ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA — Hiya there, of us! Again with one other version of my three stars of the week column!
Gamers will earn factors every time they seem as a star on this column and on the finish of the 12 months, I’ll award my three stars of the season.
The Canadiens solely performed two video games this week, so there may be much less to go on than standard, however listed below are my three stars of the week.
☆ THIRD STAR: Carey Value
Carey Value falls right down to my third star this week due to a lighter evening of labor in sport 4 towards Winnipeg, but additionally to shine a lightweight on different performers for the Canadiens. Value was regular when referred to as upon in sport three towards Winnipeg making 26 saves on 27 photographs. His magnificence has continued.
Even within the lighter evening of labor in sport 4, he was nonetheless tasked with making some huge saves. He made three consecutive saves in the identical sequence on Paul Stastny, who nearly gave Winnipeg a 3-2 lead in that sport, however Value made the large saves on the proper time to maintain the sport even.
On this Canadiens seven-game win streak, Carey Value has a .943 save share. He’s the rationale the Habs are within the Stanley Cup semi-finals, make no mistake about it. As I stated final week, the Canadiens are beginning to get extra dependable performances from the skaters in entrance of Value, however it can’t be overstated that the Canadiens merely wouldn’t be right here if not for Value.
He was nonetheless magnificent, and he’s nonetheless the rationale the Canadiens have gotten so far, however this week I needed to acknowledge that Value is the rationale the Canadiens are right here, whereas additionally giving credit score to his teammates who’ve supplied him that assist. Value unquestionably nonetheless deserves consideration and credit score and as such he’s my third star.
☆ SECOND STAR: Shea Weber
There was a lot dialog this season that surrounded Shea Weber this season centered round the concept the 35-year-old had misplaced a step, that he was now not efficient, and that Jeff Petry was the Canadiens high defenceman. These playoffs have confirmed that Weber remains to be the dominant pressure defensively that he has all the time been.
Within the Canadiens seven-game win streak, Weber has averaged simply over 27 minutes of ice-time, the highest 4 with Weber, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, and Petry have been relied upon closely and Weber is the chief who performs extremely demanding minutes towards high offensive expertise.
Along with his stout defensive play, Weber has added three assists over his final seven video games. It was well-documented within the Toronto collection that the Canadiens had not been getting any manufacturing from their blueliners, however Weber has supplied these assists along with being tasked with shutting down the opposition’s finest.
And if that’s not sufficient, the Canadiens performed chunk of sport three and all of sport 4 with out Petry. Within the absence of Petry, the Canadiens wanted Weber to be much more of a steadying presence than standard and the captain delivered.
The Canadiens defence in entrance of Value has stabilized and Weber has quite a bit to do with that.
☆ FIRST STAR: Tyler Toffoli
The man who scored the time beyond regulation winner to ship the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup semi-finals deserves just a little little bit of recognition. Much more so when contemplating that in his final six video games, Tyler Toffoli has eight factors. It was a little bit of a quiet begin for Toffoli, and he has been the beneficiary of the nice play of Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield at instances, however he has produced very properly with 10 factors in 11 video games.
It ought to come as no shock for Toffoli, who has Stanley Cup pedigree and has carried out effectively within the playoffs in his profession, however he stumbled out of the gate towards Toronto with simply two factors within the first 5 video games. However his line with Suzuki and Caufield have actually supplied the Canadiens with dependable manufacturing and even after they miss alternatives, they’re typically a line that builds momentum for the Habs.
As was the case all through the common season, the belief that Toffoli will do the precise issues when he’s on the ice could be seen along with his shorthanded objective in sport two towards Winnipeg. He was a penalty killer all season for the Canadiens and his skill to carry out effectively in that position gave the Canadiens a goal-scoring menace to get that necessary objective.
As I stated, he might profit from the play of Suzuki and Caufield every so often, he actually didn’t should do a lot on the game-winning objective in sport 4, however he received to a harmful space, was able to obtain that cross from Caufield and made no mistake when he received it. That objective gave him two game-winning targets in his final three video games.
Toffoli might want to proceed producing and for others to chip in just a little extra usually for the Canadiens to deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.
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