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ROCKET SPORTS MEDIA — Good day there, of us! Again with one other version of my three stars of the week column!

Gamers will earn factors every time they seem as a star on this column and on the finish of the yr, I’ll award my three stars of the season.

Because the final version of this column, the Canadiens superior previous the Toronto Maple Leafs and have taken a 2-0 collection lead in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets. How did that occur? Listed below are my three stars of the week.

☆ THIRD STAR: Joel Edmundson

That is the primary look for Joel Edmundson in my column and it comes at an excellent time. Though Edmundson had a staggering plus-28 score within the common season, it felt to me as if he was the beneficiary of taking part in alongside Jeff Petry for a superb chunk of the season and that inflated his plus/minus consequently.

However within the playoffs, it was precisely the alternative. Petry struggled early on within the collection in opposition to the Leafs and Edmundson was a stabilizing presence that did a fairly good job of cleansing up messes within the Canadiens zone.

He has been the bodily presence we now have come to anticipate him to be and has been punishing the opposition forwards in battles alongside the boards and in entrance of the web. One specific play in recreation one which caught my eye was Edmundson shedding his stick because the Jets had been attacking however he used his power, taking the puck service to the boards and snuffing out the frenzy alternative.

On prime of that, it seems like his passing has been higher within the playoffs as properly. A man who virtually actually wouldn’t be characterised as a puck-moving defenceman making crisp outlet passes, just like the one which led to the attractive Nick Suzuki objective in recreation one in opposition to the Jets, was not what I anticipated to occur, however it has been a pleasant growth.

The Canadiens are relying closely on Edmundson, Petry, Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot. All of them deserve credit score for the job they’re doing, however Edmundson has actually stood out to me.

☆ SECOND STAR: Corey Perry

In years previous on a Montreal Canadiens energy play, there has often been one man who has persistently tried to get in entrance of the web and make the goalie’s life depressing and that has been the diminutive Brendan Gallagher. To not disparage Gallagher, who has actually pulled his weight, however you want multiple man to tackle that problem. Enter Corey Perry.

Having a bit of extra peak to successfully take away the goaltender’s view of the puck and possessing the power to make fast performs in tight round defenders and the goalie, Perry has been enormous of late attending to the soiled areas and paying the worth.

He scored the opening objective in recreation six in opposition to the Leafs, scored the sport winner off his leg in recreation seven and had a gorgeous help to Eric Staal in recreation one in opposition to the Jets. Perry and his linemates, Staal and Joel Armia have been a very efficient trio and each Perry and Staal have introduced some good management to the group.

Perry is only a ache to play in opposition to, he’s a goaltender’s worst nightmare, he battles exhausting along with his opposition each evening and does all of the belongings you would anticipate of a savvy veteran ahead.

The Habs will want Perry to proceed his agitating methods and for his chemistry with Staal and Armia to proceed to shine by means of.

☆ FIRST STAR: Carey Worth

Three consecutive first star appearances for Carey Worth, as a result of it merely wouldn’t be honest to have anybody above him. He’s the explanation the Canadiens received previous the Toronto Maple Leafs, he’s the explanation they’ve a 2-0 lead within the collection in opposition to the Jets. He has been merely magnificent. Sure, there have been contributions from others, however Worth has been the steadying presence at all times there to make a giant save.

Worth recorded his eighth profession playoff shutout in recreation two in opposition to Winnipeg in a 1-0 victory for the Canadiens. One objective was all that was required for Worth to get the Canadiens out of Manitoba with a stranglehold on the collection. Even in recreation one when the Canadiens gave him extra run help Worth was excellent, making a surprising blocker save on Mark Scheifele, amongst different outstanding saves.

The Canadiens skaters discovered a superb stage of play because the collection in opposition to Toronto went alongside, however it was Worth who gave them the chance to settle into that collection. And even then, in extra time of recreation six, the photographs had been 13-2, so even because the Canadiens discovered their footing, Worth was the most important think about them getting right here.

The extent of play has continued to be stable in opposition to the Jets, extra structured and clicking at a better stage than it has at some other level this season, however it’s all centered round Carey Worth being Carey Worth.

Carey Worth continues to be magnificent and as such he continues to be my first star.

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