The Montreal Canadiens didn’t precisely put collectively a flawless efficiency towards the Columbus Blue Jackets, however it was a far cry from their outing the earlier evening. Samuel Montembeault stored issues shut, and regardless of being on a back-to-back with journey, they turned in a strong third interval to win a sport that went scoreless for 40 minutes.
As that sport all however ended with an empty netter from Sean Monahan, all I may assume was how good it was of Kent Hughes to get Monahan, and a first-round decide, all for the worth of being prepared to take his contract.
It may appear odd to single out an empty-net objective scorer, however it was a fairly necessary contribution to the sport. Columbus was urgent, and who is aware of what occurs if he doesn’t get that turnover and fireplace a protracted distance shot. As stat-padding objectives go, it was at the very least one which required some ability and energy.
He was additionally among the finest forwards possession-wise for the Habs final evening, in a sport the place they have been largely out-possessed. Simply the truth that Martin St-Louis trusts him in late-game conditions just like the one through which he scored, speaks to how necessary he has develop into for this group at current.
Don’t look now, however even with out that objective, he’d be fourth in group scoring behind solely the trio of Kirby Dach, Nick Suzuki, and Cole Caufield. Now with 12 factors by means of 20 video games, he’s on tempo for round 50 factors, which might be his most because the 2018-19 season. He could by no means be the 80-plus level participant he as soon as was, however his worth is definitely a lot greater than it was when Hughes made that shrewd take care of Calgary.
It was a superb piece of enterprise from Kent Hughes, and when the commerce deadline rolls round, he’ll have an opportunity to parlay this newfound worth into one thing that accelerates the rebuild.
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