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In the Habs' Room: Limping Jeff Petry a liability against Bruins – Montreal Gazette

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“There’s a lot of injuries piling up (and) it’s frustrating,” the defenceman said. “But the 20 guys who are in the lineup every night have to compete, show up and play whether it’s our full roster or not.”

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The Canadiens turned in a valiant effort for two periods in Boston on Sunday, but the reality is they didn’t come close to the level they needed to beat the Bruins.

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Goaltender Samuel Montembeault weathered a 20-shot barrage in the second period to give Montreal a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes, but the Bruins scored three goals in the first half of the third period and cruised a to 5-2 victory at TD Garden.

The second period has been a problem for the Canadiens all season and, while each team scored a goal in the second period Sunday, the momentum was clearly on Boston’s side going into the third period.

Defenceman Jeff Petry said Montreal had trouble dealing with the long change in the middle period.

“That second period we were turning pucks over and they were able to throw two or three lines out there against the same line we had going;” Petry said. “We’ve talked about it and we have really have to clean up that part of the game.”

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Petry is not having a good year and that could be because he is playing through injuries, and he is being asked to to play a larger role in the absence of Shea Weber and his partner from last season, Joel Edmundson.

He was a factor as the Bruins scored twice to go ahead 3-2.

He took a penalty for holding David Pastrnak early in the third period and, 49 seconds later, defenceman Charlie McAvoy tied the game with his second goal of the contest.

The Bruins went ahead at 5:58 when Petry attempted to steer a rebound to the corner and it caromed in off Charlie Coyle’s visor.

“That’s something we’re taught when the rebound comes out, don’t throw it up the middle, but to throw it to the corner. But it hit him in the visor and bounces in,” Petry said.

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Montembeault, who stopped 36 of 40 shots, was playing because Jake Allen suffered a concussion Saturday in a 3-2 overtime loss in Detroit. Mike Hoffman also suffered an injury in that game and they joined a list that includes Edmundson, Jonathan Drouin, Cédric Paquette, Mathieu Perreault, Paul Byron and Carey Price.

“There’s a lot of injuries piling up (and) it’s frustrating,” Petry said. “But the 20 guys who are in the lineup every night have to compete, show up and play whether it’s our full roster or not. It’s our responsibility to find it within ourselves.”

One player who has taken advantage of the opportunity to play is Michael Pezzetta. He had an assist Saturday for his first NHL point and scored his first goal Sunday.

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“I’m just trying to build my game,” Pezzetta said. “I think I belong jn this league. I know I can help this team and it’s a matter of doing  it every night.”

On Saturday, the Canadiens salvaged a point when they tied Detroit in the third period before losing in overtime. It was a costly defeat because Allen left the game late in the first period after a collision in the crease with the Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin. Allen was diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely.

Montembeault was beaten on the first two shots he faced in Allen’s relief, but he settled down and stopped 22 shots before Larkin scored his second goal of the game in OT. Ryan Poehling opened the scoring for Montreal and Chris Wideman tied the game in the third period.  Artturi Lehkonen was lying on the ice along the end boards when he set up Wideman with a blind pass.

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  1. Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry (26) defends Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during the second period at TD Garden in Boston on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021.

    McAvoy, Coyle lead Bruins to 5-2 win over Canadiens

  2. Red Wings goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic makes a save in front of defenceman Marc Staal (18) and Canadiens' Artturi Lehkonen (62) at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Nov.  13, 2021.

    In the Habs’ Room: Montreal now a little thin in net after Jake Allen injured

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Athletics-Olympic decathlon champion Warner named Canada’s top athlete

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Damian Warner, who won decathlon gold at this year’s Tokyo Olympics, was voted Canada‘s athlete of the year on Wednesday.

Warner reached the pinnacle of his sport in Tokyo where he led the men’s decathlon from start to finish with an Olympic record score of 9,018 points and went on to carry Canada‘s flag at the closing ceremony.

The pool of finalists for the award, which is voted on by a panel of journalists from across Canada, was considered to be one of the strongest in the award’s 85-year history.

Warner was among 24 athletes nominated by the committee and advanced to the final round along with soccer players Alphonso Davies and Stephanie Labbe, sprinter Andre De Grasse, swimmer Maggie Mac Neil, MLB’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the NHL‘s Connor McDavid.

 

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Canada to join allies in diplomatic boycott of Winter Games -Trudeau

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Canada will join its allies in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to send China a message over its human rights record, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday.

Australia and Britain will join the diplomatic boycott, their prime ministers said on Wednesday, as other allies weighed similar moves to protest at China’s human rights record..

President Joe Biden’s administration cited what the United States calls genocide against minority Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region. China denies all rights abuses.

“Many partners around the world are extremely concerned by the repeated human rights violations by the Chinese government. That’s why we are announcing today that we will not be sending any diplomatic representation to the Beijing Olympics,” Trudeau told reporters.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren, Editing by Mark Heinrich by Alistair Bell and David Gregorio)

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Trudeau announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics – CBC News

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canada will launch a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

No federal government officials will attend the games. Canadian athletes will still be allowed to compete.

The U.S., U.K. and Australia already have announced they won’t send official delegations to the games — a collective attempt to send a message to China that its human rights abuses have not gone unnoticed.

Speaking to reporters on Parliament Hill, Trudeau said the government is “extremely concerned” by the “repeated human rights violations carried out by the Chinese government.” He said Canada will show its displeasure with the communist regime by withholding the delegates that normally would attend high-profile events like the opening and closing ceremonies.

Asked if he was anticipating any blowback from Beijing for snubbing China as it prepares to host the world, Trudeau said “this should not come as a surprise” to the regime.

“For months, we have been coordinating and discussing the issue with our allies,” he said.

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Trudeau tells a press conference in Ottawa that Canada will join other countries in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games in response to China’s human rights violations against the Uyghur community. 0:55

MPs, senators and civil society groups have been pushing the Trudeau government to hold China accountable for its crackdown on democratic rights in Hong Kong and the ongoing abuse of the Uyghur Muslim minority.

Earlier this year, the House of Commons passed a motion branding the violence directed at religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.” That motion followed a Commons subcommittee report that found China persecutes its Muslim minority through mass detention in concentration camps, forced labour, state surveillance and population control measures — policies the report said are designed to “eradicate Uyghur culture and religion.”

In the motion, MPs also called on the federal government to use its influence to pressure the International Olympic Committee to move the games out of China “if the Chinese government continues this genocide.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Wednesday his party’s push to relocate the games got “no traction with Mr. Trudeau” and a diplomatic boycott is the next best thing.

While he said he’s horrified by reports of violence in Xinjiang, O’Toole said a full boycott would be unfair to Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes who have trained so hard for the world’s premier sporting event.

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Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join other countries in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in 2022. 1:14

Trudeau agreed that Olympic athletes shouldn’t pay a price for China’s abuses. “They need to have one thing in mind and that’s representing the country to the best of their ability and winning a gold medal for Canada,” he said.

In a media statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) said it “understands and respects” the government’s decision and applauds the effort to “draw an important distinction between the participation of athletes and the participation of government officials.”

The last time Canada pursued a full boycott of the Olympics was in 1980, when Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau blocked athletes from participating in the summer games in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union’s military presence in Afghanistan.

Citing that 1980 move, the COC said “history has shown that athlete boycotts only hurt athletes without creating meaningful change.” The COC said the games will “create an important platform to draw attention” to ongoing issues in China.

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said the decision to pull diplomats and keep Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge and others at home was motivated by reports of abuse coming out of Xinjiang, an oil-rich territory in the country’s northwest.

“Clearly it is important for us to send a strong signal to China because we’re extremely concerned about allegations about the Uyghurs,” Joly said.

Joly said she has raised the possibility of a boycott with allies in nearly every meeting she’s had since being named foreign minister in October. She said she will travel to a G7 meeting in the U.K. this weekend to press other holdouts, such as France and Germany, to join the boycott.

“Canada has been playing a leadership role on this — this is in line with our foreign policy. Canada always stands up on questions of human rights,” she said.

A visitor rests near logos promoting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in Beijing on Sept. 25, 2021. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo)

Canada-Chinese relations soured after China detained two Canadians — Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig — in an apparent act of retribution for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s 2018 arrest on U.S. fraud charges. In September, the two men were freed by China’s communist regime after the legal dispute involving Meng was partly resolved by U.S. prosecutors.

The western world’s relationship with China has deteriorated over the past two years. China has been accused of covering up early COVID-19 outbreaks and of pushing World Health Organization (WHO) officials to praise its pandemic response rather than scrutinize its actions.

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