GAME OF THE YEAR – Nashville-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) Feb. 10, 2018

Feb 11th, 2018 | By | Category: Canadiens, Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

If you can’t be good, at least don’t be dull. Especially don’t be dull in front of your own fans.

And the Canadiens have been anything but boring in their last three home games even knowing that their season is a failure destined to end in Toronto April 7th.

You can carp about the Canadiens long-standing inability to capitalize on their scoring chances but it’s impossible to question their effort against Nashville Saturday night.

Maybe it was the P.K. Subban that fired them up. Whatever, the Canadiens played well over their heads, scored late to force overtime, outshot the Predators 10-2 in the overtime before losing in the shootout. As noted, the Canadiens again didn’t win but in losing they put on a hometown show.


The Canadiens farm system has come in for legitimate criticism in recent years for it’s lack of production but there is a glimmering of hope. It’s only three games but I’m beginning to sense that Nikita Scherbak has seen his last game as a member of the Laval Rocket. Scherbak was not only the best player on what usually is called the Canadiens number one line, he may have been the best player in the game. His team-leading four shots on goal were all Grade-A scoring chances. But it wasn’t offense that caught my eye, it was his backcheck to break up the Ryan Johansen-Filip Forsberg 2-on-1 while his linemates Jonathan Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk were out of sight that spoke volumes about his NHL readiness.


The Laval coaching staff may be able to take some credit for Scherbak, they can’t for Artturi Lehkonen. If you believe in things like the sophomore jinx Lehkonen is a walking, skating example. Lehkonen came into the NHL directly from Finland last season and scored 18 goals. His second season has been a disappointment, damaged by a long stint on the injury list. Lehkonen came into the Nashville game with 3 goals his last two games. He assisted on both Canadiens goals. We mentioned after the game in Philadelphia that his game has finally come together. Better late, as they say. And another bright spot for the future.



….Victor Mete is another of the up-and-comers. No complaints about his game either. He was on the ice for Nashville’s first goal but it was the veteran David Schlemko who seemed mesmerized as Scott Hartnall poked the puck past Carey Price. Jordie Benn was similarly guilty on the Predators second goal.

….There were a lot of very good defensemen on the ice in this game, most of them wearing Predators sweaters. In my opinion, the best of them was once again Jeff Petry. He played 30:04.

….I know he tied the game up with just over a minute left but I didn’t think much of Jonathan Drouin’s other 18 shifts in the game. There’s a lot of skill there, but it’s not being used the right way either by the Canadiens or Drouin himself.

….As a unit, the Canadiens best was the Plekanec line. Tomas might not be able to score any more but he knows how to use his wingers. Not only Lehkonen but also Brendan Gallagher who put in another one of those non-stop nights. I have no idea what’s going on between Gallagher and P.K. but he was quick to let Subban know after his blocked shot wound up back on his stick for the game’s opening goal.

….Seems like every time there out there the fourth line of Froese/Delauriers/Shaw win the shift against whoever they are matched up against through sheer hard work. Don’t look for much scoring but consider this – the line had nine shots on goal, five of them from Shaw. They also registered seven hits, as usual Deslauriers led the way with four.

….The Canadiens outhit the Predators 35-22. Another bad night in the faceoff circle at 46%. Froese was the only one who won more than he lost – seven of eleven.


On the road again which has not been friendly for the Canadiens. Denver Wednesday, Phoenix Thursday and Vegas on Saturday followed by another trip to Philadelphia next Tuesday. Canadiens are 1-8-0 their last nine road games.

3 Comments to “GAME OF THE YEAR – Nashville-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) Feb. 10, 2018”

  1. Bay_Bye says:

    this was by far the best game of hockey I have seen this year..both teams brought it and the flow was excellent

  2. david deVries says:

    The game was entertaining, but oh, if the Canadiens could have cashed in on the Predators mistakes
    like the Predators did on the Canadiens the score would have been different.
    Good effort by the young players.
    My question in all this, “Why is Schlemko in the lineup? I do not know if he could play in Laval.

  3. Ned Stark says:

    I think that guys like Schlemko, Benn, Morrow and maybe Alzner are bring showcased for trade. Although Alzner along with an outrageous salary also has a NTC. Another sure sign of Bergy’s stupidity in signing players.

    Yes it was an entertaining game and with 49 shots we had some great opportunities but we are so short on offensive talent ie. Goal scoring.
    Until Bergevin realizes that it’s not the number of 4th liners you have on your team its that you always out score your opponents that wins games. I don’t know what time warp he’s stuck in but he needs to get his head out of his ass and start making the right changes.

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