MONTREAL – In Thursday’s post-game notebook, Christian Thomas talks about his first NHL goal, Michel Therrien has high praise for a rookie and P.K. Subban breaks down what went wrong against Edmonton.
When Christian Thomas describes his first career NHL goal to his grandkids one day, he won’t be exaggerating when he tells them what a beauty of a shot it was that beat Viktor Fasth top shelf. After wiring his first as an NHLer over the Oilers’ netminder in his 15th
career game, Thomas already knew who would be on the receiving end of his first post-game phone call to talk about the milestone marker. Having taken some heat from his father, former NHLer and current Lightning assistant coach Steve Thomas, over the past few weeks about his lack of lamp lighting, the Habs rookie finally has some sniping stories of his own to share around the dinner table.
“I think he’s going to be pretty excited. He’s been on me about this since I’ve been up here,” admitted Thomas with a laugh. “I had a good feeling it was going to come soon. I’ve played a handful of games now and it’s good to get it. It was definitely one of the best moments of my hockey career. It’s nice to shoot one in, but any goal is a goal – I thought my first one was going to be off my skate or something like that. I like to consider myself a shooter and that’s how I like to score my goals. Hopefully I’ll get some more opportunities to shoot the puck.” BEYOND HIS YEARS:
Picking up his first NHL point on Thursday night with an assist on Thomas’ goal, Jacob De La Rose continued to impress in his big league audition. Still in his first month of NHL action, the 19-year-old Swede was rewarded for his efforts against the Oilers with extra responsibility late in the game, playing 11:41 overall, including some action on the penalty kill in the final minutes of regulation with Tomas Plekanec in the box.
“We sent out guys we thought were playing well and who we felt were on their games. He was one of the players that has been solid and he was again in that situation,” explained Michel Therrien of his reliance on the teenaged rookie. “De La Rose does a lot of good things on the ice and he was good again tonight.” BIG GAME HUNTERS:
Currently sitting atop the Eastern Conference standings with 74 points and 35 wins, the Canadiens haven’t experienced a whole lot of losing in 2014-15. Of the 15 regulation and four overtime losses the Habs have accumulated, nine have come against teams currently on the outside-looking-in of the playoff hunt. P.K. Subban doesn’t think those stats indicate a trend fans need to worry about, and instead has a different explanation for the team’s overtime loss to the Oilers.
“I thought we’ve been playing pretty consistently for the past couple of weeks and couple of months. I thought we’ve been making sure no matter who we’re playing that we’re doing everything we can to play the right way,” said Subban, who had two assists against the Oilers to bring his total to a team leading 27 on the year. “I thought tonight we took too many shifts off. There were too many moments where we weren’t doing the right things. We lost so many board battles today and ultimately that’s the difference in the game.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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