It’s hard to quantify just how massive of a win that was for the Montreal Canadiens.
After a puke-worthy performance against the Kraken on Tuesday night, the odds were stacked against the team in San Jose.
Historically, practically and emotionally.
But staring down the barrel of a 1-7 start, the Habs played much closer to what a competent hockey team is supposed to look like in their 4-0 shutout victory over the Sharks. Competent verging on competitive.
The importance of last night’s victory was summed up by Nick Suzuki post-game.
“We had a great team meeting before the morning skate,” said the young centreman, who finally got off the schneid with his first two points of the season. “Just talking about how we needed to respond. We want to have a good road trip and we didn’t play our best in Seattle. I thought the boys had a great response tonight and (we) played one of our better hockey games of the season.”
Well, there was only one way to go and that was up after their game in the Pacific Northwest. Now they’ll try and salvage their Western road trip with a back-to-back against the Kings and Ducks starting Saturday.
To the takeaways.