Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadaiens beat Philadelphia Flyers in thrilling final

The Montreal Canadaiens head into tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers after their two heaviest losses of the season. However, they redeemed themselves by letting the Flyers lose their sixth straight game in a thrilling 5-4 comeback win.

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Team Canada has been trailing by one line all season. If the club want to build something up this season, they need a second line. One may be emerging. Brendan Gallagher and Mike Hoffman on the wing for Christian Dvorak looked like they were starting to know each other’s positions in every game.

Dvorak is an unusual player. He is a very apathetic person, you have to remind yourself that he really cares. He just doesn’t show much emotion. In Columbus, he made a sublime pass for Gallagher to score. Tonight, it was Dvorak who ended the play.

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He touched it when Gallagher was creating all the havoc in front of the net, but was too constrained to finish it. Hoffman has also scored as many goals as he can in the last half-dozen games.

This type of hockey is everything fans want this year: a fun team to watch most nights with promising players doing talented things, while understanding that it’s a game. rebuild. Fans know that there will be losses. They just want to be entertained.

They also want to see young players play well to create a sense of hope in the coming seasons. That means success for the front line, who are all young players. Kirby Dach has been marginally better in points per game since joining Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. Suzuki with two other points is on track to hit 105 points in the season after a quarter of the campaign.

Caufield, with his powerful play from his favorite position on the left from 20 feet, scored his 10th goal of the season. With an additional attacker, Caufield scored his 11th goal after the Canadian team produced the most exciting 55 seconds of hockey in two years.

The last-minute pressure was intense: Caufield fired bullet after bullet. Matheson excellently kept the ball at the green line. Suzuki was threading passes on the ice. Dach is creating the screen. It ended with every fan on their feet as Caufield hit a shot right in the post with just two seconds left.

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Caufield is on track to score 50 goals so far. These are interesting numbers for fans who want to believe that Canadaiens will have a first line that will keep them entertained for the next decade.

Before that, Caufield and Suzuki added up their totals, assisting Mike Matheson’s first goal of his first game, a perfect 20-foot strike into the far corner of Carter Hart.

Matheson skates flexibly and confidently in his swing. It was just a game, but Matheson looked outstanding, once again leading to claims that new management can certainly judge talent.

Matheson plus four rookies on the blue line looking like veterans make it clear that this all-new defensive platform looks good. This rebuild looks good.

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All the prospects of tearing it up in the lower leagues have not even been mentioned. Lane Hutson, Logan Mailloux, Justin Barron, Owen Beck, Sean Farrell, Riley Kidney, Joshua Roy, Filip Mesar etc coming soon.

That is eight players with full expectations they will be NHL hockey players. How many of these will land as superiors? Even if it’s an average number, the club will improve a lot when they arrive.

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It must also be mentioned that the Canadaiens have two first-round picks in perhaps the strongest NHL draft in league history taking place this summer. They will also be quality players when they come here.

Even on nights when the score wasn’t as expected, every other aspect went very well.

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Oddly enough these days, because so much is happening right now, it doesn’t seem necessary to eliminate defensive responsibilities or shots that should have been blocked. This is like minutiae at a time when the master plan is being effectively implemented.

Well, Jake Allen hasn’t been that solid in the last few games. Yes, one can be picky, but is it reasonable to lament a rare Kaiden Guhle poor moment and dramatize it when the rookie is so stellar in his first NHL games out Smart decisions and bone-chilling hits?

This rebuild is impressive and it has been a long wait. People go ahead and don’t expect these Wilde Goats segments to be much for a while.

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Mike Matheson’s first game ended with quite a bit of unnecessary awe. Jordan Harris is the oddball clearing the way for Matheson, but Head Coach Martin St. Louis says there will be a rotation of young defenders in general.

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Next time it will be Arber Xhekaj and then Jonathan Kovacevic. That is perfectly fine. Shane Wright was on the bench five times in a row and nine games out of eleven was one thing, but missing a game every three or four games was another.

Add to that the injury of defenders in the NHL and it won’t be long before the problem of these eight talented defenders will disappear again. The weird gameplay that a rookie misses out won’t hinder his growth.

It is important to ensure that David Savard and Joel Edmundson continue to compete. This is important because considering their contract status and the age of 32 for Savard and 29 for Edmundson, it is quite possible that they will be dealt with at the time of the transaction.

That would be a wise move. The rebuilding of the Canadaiens will bear fruit in three years when both of those players will go down in their careers. They don’t need to stay for two seasons of unimportant games.

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That means the management team must ensure that they enhance the value of Savard and Edmundson. Both of those players have to be in the top two pairs and both have to play key minutes. Any trading partner must be reminded that Edmundson has won a trophy in St. Louis.

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It’s hard to know exactly what Kent Hughes is thinking, but it’s a good idea to continue to reserve first-round draft picks for any high-value player who is in his 30s. That’s the mantra. previous season.

Veterans contracts cannot expire without any return. Letting a player stay on as an unrestricted free agent when a team isn’t tied to the knockout stages is bad management. Good management is about handling them for maximum value. That is likely this February.

In the case of some forward contracts, they will expire without return because, currently, there will be no market for Jonathan Drouin or Evgenii Dadonov. However, Sean Monahan will make a good profit.

Again, this deal deadline will be huge for the club’s fortunes. So far, it’s clear that the team is being managed well as Kent Hughes and Jeff Gorton seem to understand exactly what they have to do to build a sustainable great team.

For fans and the media, it just takes a little patience before everyone is comforted by the brilliance of this new brain trust.

This will be an entertaining year both on and off the ice culminating in a memorable February.


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