About 20 Michigan players formed a circle and locked their arms together during the national anthem.

Strong winds and heavy rain affected the game in the third quarter, making it even more difficult for the offensively challenged teams to move the ball.

“It was different,” O’Korn said. “There was one point where there was a torrential downpour, but there’s no excuses.”

Michigan State kept its top running back, Scott, out of the game. He was on the sideline in uniform, but didn’t have his helmet on.

“We felt he could have played, but couldn’t risk having him out a couple weeks,” Dantonio said.

“I try to shoot and the puck seems to go in right now,” Zibanejad said. “I just am trying to place myself in a good spot out there and the guys are finding me and the puck seems to be going in. That’s just the mentality. You just have to keep shooting when you are hot, I guess.”

Vigneault was all praises for the way Zibanejad — signed to a five-year, $26.75 million deal in the offseason — has been playing at the start of the season.

“There is no doubt that Mika knew that we put a lot of faith into his play, we signed him to a long-term deal and we expected him to be an impact player on our team,” the coach said. “The way he started is the way he has to continue. He has to continue to be a force on the ice, a difference-maker.”

Carey Price finished with 23 saves for the Cheap Discount Jerseys Canadiens, who Cheap Jerseys World have lost two straight after a shootout win at Buffalo in their opener.

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