Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Game 60: Canadiens 5, Blues 2

Canadiens Express thoughts on tonight's game, a convincing 5-2 win over the Blues.

  • The mighty Blues, often held up as a Western power, don't seem like they're all that.  Sure, the big names are still there, the Top 6, but very quickly you get to the Jaden Schwartzes and the Marcel Goces and the Dmitrij Jaskins, and I'm not shaking in my boots anymore.
  • Steve Ott is such a jerk, a dirty player who should get 20-30 PIM's per game.
  • I wasn't crazy about Ryan Reaves punching Jarred Tinordi in his facemask either.
  • Surprised that they're paying Paul Stastny all that money to centre the third line.
  • I thought that Alex Galchenyuk playing his off-wing was a very short-term deal, until Devante Smith-Pelly joins the team and P.A. Parenteau is cleared to play again, but after a 2 goal, 3 point night, maybe Michel Therrien rides this horse for a while?...
  • I was glad to see Lars go for the net on Alex's second goal, right after Tomas won the break.  Jake Allen let the puck by from a sharp angle, and it seems that Lars and his counterpart being right in front of him may have played a part.
  • Dale Weise and Brandon Prust played a surprising game, with some hitting and forechecking sure, but also showing some skill and attempting some very nice passing plays.
  • Greg Pateryn and Jarred had relatively quiet nights, they got caught in their zone a couple of times, and Jarred committed an unnecessary icing, but overall they kept chopping wood and gave their team twelve minutes of good hockey.  Nice work boys.
  • The coaches managed to ease off on the minutes for P.K. and Andrei, they were kept under 25 minutes.  Tom Gilbert and Nathan Beaulieu actually got more ice time.
  • Max Pacioretty is a breakaway machine.  Always great to see him in flight.
  • I liked Brendan Gallagher's restrained, Cammalleri-esque goal celebration on the clinching powerplay goal late in the third.  No sense rubbing it in, act like you've been there before, all that good stuff.  Steve Ott, pay attention, learn yourself up some, son.
  • Michaël Bournival got an offsetting roughing penalty with Ryan Reaves.  Sure refs, Bourni was trying to goon the Blues enforcer, giving as much as he got.  Makes sense.  That wasn't a copout of a call at all.
  • Good to see Bourni score on a breakaway once out of the box, hope that gets him going a little bit, gives him a little more confidence.  It would be nice if he went on a run like he had out of training camp last season.
  • Is it inevitable that once everyone is mostly healthy, that Lars and Jacob de la Rose will centre the third and fourth lines, and Manny, as strong as he is on faceoffs (67% tonight), sits out?

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