MONTREAL – Sacrificing his body at every turn this season, Travis Moen
proved that scoring isn’t the only way to make a difference on the ice.
Plucked from the free agency market to bring some size and grit to the Canadiens’ front end last July, it didn’t take long for Moen to make his presence felt in his new NHL home. After scoring his first goal in his first game on his first shot as a Hab, Moen notched his second of the year just one game later. But that extra offense was merely the icing on the cake for what the veteran winger added to the lineup this season.
“My style of game is pretty simple,” explained the Stewart Valley, SK native, who scored the Cup-clinching goal for Anaheim in 2007. “I take pride in playing well defensively, killing penalties, finishing checks and standing up for my teammates. I’ll add as much offense as I can, too.”
One of the Canadiens’ top penalty killers in the regular season, Moen notched a team-high two shorthanded goals this year, adding another in Game 7 against the Penguins this spring. Making life miserable for opponents everywhere, the 28-year-old dished out one punishing body check after another in 2009-10, finishing behind only team-leader Maxim Lapierre with 161 hits.
Always willing to take one for the team, the hulking winger finished second among Habs forwards with 51 blocked shots in the campaign. Playing through pain that would sideline most players, Moen’s courage this March didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates. After taking an errant skate to the eye requiring nearly 50 stitches to close up the gruesome wound, Moen missed just one game, returning three days later to help the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over Florida.
“He such a warrior,” described Moen’s linemate Dominic Moore at the time. “I can’t say I was surprised to see him out there. Travis doesn’t need that scar to show the type of player he is. We already know it.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.See also
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