It was a second period for the ages, and not in a good way for the Montreal Canadiens. For the second consecutive encounter the Maple Leafs embarrassed the Habs. It was Tomas Plekanec’s first game against the only team he’d ever known in his NHL career prior to these last couple weeks and some of the Canadiens players chose to honour the long-time Hab by saluting his trademark style.
It was going to be revenge night for someone at the Bell Centre with former Dallas Stars Antti Niemi and Jordie Benn meeting former Habs Alex Radulov and Greg Pateryn on Tuesday night. Brendan Gallagher continued his march towards 30 goals while Arturri Lehkonen had himself a multi-goal game and Scherbak got pretty in this Habs win.
It’s the 69th game of the season and the Habs were facing the BJs. But let’s be adults about that. Brendan Gallagher was taking it seriously, getting his career high 25th goal of the season. Jonathan Drouin would add a pretty one of his own, but in the end it was another road loss for your Montreal Canadiens.
CHUD took the spotlight this weekend in the Habs conversation, Antti Niemi continues to sing his redemetion song, and the Canadiens and Lightning needed extra time to decide things yet again this season. Meanwhile Jacob de le Rose and Artturi Lehkonen leave a little bit to be desired.
Well that was not a good game in the least. Max Pacioretty’s future team, the Florida Panthers, keep their playoff fight going with a convincing win over the Habs, while even the most optimistic of Habs fans would struggle to find much good in what happened Thursday night in the Sunshine State, unless of course you’re just watching to see how low the Habs can dive in the standings.
Sean and Zach fire up the pod machine to take a closer look at the NHL players poll in this one, plus Plekanec in Toronto, the next Habs captain, and a good dose of John Tavares talk. Bits include ‘The Best Player in the World’ and ‘The Positive Space.’
A 4-0 first period deficit put your Montreal Canadiens in a tough spot in New Jersey on Tuesday night and while they showed a little fight the rest of the way, the game was well out of hand by that point. This is Brendan Gallagher’s team now and the Habs are a team that are using the rest of the season to learn from games like this one.