The late Bob Bisonnette sang “The Scoring Machine”. If he was still in this world, the former Olympiques de Hull could still scream while watching the Canadiens’ games.
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Goals, CH scores by the ton at the start of the season. And it comes from everywhere within the formation.
Tyler Toffoli and Joel Armia both netted a brace in a 7-3 win over the Canucks on Thursday at Rogers Arena. Armia also had two assists. He thus obtained four points in a game for the first time in his career.
His evening, however, ended prematurely in the third twenty. He had to leave the game after receiving a blow to the head from Tyler Myers.
In two games in Vancouver, the Habs have hit the target 11 times. Toffoli led the way with five goals against his former team.
Claude Julien and Marc Bergevin spoke of a deeper and more balanced team for this 2020-2021 edition. If the first five meetings are a reflection of the coming season, there will be a lot of fireworks.
In five games, the Canadian has already scored 24 goals. The smallest offensive production so far has been a 3-1 win over the Oilers on Monday in Edmonton.
And to illustrate the diversity of the attack, there are already six scorers of two or more goals within the team: Toffoli (5), Josh Anderson (3), Tomas Tatar (3), Jeff Petry (2) , Armia (2) and Jake Evans (2).
In the group, we find an attacker from each of the four lines and a defender. A sign that the attack is not on the shoulders of a single unit, as was too often the case in the past.
Julien had once again spoken of the discipline as a key for this second meeting in two nights against the Canucks. In this regard, the CH did not respect the instructions too much, but it must be said that referee Kevin Pollock had the whistle very close to his mouth throughout the game.
Both teams visited the penalty box at an infernal pace. The day before, Carey Price had been foiled three times as his team found themselves outnumbered. In this second game against the Canucks, Jake Allen was once shorthanded. Bo Horvat, who was still placed in the enclave, surprised him with a good shot.
The Habs hurt their rivals with two shorthanded goals, those of Armia and Toffoli. After five games, Julien’s men scored four goals as they defended themselves with one less man on the ice. Again, that’s a lot of goals.
Julien had said so in the morning. He was delighted with the contribution of his four lines, recalling that the threat never came from the same players.
But for a second night in a row, Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s trio were successful. Five against five, Toffoli and Armia surprised young Thatcher Demko. On both sequences, Kotkaniemi found himself in the heart of the action even if we can read a single pass for number 15 on the scoresheet.
In the first half, Kotkaniemi put great pressure on defender Brogan Rafferty to open the door for a turnaround leading to Toffoli’s goal.
An inexperienced defense
There were two major absences in the Canucks camp. Defensemen Alexander Edler and Travis Hamonic have withdrawn. Travis Green ended up with a very young squad of defenders.
1-Mon: Tyler Toffoli (4) (Armia) 1:54 2-Van: Bo Horvat (4) (Myers, Hoglander) 3:20 3-Mon: Joel Armia (1) (Toffoli) DN-5: 27 4 -Van: Bo Horvat (5) (Miller, Hughes) AN-7: 13
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