MONTREAL – The Olympic break allowed the majority of Canadiens players to catch up on some much-needed rest. For their Bulldogs counterparts, the past two weeks provided a chance to add even more firepower to their already-explosive offense.
With the NHL on hiatus during the Games, all of the recently-called up pups were back posting wins on the farm in Hamilton. After piling up a seven game win streak from January 26 to February 7, the Bulldogs repeated the feat a month later and Guy Boucher’s squad hasn’t been beaten in five-straight games, dating back to February 19.
True to form, the Bulldogs have been steamrolling their competition, giving up just six goals during their recent stretch of wins. Between the pipes, the team’s two netminders have been stellar as always in Hamilton. Sharing the load this season with 34 games apiece, Cedrick Desjardins and Curtis Sanford lead the league in goals-against average. Desjardins has a stingy 1.93 GAA to date and Sanford is nipping at his heels with a 2.00 GAA to his credit.
Shutting out the opposition’s offense is nothing new for the Bulldogs, but the team’s recent scoring binge has made the club more lethal than ever. The ‘Dogs have fired 146 shots on goal in the past five games, finding the back of the net 21 times in that span and enjoying a 4.2 goals-per-game average. Pacing the team’s offense, David Desharnais
has racked up four goals and five assists, Tom Pyatt notched two goals and added four helpers, Ben Maxwell potted four goals and chipped in one assist, Mike Glumac scored once and assisted on three others and P.K. Subban
had two goals and two assists throughout the Bulldogs’ most recent win streak.
During that stretch, the Bulldogs have ousted the Toronto Marlies twice, including last Sunday’s game which was pushed back an hour to give spectators a chance to watch Canada win gold in Vancouver. Inspired by seeing Team Canada top its arch-rival for Olympic glory, the Bulldogs opened the scoring early, then finished the Marlies with five unanswered goals to mark their fifth-consecutive win.
Don’t expect the boys to slow down anytime soon, either. The team’s next five games are all within the friendly confines of the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton – where the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 17-3 in their last four outings.Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.See also
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