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Postgame Poutine: Talent, Montembeault Shine In 5-3 Win Over Stars

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The Montreal Canadiens snapped a six-game losing streak with a spirited 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars behind a 47-save performance from goalie Sam Montembeault Tuesday night in Dallas.

Montreal Canadiens forward Christian Dvorak scored twice, Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist in his first game since Dec. 4, and Nick Suzuki had one of his best games of the season with two assists for the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs also got goals from Michael Pezzettaa and Josh Anderson, who, like Toffoli, scored his first goal since Nov. 27.

Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin each had a goal and an assist for the and Jacob Peterson scored for the Stars. Dallas Stars Jake Oettinger allowed five goals on 19 shots and Braden Holtby stopped three shots in relief.

The Habs now head to Vegas to play the Golden Knights on Thursday (10 PM ET, TSN2, RDS).

GOLD STAR: Sam Montembeault – Two days after the Montreal Canadiens announced that goalie Carey Price is essentially starting his return to play process over, Montembeault, a waiver pick-up just as this season started, turned in the performance of a lifetime. The Beacancour, QC native was a brick wall, making a career-high 47 saves, as the Canadiens finally felt the thrill of victory.

 

 

TABARNAK: Game Misconduct On Drouin – So Stars Forward Tyler Seguin is allowed to just come up off a faceoff and cross-check Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin in the face but Drouin isn’t allowed to defend himself? This humble puck scribe knows and has shared adult beverages with plenty of NHL referees but this is disgraceful.

 

TURNING POINT: Josh Anderson Goal – Just 1:14 after Tyler Seguin made it 4-2 Habs, Montreal Canadiens winger Josh Anderson answered the bell and put the Habs up by three again. That was Anderson’s first goal since Nov. 27 and the feeling of relief was palpable throughout the roster. The Habs may have let up that Pavelski goal at 18:22 of the final frame, but it was clear after Anderson’s goal, Montembeault, and the Montreal Canadiens were snapping the losing streak.

 

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HONORABLE MENTION: Montreal Canadiens forward Christian Dvorak was the runner-up to Montembeault as he scored his first goal since Nov. 27 and lit the lamp twice, but it’s hard to recognize what a grand return this was for Tyler Toffoli. in his first game since Dec. 4, Toffoli was a major presence in the Habs’ attack with a goal and an assist.

 

 

Obviously, if you’re watching that goal by Toffoli, then you’d agree that Montreal Canadiens budding star Nick Suzuki also deserves an Honorable Mention. Suzuki has been playing hard lately and it paid off with two assists on Tuesday.

While that’s true, can anyone really argue at this point of this lost season that the Montreal Canadiens and their fans don’t deserve this hard work, passion, and intensity from Pezzetta? Please show your face.

 

BY THE NUMBERS: 52 – The number of days (Nov. 27-Jan. 18) between regulation wins for the Canadiens.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I think Tof’s leadership in the room and on the bench had a big effect.” – Montreal Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme on Tyler Toffoli.

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