Now that was an NBA Jam moment with PK beautifully setting up Andrei Markov to knot things up. Nice to see Brandon Prust agitating in front of the net and tying up de Haan and creating some traffic in front of Johnson. Just a really well executed play on all fronts.
That 3G goal was messy and beautiful all at once. Galchenyuk and Gallagher have only continued to get better since their rookie season. I keep waiting for a cold moment or for their weaknesses to become woefully apparent, but that really hasn't happened (or at least not for an extended period). And for all his warts, I love seeing Gonchar contribute. Could a Beaulieu/Gonchar pairing work on a regular basis?
Robert Rice talks/tweets a lot about how faceoff wins are overrated. I would love to see a piece by him explaining it and breaking down a game to demonstrate the lack of impact faceoff wins have especially when the puck is immediately surrendered. I mention this because the Habs' faceoff wins have stayed consistent throughout the game - hovering around 47% - 50%. Shots and puck possession have changed dramatically, as have the Habs' fortunes. I'm willing to guess that the Habs could have won 67% of their faceoffs and had little to no impact on the score. But who knows. That's why we need that Robert Rice knowledge dropping column.
Despite all that blather, still a wide discrepancy in shots. Yikes.
In previous years Tavares's NBA Jam style partner would be Matt Moulson. This year who would be the Islanders' super two? Tavares and... Okposo? Hamonic? Leddy? Nielsen?
|12:04||NYI||Kyle Okposo (8) Snap shot - ASST: John Tavares (16), Lubomir Visnovsky (8)||1 - 0 NYI|
|06:10||MTL||Andrei Markov (5) Slapshot - ASST: P.K. Subban (15)||1 - 1 Tie|
|11:27||MTL||Brendan Gallagher (10) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Gonchar (5), Alex Galchenyuk (15)||2 - 1 MTL|
|08:51||MTL||Tomas Plekanec Hooking - 2 min against Thomas Hickey|
|13:58||NYI||Travis Hamonic Tripping - 2 min against Alex Galchenyuk|
|16:03||MTL||Jiri Sekac Tripping - 2 min against Anders Lee|