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Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Handed two-game ban
Pezzetta was suspended for two games on Monday by the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head on Washington's T.J. Oshie.
Pezzetta has been periodically serving as a healthy scratch of late, so his suspension may not even impact the team's planned lineup against Minnesota and Philadelphia on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. With Pezzetta ineligible, Paul Byron will step back into the lineup after sitting out against the Capitals on Saturday.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Will have hearing Monday
Pezzetta, per the official Twitter account for the NHL Department of Player Safety, "will have a hearing (Monday) for an illegal check to the head on Washington's T.J. Oshie."
Pezzetta will be forced to meet with the league after a high elbow to Oshie in the third period of Saturday's loss to the Capitals. He was given a minor penalty on the play but could face additional punishment if the Department of Player Safety sees fit.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Back at it
Pezzetta (upper body) will draw back into the lineup for Saturday's game versus Toronto, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pezzetta will presumably draw into a fourth-line role following his six-game absence. He's collected eight points while averaging 7:45 of ice time through 44 contests this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Not ready to return
Pezzetta (upper body) won't play Saturday versus the Lightning, Patrick Friolet of RDS reports.
Pezzetta will miss his fourth straight game with the injury, and there's been no specific information regarding his timeline to return. The 24-year-old is likely to be out indefinitely until the Canadiens provide an update on his status.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Out Thursday
Pezzetta (upper body) will not play Thursday against Carolina, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Pezzetta will miss his third consecutive game Thursday. As of now, the 24-year-old can be considered out indefinitely as there's no timetable for his return. He has just two points over his last 19 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Unavailable Tuesday
Pezzetta (upper body) will not play Tuesday against the Panthers.
Pezzetta will miss his second straight game Tuesday and it's unclear if he's traveling with the team to either of the next two games in Carolina or Tampa Bay. The 24-year-old has eight points with a minus-7 rating through 44 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Won't travel with team
Pezzetta (upper body) won't travel to New Jersey with the Canadiens for Sunday's game, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Pezzetta will miss at least one game with the injury he suffered Saturday. Jesse Ylonen will likely enter the lineup in a fourth-line role to replace Pezzetta.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Exits with injury Saturday
Pezzetta (upper body) left Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs and won't return.
Pezzetta was injured in the second period and was visibly frustrated on his way to the locker room. The 24-year-old's status should be updated prior to Sunday's game versus the Devils.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Pockets first tally since January
Pezzetta scored a goal on one shot and dished out seven hits over 5:42 of ice time in Saturday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Kraken.
Pezzetta got the Canadiens on the board in the first period when he banged home a feed from Jake Evans while falling down in front of Philipp Grubauer. That the goal lacked hockey art was typical of Pezzetta's play since the Habs called him up last November. It was his fifth goal of the season and first since Jan. 20, a span of 19 games which includes seven healthy scratches. The seven hits give the fourth-line grinder 106 checks over 37 games despite his modest average of 7:46 TOI.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Rejoins lineup
Pezzetta had two shots over 5:40 of ice time in Thursday's 5-4 overtime victory in Calgary.
Pezzetta returned to the lineup after a one-game healthy scratch, serving as a fourth-line winger while Mathieu Perreault took a seat in the press box. Pezzetta's value is in the energy he brings nightly, but the career minor-leaguer is not much of a fantasy asset if he's not doling out body checks. He entered the game with 17 hits over his last five games and is fifth on the team with 97 over 35 games while averaging a mere 7:52 of ice time.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Fills in for Armia
Pezzetta had one shot and four hits over 9:19 of ice time in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win over the Islanders.
Pezzetta, who had been a healthy scratch for the five games since Montreal returned from the All-Star break, was back in the lineup with Joel Armia (face) unavailable. The fourth-line winger relished the role by logging another four hits, giving him 87 thumps over 31 games, but he also figured prominently in Montreal's first goal. He worked behind the New York goal to free a puck, then positioned himself in front of Ilya Sorokin while occupying a defenseman, which enabled Jeff Petry's shot from the point that got past the goalie. It's exactly the type of sequence the career minor-leaguer needs to show coaches if he wants to stay out of the AHL.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Relishes pugnacious role
Pezzetta racked up 17 PIM in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Oilers.
Pezzetta, who has embraced the scrapper role on the Canadiens, got into it with Zack Kassian late in the third period. Kassian had run goalie Samuel Montembeault in the second period without consequence from the Habs at that time. Pezzetta wanted Kassian to pay for it and was assessed a fighting major along with a two-minute instigator penalty and a game misconduct. The career minor leaguer has 31 PIM over the last three games and easily leads Montreal with 68 minutes in the box, nearly twice as many as the next Hab, Josh Anderson (37 PIM). It's unclear if Pezzetta will remain active with Montreal expected to add Brendan Gallagher (lower body) and Paul Byron (hip) to the lineup Sunday against Columbus. What is certain is if the Canadiens continue to submit lackluster efforts, as they did Saturday, there will be plenty of opportunities for Pezzetta to "ignite" the troops with a well-timed skirmish.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Gets physical in loss
Pezzetta added four hits and 14 PIM in an 8-2 loss to the Wild on Monday.
Pezzetta could not help Montreal catch up to the Wild in this one, but he did at least make sure Minnesota's players would be feeling it the next morning. He's gladly taken on a role as agitator and has 51 PIM through 27 games. The rookie right winger had three goals in his previous five games, though he only had one goal in the other 21.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Goals in consecutive games
Pezzetta scored a goal on two shots and added three hits in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Pezzetta has scored in three of his last four games despite not logging more than 12:13 of ice time in an appearance this season. The 23-year-old forward is up to four goals, two assists, 27 shots on net, 72 hits, 37 PIM and a minus-5 rating. The more he scores, the stronger case he makes to remain in the lineup even once the Canadiens get some forward back from injured reserve and the COVID-19 protocols.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Scores in win
Pezzetta netted a goal in a 5-3 win over the Stars on Tuesday.
Pezzetta would not be left out of the slugfest Tuesday, scoring his third goal of the season less than 30 seconds after Christian Dvorak opened scoring in the second period. The 23-year-old has goals in two of his last three games after not having scored in his previous 14 contests.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Nets goal in loss
Pezzetta scored a goal and added two PIM and three hits in a 5-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday.
Pezzetta stuffed the stat sheet in his return from COVID-19 protocols Wednesday, scoring his first goal since Nov. 14 against these same Bruins. The rookie center, who's playing wing on the fourth line, now has two goals through 22 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Out of protocols
Pezzetta (COVID-19 protocols) has cleared the NHL's protocols and returned to practice Tuesday, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
It seems the Habs are finally starting to come out of their COVID-19 outbreak with both Pezzetta and Jeff Petry returning to practice. Still, the club has a number of injured players including Josh Anderson (upper body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body) and Paul Byron (hip), which means the 23-year-old Pezzetta could be a mainstay in the lineup for the time being.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Enters COVID-19 protocols
Pezzetta was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Wednesday.
The Canadiens have more players out due to protocols or injuries than they have available at this point. Pezzetta will need to return two negative tests before he's eligible to return. The Canadiens aren't scheduled to play until Jan. 12 versus the Bruins, but the scope of their current outbreak may put that contest in danger.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Back on scoresheet
Pezzetta had an assist on two shots, five hits and four PIM in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Lightning.
Pezzetta did the heavy lifting on the Canadiens' first goal. He went hard to the cage, retrieved a rebound behind the net and backhanded a pass to a wide-open Lukas Vejdemo who gave the visitors a 1-0 lead. The point snapped an 11-game drought for Pezzetta, who has been up with Montreal since early November, primarily skating on the fourth line. Pezzetta should stick around for the team's next two scheduled games, road contests Thursday against the Hurricanes and Saturday against the Panthers. Beyond that, several home games have been postponed, and the Habs will resume play Jan. 12 in Boston.... See More ... See Less
Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta: Has first NHL fight
Pezzetta had a five-minute fighting penalty in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
Pezzetta, recently called up from AHL Laval, engaged in his first NHL fight when he challenged Ryan Reaves, the league's de facto heavyweight champ, and lost. It's unclear if the 23-year-old forward was trying to get the Canadiens fired up, but the Rangers scored just 28 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead. Pezzetta has 17 PIM in eight games since being called up from Laval.... See More ... See Less
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