About last night ... Canadiens romp to 10-1 win over Detroit
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Besides, what is there to say?
No fewer than 14 Canadiens got their names on the scoresheet.
The only ones who didn’t were Karl Alzner, Jeff Petry, David Schlemko and … Max Pacioretty!
But the captain and his increasingly comfortable linemates played a strong game — as did everyone in a red sweater.
The only disappointment?
Nicolas Deslauriers, who had a goal and an assist, did not complete a Gordie Howe hat-trick.
Other than that, near-perfection and absolute bliss.
The forward lines were uniformly excellent.
Jonathan Drouin needn’t rush the recovery from whatever ails him. Jacob De La Rose again looked solid between Alex Galchenyuk, who had four assists for the first time in his career, and the game’s First Star, Paul Byron, who bagged the first hat trick of his career.
The Tomas Plekanec-Charles Hudon-Brendan Gallagher line continued to shine. Hudon scored a career-first Bell Centre goal, and Gallagher’s was the 100th of his career.
And the D in front of Carey Price was superb.
Shea Weber returned to the lineup and was effectively teamed with Jordie Benn. Jeff Petry and Karl Alzner continue to develop excellent chemistry. And Schlemko and Victor Mete were each plus-5.
This hockey obsessed city can celebrate for a couple days. Then the schedule gets interesting.
St. Louis, a Western Conference powerhouse, visits Tuesday. Then the homestand concludes with games against Calgary, Edmonton and surprising New Jersey.
The win moved the Canadiens a point ahead of Boston, but the red-hot Bruins have four games in hand.
If they’re going to continue to recover from their early season woes —– it took the Canadiens six games to score the 10 goals they scored against Detroit — the Canadiens have to continue to pile up the points … particularly with the <a href="http://www.goldenknightsproshops.com/tomas-nosek-c-1_33.html">http://www.goldenknightsproshops.com/tomas-nosek-c-1_33.html</a> traditional Christmas road trip looming.
Can they do it?
We’ll get a better idea against the Blues.
• On this day in Habs’ History: In 1995, Patrick Roy was beaten for nine goals — by the Red Wings! — skated off the ice and demanded a trade.
• The Canadiens had not scored 10 since Dec. 10 last year against Colorado..
• Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on nine shots.
• Paul Byron and Nicolas Deslauriers scored with 32 seconds on Pater Mrazek. Thursday night in Detroit, Charles Hudon and Andrew Shaw scored in 43 seconds.
• Tomas Plekanec’s assist was his 593rd career point, tying Pleks with Dickie Moore for 13th in team history. But let’s get real here: Moore was the better goal-scorer.