Habs Dominate Flames

This Tuesday night’s hockey game had all the makings of a boring game and while it was fun to watch the Habs dominate a game, the game was still quite boring. Calgary spent much of the first period blocking shots as Montreal dominated the period yet returned to the locker room down in shots on net. Fortunately, the score went with the time of possession as Shaw was able to bury after Andrighetto used his speed to get the Flames defenders out of position. Montreal started the second playing some undisciplined hockey but were able to extend their lead anyways as Plekanec caught a break and then put home a weak one between Chad Johnson’s legs. The Habs then got a power play and Beaulieu made a spectacular pass across to Radulov who made it 3-0 heading to the third period with Calgary not challenging Carey Price all that much, even on a 5-on-3. The third was much of the same with eventually created a broken play for Daniel Carr to put one home and really put the game away. Radulov scored his second power play marker late in the third on a nice rush to the net. Calgary responded with a second left on a play that Weber likely completes properly if the score is not 5-0. This was the sort of effort you want to see from the Habs when facing a team that is rapidly falling down the standings. The sort of game where the Habs put a team away early, roll four lines and allow Price to make some saves with little to no pressure.

Observations

1. Philip Danault played a beast of a first period which created a ton of momentum for the Habs. He was not able to finish off the plays he created, but his ability to place the opposition defenders is bad spots created space for his line mates. He’s really making a case to remain in the top 6 discussion even after all the injuries return to the lineup.

2. Sven Andrighetto also played a strong game, as has been the case recently. His problem, much like Beaulieu, remains consistency but if he can continue to play this way, he could be an interesting gamble for another team as a trade deadline chip. Feels funny to say that Andrighetto playing his way out of Montreal might be the best thing for both the player and the team.

3. For a power play that receives many complaints on social media, the Habs power play is clicking lately. Make that another two with the extra man on three occasions tonight and while it’s not always pretty, it has been effective and making a positive difference. Add to that a shorty by Plekanec and the special teams played a big role for Montreal on this night.

Last game before the All-Star break is on Thursday against the New York Islanders. Puck drop is at 7pm.

Thanks for reading,

Kevin Léveillé

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