The Habs are back baby. They are one of the teams around the NHL that have had at least one COVID-related hiatus this season. This is game two since coming back from said hiatus and they have been rolling since. They defeated the Edmonton Oilers with a 4-0 win a few nights ago for their first game back. Tonight was no different in terms of results. The Ottawa Senators cannot wait for the season to end to reevaluate the team this summer. Tonight might have pushed those feelings a little further. The Canadiens win this game 4-1.
It could have been a shutout, but Ottawa managed to squeak out a goal in the final minutes of the game. That goal came off the stick of Connor Brown for his eighth of the season. The Canadiens win this game by playing the only way they know-how. That way is being a huge pain in the ass (in a good way). They are always in your face, they get to the dirty areas, and they know how to score. Many teams around the league should take notes on the style this team plays.
Gally en rajoute!
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 2, 2021
Leaders Lead The Way
The Canadiens are filled with a great blend of veterans and young talent. Their veterans have to know how to win. Players like Corey Perry were brought on this team to bring a winning mentality to the locker room. Perry won the Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and went to the final with Dallas last year. Perry got on the scoreboard tonight by scoring his seventh of the season. That is right on pace with what Habs fans expected from Perry. He is a huge part of how the Canadiens win hockey games this year.
Brendan Gallagher has been through it all with this team. He has been here for the dominant years to the abysmal years. Through it all, the Canadiens have no Stanley Cup Final appearances since 1993. You best belives that is all on his mind as we get closer to the playoffs in May. Up there with Carey Price, no one deserves a Cup more on this team than Gallagher. His fourteenth goal of the season padded an easy path for a Canadiens win.
Jake Allen was brought here for a reliable backup goalie for Carey Price. He has been sensational for the Habs this season. He stops 21 of 22 shots to help the Canadiens get two more points in the standings. The Habs still have a shot at the Division title. A little luck is involved, but this core can get it done.
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