Max Pacioretty and gang take out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 at the Bell Centre, and just like that, the Canadiens find themselves in the midst of yet another win streak, this time at three games and counting. To quote the late, great Jackie Gleason: “How sweet it is!”
Montreal just hasn’t found themselves in dire straights for any length of time all season, and with less than a month left in the season, it ain’t gonna happen. Different guys helping on out on different nights is the mark of an excellent squad, and yes, my heart is soaring like Superman heading over to Lois Lane’s apartment for wine and Barry White tunes.
The beat goes on, and guys we needed to pick it up a notch did just that, with Max scoring a couple and David Desharnais skating miles. Maybe we can now check these two off as getting things done once again, and if the planets are lined up as they should, Max’s mini-slump can be put to bed and it’s full steam ahead for this key guy whom we need key things from.
I was proud of David Desharnais. People have been on his case, said he didn’t have it anymore, but on this night he did and becomes part of a fine list of guys going good with just thirteen games left in the regular season. The positives are just oozing from my two-fingered typing.
Let’s see, who’s next? How about it being Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk’s turn on Wednesday in the City of Brotherly Love?
Carolina opened the scoring in the first, but Andrei Markov, on the power play, (from P.K. and Gallagher) tied it and the team never looked back. Jeff Halpern, with his first of the year, scored what proved to be the winner, and Max in the third period banged home his own rebound and then scored on the empty net.
Colby Armstrong is feeling the effects of a knee-on-knee with Patrick Dwyer in the third period and things didn’t look good as he was helped off. Whether or not it was intentional, who knows? But it was the kind of thing that causes serious worry and often serious games-missed. Hopefully Colby is fine and enjoyed the win with his buddies afterward.
The Canadiens outshot Carolina 29-19, and Carey Price came up big when he had to.
Nathan Beaulieu recorded his first NHL point, assisting on Halpern’s marker. Beaulieu in his two games has done a fine job.
Beaulieu, Subban, Gallagher, Bouillon, Brian Gionta, and Tomas Plekanec all had helpers.
Next up – Habs travel to Philly to battle the Flyers on Wednesday. What a misnomer – the City of Brotherly Love.
Time to stretch the three-game streak to four.