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You're a beauty, Tomas!

Tomas Tatar has played just 72 of his 499 career NHL games in a Canadiens uniform, but he's already a beloved player in Montreal

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - It didn't take Tomas Tatar long to become a fan favorite in Montreal.

The start of the regular season was still several weeks away when the Slovak sniper impressed the Bell Centre faithful with this dandy of a shootout goal on Antti Niemi during the Red vs. White Scrimmage on September 16.

Video: RED vs WHITE: Tatar's sweet penalty shot goal

Ten days later, Tatar scored this beauty in the Habs' penultimate preseason game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Talk about a pretty individual effort…

Video: TOR@MTL: Tatar buries PPG from the circle

When the games finally began to count in the standings, Tatar delivered his first multi-goal game of the season on October 13 against Pittsburgh.

Video: PIT@MTL: Tatar sneaks a quick shot in from the slot

Video: PIT@MTL: Tatar nets a PPG for his second of the night

He followed that up with a three-point showing against the Detroit Red Wings on October 15, lighting the lamp once and adding two assists.

Video: DET@MTL: Tatar scores on fortuitous deflection

Video: DET@MTL: Gallagher pots Tatar's drop pass

We all remember the events of November 1, when the Canadiens rallied to down the defending Stanley Cup champions on home turf.

Tatar connected with Brendan Gallagher on this highlight-reel goal during the middle frame.

Video: WSH@MTL: Tatar, Gallagher connect for sweet goal

Just a few days later, Tatar began a remarkable scoring stretch during which he would find the back of the net six times in six games.

He kicked things off with a two-goal performance at Madison Square Garden on November 6.

Video: MTL@NYR: Tatar scores 23 seconds into the game

Video: MTL@NYR: Tatar nets redirection for his second goal

Come November 10, Tatar netted his first game-winning goal as a member of the Canadiens. 

It came against the team that dealt him to Montreal back in September.

Video: VGK@MTL: Tatar scores on deflection to give Habs lead

We really, really liked this breakaway marker one week later in Vancouver. 

Goaltender Jacob Markstrom didn't stand a chance when Tatar let his wrist shot go after taking a perfect feed from defenseman Jeff Petry.

Video: MTL@VAN: Tatar scores breakaway goal off Petry's pass

His final goal in November was also a sweet one, particularly because it came against the rival Boston Bruins.

Video: BOS@MTL: Tatar buries Shaw's dish to knot the score

Tatar kicked off December in style with a highlight-reel assist on a breakaway goal by captain Shea Weber shortly after his return to active duty.

He also scored a goal, adding to his 28th birthday celebration.

Video: NYR@MTL: Tatar sets up Weber after getting tripped

Then came this tip-in strike with just 77 seconds left in regulation to put the Canadiens over the top in Chicago on December 9.

Video: MTL@CHI: Tatar redirects shot to give Canadiens lead

On December 28 in Sunrise, Tatar was relentless against the Florida Panthers and goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Video: MTL@FLA: Tatar scores in game's opening minute

Video: MTL@FLA: Tatar strikes on power play for second goal

After getting off to a slow start to begin 2019, Tatar came up big in Columbus on January 18.

Video: MTL@CBJ: Tatar cleans up Weber's rebound in front

Video: MTL@CBJ: Tatar goes top shelf for second goal

On January 20, he dazzled the fans in Montreal who braved a wicked winter storm to attend the club's Skills Competition.

Tatar went 4-for-4 during the shooting accuracy portion of the event.

Video: Tomas Tatar goes 4/4, wins Accuracy Shooting event

Among Tatar's six goals in February, we believe this stellar maneuver in Michigan late in the month was the best of the best.

Video: MTL@DET: Tatar fights off defender and beats Howard

And on March 1, we wholeheartedly appreciated this crazy feed to Gallagher for a tally in Manhattan.

Video: MTL@NYR: Gallagher scores off pass from Tatar

Take a bow, Tuna! You've certainly earned it.

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