Let’s just say the Vancouver Canucks have had their fill of Tyler Toffoli and the Montreal Canadiens.
Vancouver lost another to the Habs Tuesday, marking their fourth to Montreal across a period of five games. The divisional series has made for interesting matchups, but the Canadiens have owned the Canucks this season.
On Tuesday, Montreal won by a final score of 5-3 and former Canuck Toffoli scored twice. That gives him eight goals (!!) in five games against Vancouver this season and that must be giving Canucks general manager Jim Benning a headache.
It’s definitely driven social media chatter, with many chirping Benning over not doing enough to ensure Toffoli remained in a Vancouver sweater.
But the past is the past and the Canucks must address reality: that Montreal lit them up for 28 goals in five games.
Vancouver has managed to find some of its game, it should be said.
Tuesday was a better affair than the 6-2 drubbing on Monday, in large part because the Canucks quit making so many ill-advised drop passes and played a little more team defence. Goalie Thatcher Demko was solid.
The Canadiens have been impressive this season, largely because of the stellar play of Toffoli and Josh Anderson – two Marc Bergevin hires that’ve combined for 15 goals in 10 games. Toffoli, by the way, leads the league in scoring with nine goals.
Anderson scored twice on Tuesday, too, and has six goals in 10 games.
“Before they even played a game, we told you guys what kind of players they were and what they could bring, and that’s what they’re doing,” said Montreal head coach Claude Julien. “I think in Josh Anderson’s case, we said he’s got unbelievable speed, he’s great on the forecheck, he’s also got outside speed and he also takes the puck to the net. Or he goes to the net if he doesn’t have it. That’s why he’s having success scoring.”
The Habs are 7-1-2, leading the North Division. They’ll draw two games against the Ottawa Senators next before hosting Toronto and Edmonton.
The 6-7-0 Canucks are off to Toronto for three games, then it’s a series against the Flames. They won’t have to see the Habs again for over a month, thank goodness.
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