About last night … Canadiens ground Jets 5-2

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher tries to break free as the Winnipeg Jet’ Bryan Little pins him to the boards during NHL game at the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 3, 2018. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

All the Canadiens were great … except Carey Price.

Because the renascent All-World goaltender didn’t have to be great.

The guys playing great in front of Price pounded the snot out of one of the best teams in the NHL. Thursday night’s losers weren’t the Anaheim Ducks.

Anyone see the whipping of Winnipeg coming?

In his postgame on-ice interview, Jonathan Drouin called the 5-2 stomping “our best game of the year.”

The Bell Centre crowd, which had lingered to hear Marc Denis chat up the game’s First Star, roared its approval.

There was much to roar about, as the Canadiens dominated what is arguably the best team in the NHL’s Western Conference.

Winnipeg scored the game’s first and last goals.

In between, they got killed.

In addition to their 53 shots on Connor Hellebuyck, the Canadiens had 23 blocked and 7 that missed the net.

Do the math: 83 shots in the direction of the Winnipeg net. The Jets’ totals were 34-17-5 for 56 in the direction of Price, who has won seven straight starts.

Drouin had the first four-point game of his career – while playing a newfound 200-foot game that Guy Carbonneau raved about on L’Antichambre.

His centre, Phillip Danault had a goal and three assists. Danault has points in four straight games.

Another stat: Four Canadiens – Danault, Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Victor Mete (!!!) were plus-4. Drouin was plus-3.

And Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored in his fourth straight game.

How many years have we lamented the Canadiens’ problems at the centre position?

Years? More like decades …

But it looks like the famine is over.

Danault, Kotkaniemi and Max Domi are playing great hockey.

And bubbling through the pipeline are Ryan Poehling and Nick Suzuki.

The D has been excellent. Mete increasingly looks like a plausible partner for Shea Weber. Jeff Petry and Mike Reilly are forging a fine partnership, Jordie Benn and the surprising Brett Kulak are a solid third pairing.

Yes, there are still a lot of games to play … starting with Toronto’s visit to the Bell Centre on Saturday.

If the Canadiens win, they will leapfrog the Leafs into second place in the Atlantic Division.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Savor a huge win … and spare some kind thoughts for  Marc Bergevin.

Anyone regret that the Canadiens general manager gave up D prospect Mikhail Sergachev for Jonathan Drouin?

Or Alex Galchenyuk for Max Domi?

Or Max Pacioretty for Tomas Tatar, Suuki and a second-round pick this summer?

Or a bag of pucks for Joel Armia?

Or – dare I suggest it – P.K. Subban for Shea Weber?

Could this team win a best-of-seven against Winnipeg?

It’s still highly unlikely we’ll find out soon.

But happy days are here again.

Источник: Montrealgazette.com

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