Looks Like The Habs Have Turned A Corner

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The Montreal Canadiens had no problem scoring on the weekend. They became the second team in the NHL this season to notch 10 goals in a single game. (The Chicago Blackhawks were the first as they scored 10 times in a 10-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on December 5).

In a 10-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Canadiens scored two goals in the first period and then four goals each in the second and third period in a nine goal victory. Where Habs Nation need to get excited over the most is the fact that 14 different Canadiens players recorded a point. The balanced offensive attack is something that has not happened in Montreal all season.

Alex Galchenyuk led the Canadiens in points with four assists. Former Calgary Flames left winger Paul Byron recorded his first NHL career hat trick, while Daniel Carr of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Nicolas Deslauriers of LaSalle, Quebec and Jacob De La Rose each recorded one goal and two assists for three points.

In a very interesting statistic, Carr, Deslauriers and De La Rose combined for 11 points in 84 games last season and they had nine points in one night on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in their own end, the Canadiens must be thrilled with the progression of rookie defenseman Victor Mete, their third round draft pick, 100th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Mete of Toronto, Ontario, was a +5 against Detroit. Mete and former Flames blueliner David Schlemko were both on the ice five more times when the Canadiens scored than when they gave up a goal on Saturday.

After a slow start to the season, the Canadiens are now at 13-12-3 and have moved into third place in the Atlantic Division.  However, the Canadiens were not the only Canadian team in the NHL to score on the weekend. There were 12 goals in Calgary as the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames 7-5 and the Winnipeg Jets scored five times in a 5-0 win over the struggling Ottawa Senators.

Ironically the one Canadian team that has had no problems scoring this season did so on Saturday. The Toronto Maple Leafs, who have scored a NHL high 99 times in 2017-18, only scored once in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Speaking of the Maple Leafs, if the NHL ended today, Montreal and Toronto would play against each other in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The TV ratings for that series would simply go through the roof.

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