Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Scherbak
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Froese – L. Shaw
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Schlemko
Morrow – Benn
Jacob De La Rose, Daniel Carr, Jakub Jerabek
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Phillip Danault – concussion, Andrew Shaw – lower-body
So the Canadiens went 2-0 on Super Bowl weekend! Bell Centre fans went home happy and the rancor on social media was tamped down temporarily.
The pair of wins may come back to hurt the Canadiens on June 22nd, but as they say, fans are not rational. And are not very good at delayed gratification.
So let’s savor this victory and highlight some standout performances.
First and foremost, it was good to see Artturi Lehkonen get rewarded with two goals and a first star. Lehkonen is one of the hardest workers on the team, every night. He goes to the net, is the Habs’ best forechecker and consistently creates scoring chances for others.
Those contributions may go unnoticed particularly on a team that struggles to finish their chances.
Speaking of unheralded players, there’s Tomas Plekanec. The veteran centre is one of the very best in the league at shutting down opposition threats. It is a role he has been asked to play by multiple coaches.
Playing the role against an opponent’s most talented offensive players comes with considerable sacrifice to his own offense. But with an assist on Lehkonen’s second goal, Plekanec tallied point number 600 (230 goals, 370 assists) with the Montreal Canadiens. That’s 13th on the Canadiens all-time scoring list.
With a third period goal, Plekanec is now at 601 points, just 11 back of Mats Naslund for twelfth place.
And then there was the weekend performance by Nikita Scherbak. The 22-year-old looked comfortable in an offensive role alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin picking up points in both games since his recall from Laval.
Lastly, a stick tap to Jeff Petry who scored his third power-play goal of the weekend. Petry was a big part of the Canadiens going 5-for-10 on the man advantage during the Saturday and Sunday matinees.
▲ Artturi Lehkonen, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Jeff Petry, Nikita Scherbak, Alex Galchenyuk, Victor Mete
▼ Logan Shaw, David Schlemko