Radek Bonk scored a clutch goal to take the lead over the Wild in the final minutes of the 3rd period. The Canadiens went on to win their 4th game in their last 5.
The Canadiens success this year has a lot to do with role players doing their job consistently and there is no better example than Radek Bonk.
Yes, Radek Bonk.
This time last year there was a lot of displeasure with Bonk who came to Montreal and did virtually nothing while cashing some pretty large checks. Bonk was targetted by fans and media all year and caught a lot of flak on a regular basis.
Here’s some Bonk quotes from Habs Blog last year:
Radek Bonk – What can you say? A total disappointment especially considering we gave up Mathieu Garon to acquire him. Bonkâ€™s reputation around the league is of a lazy floater and heâ€™s done everything in Montreal to prove that itâ€™s true. 1 goal?
Enter Radek Bonk. What can you say about Bonk? I donâ€™t think anyone would argue he has done anything good for this team and itâ€™s become increasingly hard to care at all that he is a Hab. Bonk saucered out a weak, poorly timed, poorly planned pass that was intercepted and a few seconds later it was in the net.
Radek Bonk has a tear in groin muscle and is out indefinitely. If I were reporting this back in August or September I might have thought that this would be a big blow to the Habs and hard to overcome. Not the case. Radek Bonk has been nothing less than an underachiever this year. 0 goals and 2+ million dollars a year. You can say he has been hurt and never fully healthy, he did miss 8 games. Regardless, Canadiens fans (and management) expected a lot more from Bonk.
How quickly things change?
Bonk has 5 goals and like last night’s, many of those goals were important or game winners.
Bonk is +11 and his line mates +12 and +9 along side of him. The line is extremely effective at shutting down the opponents top guns. And this extra scoring is a great bonus.
The Canadiens are finally getting what they wanted from Radek Bonk and it’s becoming hard to picture the Habs without him.