MONTREAL - Here are some key storylines from Saturday night's 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.
Danault line responds well
During the week, head coach Claude Julien didn't hide the fact that he wanted more out of his first line. The trio composed of Phillip Danault, Tomas Tatar, and Brendan Gallagher responded in the best of ways, with each of them scoring a goal against the defending Stanley Cup champs.
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The line held its own video session on Saturday morning to discuss and study parts of their game they wanted to improve on, and it showed on the Bell Centre ice on this night.
"We had a little video session just us three this morning," shared Danault. "We wanted to be better as a line to help the team. I think it helped tonight."
Video: STL@MTL: Danault one-times home Tatar's nice feed
The three finished with a total of seven combined points, including a one-goal, two-assist performance by Gallagher.
No one on the Habs was denying that it was their best game of the season as a team so far this season.
"Absolutely. The defending Stanley Cup champions come here, but they couldn't get by. The crowd was incredible," praised Danault, responsible for the home team's third goal of the night. "The defensemen played a very good transition game. I would say that was very important for us tonight."
Excellent third period
The two teams were neck and neck through the first 40 minutes of play, but the Canadiens turned it up a notch in the third and scored three goals - by Artturi Lehkonen, Gallagher, and Max Domi (empty net).
Despite the score being even after two, the Habs were fully confident they'd get the job done in the final frame.
"We were playing really good hockey; that was probably our most complete game of the year. We were skating, we had our legs, we were in their face, we were creating a lot of turnovers, and we got the crowd involved. Obviously, that was big," affirmed the alternate captain. "We knew it was tied but we were pretty confident with the way we were playing that if we just did that for another 20 minutes, we were going to get the result that we wanted. I think we got rewarded with two points that we deserved tonight."
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Drou delivers another solid performance
In the Canadiens' first regulation win of the season, forward Jonathan Drouin once again played an important part in getting his team there.
The Sainte-Agathe native lit the lamp late in the first period, extending his points streak to five games in the process. Drouin also contributed on Domi's empty-netter, giving him his 200th career point in the NHL.
Video: STL@MTL: Drouin nets wrister off the post and in
The Quebec-born forward's performance did not go unnoticed by the Bell Centre faithful.
After being named the game's first star, Drouin was rewarded with a warm ovation from the crowd.
"It was really cool. I'm happy with the support I get from the fans. I wasn't the only guy in the room to notice," expressed Drouin. "Everyone likes playing at the Bell Centre and for the Canadiens. It's an honor and every time we play at home, we feel the support from the fans."
Drouin's teammates also recognized his efforts by naming him their player of the game. This year, Habs who earn the distinction are handed a sword instead of the ceremonial cape from last season.
The Canadiens are off on Sunday and get back to work at practice on Monday at the Bell Centre.