Jekyll and Habs.
Or as Michel Bergeron put it on RDS:
“Les Devils. Wow! Wow! Wow!”
No Martin F.?
No Zach F.?
No effing way – especially when the Canadiens are in bounce-back mode.
This was the Canadiens’ most dominant outing since they stomped Carolina.
But you have to factor in the quality of opposition.
The Devils are a mess, the Haiti of hockey.
And Johan Hedberg dug them a deep hole before the sparse crowd had settled into their seats.
So let’s not get back to parade-planning until we see what the Canadiens do against San Jose on Saturday afternoon.
But still, lots to like.
• Yannick Weber may have played his best game in a Canadiens’ jersey. He played 17:10, led the team with six shots on goal, and if the kid made a defensive mistake, I didn’t see it.
• Lars Eller had his first – but assuredly not last – multi-point game. He was First Star … again, not for the last time.
• Carey Price went long periods with nothing to do but made some spectacular saves.
• For the second straight night, Scott Gomez scored a goal on the power play.
• With New Jersey enjoying a 5-on-3 for two minutes, Tomas Plekanec, Hal Gill and Josh Gorges kepot the Devils to the outside for 100 seconds without a whistle, then the second unit finished it off.
• Canadiens had 11 names on the score sheet. Thirteen players had SoG.
• Playing hurt, Gorges was on for 22 minutes. What a warrior!
• Roman Hamrlik played almost 23 minutes and blocked four shots. Spatch was good, too … but it was the Devils.
• The PK passed Pittsburgh to become the league’s best: 89.9 per cent efficiency.
• PP is at 17.9 – 11th place!!!
• Carey Price’s 15 wins top the league, as do his minutes. GAA of 2.00, save percentage of 93.4. Jaro who?
And P.K. who?
Jacques Martin has a decision to make before the San Jose game.