OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1 (Dec. 3, 2017)

Dec 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

“Explosive” is hardly an adjective that anyone would attach to any description of the Canadiens offense and yet…….

On Thursday in Detroit the Canadiens got two goals in 33 seconds to come from behind to take a 2-1 lead and went on to score five in a row.

Saturday night the first two goals were scored 32 seconds apart and the piled on eight in a row before the Wings ended Carey Price’s shutout bid.

In the 10-1 beatdown, 15 of the 18 Canadiens skaters earned at least a point. Five of them had three points or more. Alex Galchenyuk and Jacob de la Rose each recorded their first career four point games.

Paul Byron had his first career hattrick.

Defenseman David Schlemko and Victor Mete were each plus-5 for the first time in their careers.

And Brendan Gallgher scored his 100th career goal.

WHAT’S GOING ON

A lot of credit for the Canadiens  turning a four game losing streak into a five game winning streak naturally goes to the return of Carey Price. But after a brilliant first period in Detroit Thursday, the Canadiens skaters took over and Price hardly saw the puck for the last five periods.  Or perhaps better put, he had a clean view of almost every shot Detroit put on him this week. That is an indication of a team that, while probably inspired by the return of it’s goaltender, has also re-discovered it’s own mojo. Over the five game win streak they’ve outscored their opposition 24-6.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Paul Byron is famous for his efficiency. He took four shots on goal. Three of them wound up in the back of the net.

Byron has a total of nine goals on 45 shots this season, meaning he is scoring on 20 percent of his shots. He also has more goals than Max Pacioretty’s eight and the Captain has already recorded 117 shots.

ROLE CHANGE

Jacob de la Rose appeared to be pigeonholed as a fourth liner with little hope making any kind of offensive contribution. It’s why almost all were surprised, or maybe the better word is shocked that Claude Julien would make him Jonathan Drouin’s replacement on the top line. With the leash taken away, de la Rose responded with as assist on Galchenyuk’s winning goal Thursday and added a goal and two assists Saturday. The de la Rose/Galchenyuk/Byron line combined fo 4 goals and 10 points Saturday night – five goals and 12 points over two.

ALL IN

Even the Canadiens fourth line scored two goals. For what it’s worth Nicolas Deslaurier’s game winning goal was thanks to some hard work along the boards from linemates Daniel Carr and Byron Froese.

Carr with a goal and two assists and Froese had two assistss. Like everything else in this game, an unexpectedly productive night.

THE BLUELINE

David Schlemko is plus-7 in only three games with the Canadiens. He was paired with Victor Mete who, along with Schlemko  was was plus-5.  Mete  led both teams with 6 blocked shots in 16:58 ice time.

The Petry/Alzner pairing was right up to it’s recent high standard.

I thought Shea Weber showed a little rust early in the game after missing those six games, but still no real issues alongside Jordie Benn.

MOVING ON

Next up, the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday followed by Calgary and Edmonton on Thursday and Saturday. The win jumped the Canadiens back into third place in the Atlantic Division a point ahead of Boston. The Bruins still have four games in hand.

ON THIS DAY

It was 22 years ago to the day that the Red Wings came into Montreal and scored 11 goals on the Canadiens. Nine of those goals on Patrick Roy who never played a game for the team again.

This was the Canadiens 28th game of the season. In their 28th game last season the Canadiens defeated the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 at the Bell Centre with Max Pacioretty scoring four goals.

2 Comments to “OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1 (Dec. 3, 2017)”

  1. Ned Stark says:

    Great effort all around tonight. Kudos to Byron for picking up a “shooters” stick tonite in grabbing his 1st career hat trick. Game should have been a shutout for Price as loose puck knocked in by a HABS player. However, Alzner on the Wings rush took himself out of the play by riding off one of the wingers towards the board allowing the puck carrier to move in closer and get his shot off. We’re into the 20’s of games played and I still haven’t seen a good game out him all season.

    Glad to see the 4th line have some fun and get on the scorecard with 2 real nice goals. Welcome back Daniel Carr!

  2. Bay_Bye says:

    and the captain had ZERO POINTS…..

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