To say that the Montreal Canadiens have turned their season around since the coaching change, which brought Martin St-Louis behind the bench, would be an understatement. Last night, they were on the road facing the red hot Calgary Flames, who were trying to go for a franchise record of 12 consecutive wins. Depending on who you listen to, either the Flames took the Canadiens lightly and played a bad game, or they got out-performed by a faster team who wanted it more. Either way, the Habs came out of that game with a 5-4 win in overtime.
Ben Chiarot – The Flames are rumoured to be one of the teams interested in acquiring Chiarot before the NHL trade deadline of March 21st. They got to see a pretty sample of what he’s all about. He led both teams in ice time (24:49 minutes) and managed two goals – including the OT winner – and added an assist, finishing with a plus -2 differential.
Nick Suzuki – With Jake Evans leaving the game in the second period and not returning, Suzuki finished the night with 23:51 minutes of total ice time, including 5:41 minutes on the power play. He ended the night with one goal and two assists for three points, and had a team-leading six shots on net.
Mike Hoffman – I don’t know what this guy did to the Montreal media but they don’t seem to like him. It is particularly true for François Gagnon of RDS who will point out every mistake he makes. Hoffman has played well for the Canadiens this season and he managed four points (1G-3A) last night and no one talks about him.
Andrew Hammond – The Hamburglar is 3-0 since joining the Canadiens and few gave him any chance of beating the powerful Flames last night. He did look more awkward than in his first two games, but he also made some pretty outstanding saves out there, stopping 30 of the 34 shots that he faced.
Brendan Gallagher – It such a tough season for Gally and as we should expect, it’s not from a lack of effort or will to get in the dirty areas. He was in Jacob Markstrom’s kitchen all night and the Flames’ goalie lost his temper a few times because of it. He finished the night with four shots on goal in 17:42 of ice time.
Some people will point out to two icings in the third period which resulted in the Flames tying the game late in the third period. The first one, he was almost at the red line and the call could have gone either way. The second, the players were tired and he made sure to get the puck out of the zone, the right play.
Rem Pitlick – What an amazing waiver pick up that guy is proving to be. Fast, solid on his skates, he created havoc for the Flames’ defense all night. He was rewarded at the end when he fed a saucer pass to Chiarot for the overtime winning goal.
- Ryan Poehling was 70% (7/10) in the faceoff dot.
- Jake Evans left the game in the second period and did not return.
- Laurent Dauphin finished the night with 17:58 minutes of ice time, his second highest total this season.
- Jeff Petry’s goal was his seventh point in his last eight games. He had two assists in the first 28 games of this season.
- Not counting Evans (injured), Michael Pezzetta (5:40) and Joel Armia (8:32) were the least utilized by Martin St-Louis.
SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH
MONTREAL at EDMONTON
7:00 PM ET
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