The Montreal Canadiens are off to a roaring start, winning their first three games of the regular season. All three wins were come from behind road victories as well.
This team is firing on all cylinders right now. Michel Therrien’s top players are leading the charge and are clearly playing on another level.
I love the “never say die attitude” this team is playing with right now. The younger players like Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Alex Galchenyuk have used their speed effectively to frustrate their opponents and create chances.
This was evident in Montreal’s 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday night. Galchenyuk did an excellent job pressuring the Flyers defensemen, caused some turnovers in the neutral zone and scored a goal.
Veteran forward Thomas Plekanac has done a wonderful job crashing the net and scoring goals via rebounds. Plekanac was criticized for not converting enough opportunities in Montreal’s playoff campaign last year.
He’s already tallied four goals in just three games this season. If Plekanac can avoid injury, he’ll easily be one of the Canadien’s top scorers this season.
Stronger Defense Required
Obviously head Coach Therrien’s main concern moving forward will be finding ways to tighten things up in the defensive end. Defenseman P.K. Subban, Jared Tinordi and Andrei Markov have all been guilty of turning the puck over in front of their own net.
These are simple mistakes that have cost the Canadiens and have no doubt rattled the confidence of goalie Carey Price.
Guys like Subban, Tinordi and Beaulieu need to keep things simple and start using the boards more. Dumping the puck and taking an icing is far better than carrying the puck out front and losing it. If the Canadiens' younger defensemen can make that adjustment, it’ll make Price’s job a whole lot easier.
Canadiens' fans have plenty of reasons to get excited and get behind their team. The organization has kept their core group of players and it’s already paying dividends for them. Off-season additions Tom and Gilbert and Pierre Alexandre Parenteau have already tallied points and Manny Malholtra has already helped kill several penalties.
The Canadiens next game is against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. I can’t wait to see if the Montreal Canadiens can build off this winning streak and continue winning games.
I hope Price gets the start in goal. Regardless, life is good for the Montreal Canadiens right now.