The Canadiens were able to claim 4 out of a possible 6 points last week with wins over the Coyotes and Predators sandwiching a disappoint 5-1 loss to the Blues in St Louis. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead over the Preds Saturday night in Nashville but still needed overtime heroics to claim a 4-3 win and send them to their week long Christmas break on a high note.
First Star: David Desharnais
Desharnais was the only Hab to find his way onto the scoresheet in all three games, picking up a goal and three assists on the week. He assisted on the game winning goal in against the Coyotes and was the overtime hero in Nashville, getting the game winner unassisted after a great individual effort.
Second Star: Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty will spend the holidays with his newborn son, Lorenzo, but not before collecting three goals and an assist last week. Patches had two goals and an assist including the game winner in Montreal's 3-1 victory of the Coyotes and picked up the second goal on a breakaway in Nashville to end off the week.
Third Star: PK Subban
Subban had a goal and an assist on the week, opening the scoring in Nashville to help set the tone early. Subban also led the team in shots against the Predators, with 6 of the team's 23 shots on goal. Last year's Norris Trophy winner leads the Habs with 27 points in 38 games. He was a plus-3 Saturday night bringing him up to plus-11 on the season.
Honorable Mention: Brendan Gallagher
Gallagher continued to be a spark plug for linemates Desharnais and Pacioretty last week. While he was held without a point against the Coyotes, he could be found right on top of goalie Mike Smith as the first two goals were scored. In St Louis on Thursday, Gallagher had Montreal's only goal of the night but his play of the week was the breakout pass in Nashville that sent Max Pacioretty in alone on Marek Mezanec and helped give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead at that point.
Monday, December 23, 2013
8:24 AM Rob Elbaz 8 comments