Tomas Tatar #90 of the Montreal Canadiens scores a first period goal between Jimmy Howard #35 and Filip Hronek #17 of the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 26, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Mike Johnson, who doesn’t have a medical degree, offered this TSN diagnosis of the Canadiens absurd 8-1 win:“Exactly what the doctor ordered after last night in New Jersey.”Indeed.The team that stumbled through a stinker in Newark concocted a classic in Detroit.Let’s go right to the stat sheet, beginning with some reunited linemates:• Max Domi scored twice and had the first five-point night of his career. Anyone missing Alex Galchenyuk?• Andrew Shaw had the first hat trick of his career.• Their new winger, Jonathan Drouin, broke out of his slump with four assists. Drouin had zero points in New Jersey, his 37th donut in 63 games.The line combined for 12 points. Each of them was plus-5.And they weren’t the only excellent Canadiens in a game the team had to win.While it was still a game, which it was halfway into the second period, Carey Price – playing his second in as many nights – was sharp. Two more Ws and Price matches Jacques Plante’s Canadiens’ career record of 314.Maybe he’ll do it by beating the Rangers in New York Friday night and Pittsburgh at the Bell Centre on Saturday.The Canadiens might need wins in both games because the Eastern Conference Wildcard race is tighter than (Insert metaphor … but keep it clean.)Surging Carolina won again, stomping the hapless L.A. Kings 6-1.Pittsburgh cooled off red-hot Columbus 5-2 in the Blue Jackets’ own barn.Which of the teams — Canadiens, Penguins, Jackets or Hurricanes — will be playing golf in mid-April?Monday night, as they lost to a rag-tag New Jersey roster — I thought the Canadiens were cooked.But as has been the case since the season began, this team bounces back when points are needed.Many heroes in Motown …• Brett Kulak was plus-4 and his new partner, Christian Folin, was plus-3. Jordie Benn, who’s having an excellent season, slotted in comfortably with Jeff Petry. Mike Reilly might be in the press box for a while.• Phillip Danault went 16-5 on faceoffs. Nate Thompson was 14-3. They were part of a PK that was perfect in five shorthanded situations.• Tomas Tatar was great again in the city that nurtured his splendid career. And his new linemate scored his 27th en route to 30+.• Jesperi Kotkaniemi played his best road game in a long time and set up Joel Armia for an easy goal.• Each fourth-liner played double-digit minutes.All the Canadiens were brilliant.They had to be … and brilliance will have to continue.• • •Let’s hear from the Liveblog Commentariat.Every time this team hits a rough patch this year and we start to doubt them, and the pundits say they aren’t good enough, they bounce back with some big wins to stay in a playoff position. Maybe this upcoming California road trip won’t be the dagger in the season so many think it will be. After the miserable season we punched last year the fact we are in a playoff spot after the trade deadline is awesome, and the team is healthy to boot. I think it’s time to start believing in this team, with 31 in net and a team that can score 5 on 5, I like our chances in a 7 game series, power play be damned!!-Colin Rowe it would be impertinent of me to offer an “i told you so” moment during a game like. however, the contingency is such that i must assert that i have addressed the issue previously: this is a fun team & they’re better than advertised. they could be very good with some growth, maturity & the right pick-ups. if they manage that, they’ll be good for a while. this is a young, tight group.-burnedprofTo reiterate, regarding the Andrew Shaw haters, can they respond how, if you hate him, how has he recorded 30pts in his last 34 games…-—Maroons