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Martin St. Louis Makes an Unprecedented Decision With the Canadiens Goalies: the End of the Dreaded Goalie Rotation Has Come

Published December 7, 2023 at 10:50
BY AARON

In a significant move, Montreal Canadiens head coach has decided to start goaltender Samuel Montembeault for the second consecutive game, marking the first time in the last 20 games that a goalie has been given back-to-back starts.

This decision is excellent news for the team, as the 27-year-old Quebec native has undoubtedly been the team's best goalie for several weeks. However, this shift away from the three-goalie rotation means reduced playing time for Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau, who now seem to be behind Montembeault in the team's goalie hierarchy.

Despite what could be seen as a setback for the 33-year-old veteran, Jake Allen displayed professionalism when commenting on the situation. Instead of expressing disappointment, the former St. Louis Blues goalie praised Montembeault, acknowledging that he deserved more starts.

Samuel Montembeault will get a second straight start against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.


Jake Allen: "He deserves to play. He's been one of the best goalies in the league for the past three weeks. I'll get my chance, and so will Cayden."

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Allen's response highlights the respectful relationship between the two goalies and speaks volumes about his character. It's rare to see a goaltender with over 400 NHL games react in such a manner, but it's a testament to Allen's integrity.

Even as Montembeault is emerging as the Canadiens' primary goaltender, Allen chose to compliment him, acknowledging his recent performance as one of the best in the league.

Kudos to Jake Allen for his sportsmanship and class!

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