The Canadiens won their second straight game against the injury riddled Philadelphia Flyers. They did it in dramatic fashion with Michael Ryder netting his first career hat-trick and with Cristobal Huet putting up a 2nd straight shut out.
Yes that is dramatic for the Canadiens. 5 goals, a shut out! Oh holy day. It doesn’t happen nearly enough.
Everyone in the world is aware of Theodore’s problems right now and here’s another little stat that illustrates it pretty well.
$4.5 Million USD buys 0 shut outs through 38 games. It does buy a 3.46 GAA however. Enough about Theo he’s old news.
Cristobal Huet keeps shining when given the chance. At this point you have to ride him as far as he takes you. I’d expect him to start until he loses and he won’t sit on the bench for long if Theo doesn’t turn it around immediately. The Canadiens are right in the playoff race which is getting a little more heated with the Islanders and even the Panthers getting closer. A well-timed winning streak could really change the picture. Hopefully it’ll be the Habs with that streak.
Michael Ryder broke his mini-slump which is great news. The only consistent goal scorer on the Habs is firing again, maybe Theodore should ask him how he did it.
The Sabres are a huge surprise this year and playing extremely well. If the Canadiens can steal some points off them it’ll be great for the team’s confidence.