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Dach Gets Last Laugh In Canadiens’ 3-2 Win In Chicago



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Montreal Canadiens forward Kirby Dach was the shootout hero this afternoon against his former team, as the Canadiens edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout.

The Blackhawks’ former 3rd overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft was given the final shot of the shootout, and, to a chorus of loud boos, fired home the game-winning goal to give his club their second win in a row.

Samuel Montembeault was solid again for the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon, keeping the Canadiens in the game as the Blackhawks began to press in the second and third periods. He stopped 30 of 32 shots against and made the big stops when it counted, again proving he should get a bigger share of the starts moving forward.

The Blackhawks put a lot of pressure on the Canadiens all game and looked to be overwhelming them with pressure at times., especially in the late stages of the third period. The Canadiens didn’t panic and continued to play a smart and calculated game, until things got really wild in overtime.

It’s a well-earned two points from the Canadiens and these are the biggest talking points of this afternoon’s game:

Mr. Consistent

Sean Monahan continues to show good things in small bursts for the Montreal Canadiens so far this season.

He’s emerging as the club’s No.2 centre as of late, pushing the pace offensively and complementing anyone who shares the ice with him.

He showed quick wit and excellent vision on the inaugural goal of the game, as he and Joel Edmundson combined on a beautiful play that opened the scoring.

He also factored on the second goal as well, collecting his second assist of the game on the play on the power play.

Playing in all situations, Monahan has quickly cemented himself as a consistent two-way centre for the Canadiens, which takes a big load off of Nick Suzuki’s shoulders.


Power Surge

Nick Suzuki has been the the focal point on the Canadiens’ power play this season, as he’s factored in on 60% of the Canadiens’ offence on the man advantage.

He currently leads the Canadiens with six powerplay points so far this season, after notching his fourth power play goal of the season early in the second period.

Suzuki’s dual-threat ability on the power play has gone to the next level this season, as the young centre continues to dazzle with his deceptively strong shot and world-class vision.

If the Canadiens don’t have the worst power play success rate in the NHL, they currently sit at 28th overall, it’s due in large part to Suzuki’s creativity and deadly shooting ability.

Unnecessary Roughness

In the middle of the third period, Juraj Slafkovsky was caught up high by Blackhawks forward Jason Dickinson.

It was an unfortunate hit, as Slafkovsky had his head down going into the zone, and Dickinson took the opportunity to come at the youngster at full speed and clipped him in the head with his shoulder/elbow.

Slafkovsky lay on the ice after the hit, while linemate Micheal Pezzetta jumped into the pile to defend his fallen teammate.

Although Slafkovsky left the game looking dazed and he thankfully returned to the Canadiens bench before the start of overtime, a positive sign for the health of the young man.