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Post Game Poutine: Montreal Canadiens Cruise to Fouth Straight Win

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The Montreal Canadiens are officially on fire, posting a 4-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and extending their winning streak to four games.

Nick Suzuki scored two goals and added an assist and Cole Caufield scored a goal and assist to lead the Canadiens to victory. Samuel Montenmbeault had another stellar game en route to his first career shutout, making 32 saves in the process.

Here’s your MHN Postgame Poutine:

GOLD STAR: Nick Suzuki – You can make an argument that the top line of Caufield-Suzuki-Anderson could own the Gold Star as a unit, but tonight was truly Suzuki’s night. The young pivot has returned to his slick ways with the puck, playing a very calculated and intelligent game, and it’s translated into more offensive opportunities on the ice. Nick Suzuki controlled the game whenever he touched the ice, dominating in all three zones and leading his team offensive with two goals and an assist on the night.

 

TABARNAK: Josh Anderson Injury – Shortly before the second period, Josh Anderson seemed to take a shot in the head, between his helmet and his cheek, and was very slow to get to his feet; clutching his mouth the whole time. He, unfortunately, did not return to start the third period, and we await word on the severity of his injury.

TURNING POINT: Nick Suzuki’s Penalty Shot Goal – With 5:50 gone by in the second period, Nick Suzuki got a clean breakaway at centre ice and was hooked by Buffalo’s Dylan Cozens, resulting in a penalty shot being awarded to Suzuki.  The young centerman made no mistake, depositing a slick shot top shelf for the 2-0 lead.

HONORABLE MENTION: Cole Caufield – For the second straight game, Cole Caufield is awarded the Honourable Mention.  The young phenom wowed fans yet again Wednesday with his speed, skill and confidence on the ice. He connected with Nick Suzuki to produce a plethora of scoring chances and finished the night with a goal and an assist. Since Martin St. Louis took over as head coach, no player on the Montreal Canadiens has been more consistent in the offensive zone than Cole Caufield. The young sniper leads the Canadiens in the last seven games since the coaching change with six goals and four assists.

BY THE NUMBERS: Here’s how the Montreal Canadiens lined up Sunday afternoon:

Forwards

Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson

Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher

Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Paul Byron

Michael Pezzetta – Ryan Poehling – Artturi Lehkonen

Defence:

Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot

Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry

Kale Clague-Chris Wideman

Goalies:

Sam Montembeault

Andrew Hammond

QUOTE TO NOTE: ”We’re using all four lines, sustained puck possession down low and our offense has been a lot better” – Nick Suzuki

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