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from Marc Dumont at the Montreal Gazette,

Last week, I said the Tomas Tatar-Phillip Danault-Brendan Gallagher line had breakout potential. This week, we’re no longer talking about potential, but rather their excellent results.

The line has been flat out dominant and has yet to allow an even-strength goal while they’re on the ice.

Tatar has led the charge, scoring three goals and adding four assists (three of which were primary assists) in his last four games and controlling the play. His seven points also happen to be the best point total among all NHL players in the last week, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid.

During Tatar’s shifts, the Canadiens controlled more than 70 per cent of the shots and just under 70 per cent of the high-danger opportunities.

He was on the ice for seven goals for, and none against. He leads the Canadiens in almost every statistical category, including individual high-danger attempts, where he ranks 14th in the NHL.

Simply put, he’s been on a tear since joining the Canadiens, to the point that the Golden Knights are probably starting to regret including him in the Max Pacioretty deal as a salary-cap casualty.

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Good for him, I’ve always liked him.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 10/19/18 at 08:47 AM ET


Nice to seem him find his groove. Had to have been disappointed with his production and subsequent lack of ice time in Vegas after leaving Detroit, could have been a motivator to focus and dedicate himself to be ready to do what he’s doing this year.

Posted by MZ2215 on 10/19/18 at 09:23 AM ET


Agreed, good for him. While I won’t bemoan the trade from an asset management / HR perspective, he was near the top of my list of last year’s DRW players that I didn’t wish to see traded.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 10/19/18 at 10:23 AM ET

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You really have to wonder why Tatar didn’t work out in Vegas.

Posted by Primis on 10/19/18 at 03:41 PM ET

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I agree, Good for Tats.

I still would have rather seen Nyquist go and Tatar stay. Tatar had his ups and downs but he has a lot of heart and enthusiasm which this team sorely misses. Plus he has more grit than Nyquist. I get tired of seeing Nyquist bounced around like a ragdoll on the ice without any push back. You cannot get away with that in any league. You got to have an edge. You got to stand up for yourself.

Nyquist has so much skill but lacks strength and attitude to make him a star. He is not a bad player at all, but he could be better if he took a page out of Tatar’s book, imho.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 10/19/18 at 04:44 PM ET

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