateurs, but which would have given the coaches stomach ulcers.
“The quick four goals made it feel like Wednesday. When we returned to the locker room, we agreed that we had to tighten our defensive game and minimize penalties to limit the opponent’s scoring opportunities. We adapted better than the day before. It was a match a little more in our image, “rejoiced Julien.