It’s no secret that the Montreal Canadiens have struggled with accidents, most notably shedding top-minute forwards like Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron for the previous 30 video games. With damage comes wrestle, and boy have the Habs struggled. Two eight-game shedding streaks have undoubtedly put them on the surface wanting in, however simply whenever you suppose they’re utterly down and out, a brand new pair of victors emerges. And it possible isn’t going to be who you suppose.
Nick Cousins opened the scoring final night time following a well-timed move by Dale Weise, whereas Ilya Kovalchuk continued to shine, leaving many people to ask, ‘what 12 months is it once more?’ Regardless, the Habs have been up 3-Zero heading into the primary intermission and the fourth line was making an early affect.
Sadly, the crew appeared to crumble through the second interval, permitting two objectives and so they have been merely unable to search out a solution for Vegas’ velocity. Cue the third interval and Cousins and Weise — once more.
These two appear to have discovered some chemistry, which helped propel the Habs to a much-needed 5-Four shootout win. Cousins even bought the nod from Claude Julien within the shootout itself.
Cousins and Weise had the bottom ice time of all Habs gamers for the night time, although Weise put his time to make use of with the 2 assists and in addition tossing out 4 hits. Now I’m not saying these two are going to be our saviours, nevertheless it positive is refreshing to see this crew meshing in addition to it’s regardless of dealing with some very legitimate adversity this season.
The nice information is that we’re already beginning to see the return of some injured gamers, with Joel Armia again within the lineup. Byron skated for the primary time yesterday and there’s hypothesis that Drouin is perhaps again round Tremendous Bowl Weekend. Till then, the Habs must hold plugging away and securing victories to remain within the playoff hunt, maybe persevering with to search out assist in uncommon locations.