Josh Anderson just sent Erik Cernak to the Shadow Realm pic.twitter.com/GaDw7jcECE
– Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 1, 2024
It was obvious that Josh Anderson’s first goal of the season was going to give him wings, and we’ve seen that in recent games.
The forward has regained his confidence and is playing good hockey. But on the other hand…
Anderson was flying all over the rink: he was effective in forechecking, he disturbed opponents all game long…
It’s not his job and in any case, it would be asking too much of him.
It’s not for nothing that we kept praising him. And we’re finally recognizing the Anderson we used to see.
And that’s good news.
All this to say that Josh Anderson played a good game last night. But aside from #17’s performance, what else caught the eye?
He was good because he kept things simple. He didn’t try to do too much, as he sometimes does, and the results were there.
If that helps him understand certain things…
3. Johnathan Kovacevic’s goal was simply impossible to miss.
It’s clearly one of the wackiest sequences in NHL history, after all. You should have seen my face when the puck entered the net!
All the Habs players thought it was pretty funny… While the Lightning bench laughed a little less.
This is the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen.
The whistle never blows, music starts playing in the arena and Kovacevic recognizes that Johansson left the TBL net because he thought play was dead.
Insane goal. pic.twitter.com/0R5JzjhRSY
– Jonny Lazarus (@JLazzy23) January 1, 2024
4. Overall, Martin St-Louis’ men played a good game.
By the middle of the game, the total shots were 14-6 in the Habs’ favor…
5. The Lightning’s machine… Let’s just say it’s well-oiled.
Last night we saw why Nikita Kucherov is sitting atop the NHL’s scoring charts right now. The Bolts star was dominant offensively, and Victor Hedman’s performance on the other side of the net was also noteworthy.
6. Yesterday’s defeat means that the Canadiens are now six points away from a playoff spot.
The club’s next game is tomorrow in Dallas.