While the Montreal Canadiens were able to turn the tables on the Philadelphia Flyers and do it with a lot of rebound goals and some nifty drop-pass snipes, the prettiest goal of the night belonged to Brian Gionta.
Matt Carle, much like the singer Skee-Lo, wishes he was a little bit taller so he could’ve snagged that puck and it proves that Chris Pronger just can’t quite do everything possible out there but not for a lack of trying. Winning last night 5-1, Montreal was able to finally get some shots past Michael Leighton who had shut them out in the first two games of the series.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
The smile says it all. Connor McDavid with the re-direct and his first NHL goal. Hands of gold.