The Montreal Canadiens have made their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Philadelphia Flyers a bit more interesting. What’s more interesting is when you break down a trade that felt like so long ago. Even more interesting when the trade pays off.
night’s third star, Canadiens forward Tom Pyatt,
propelled the Habs passed the Flyers with force.
Bob Gainey must have known something Glen Sather and the New York
Rangers didn’t. Pyatt, who was dealt from the New York Rangers
to Montreal on June 30th, 2009 along with Scott Gomez in a seven player trade to open enough room
to acquire star sniper Marian Gaborik, was the story of the show in Montreal.
And the home crowd loved
it. The white towels were waiving ferociously behind the home team last night giving the Montreal faithful little time to rest their arms as Montreal went on to defeat Philadelphia by a final of 5-1 in Game 3.
Yes, current Conn Smythe candidates Jaroslav Halak and
Michael Cammalleri did their parts, but it was Pyatt who truly
stood out amongst the regulars.
The Canadiens fourth line forward
took 23 shifts for a total of 15:53 ice time. However, the stats that
truly stand out were his one goal, one assist and plus-1 rating. His
first period tally would prove to be the eventual game winning goal and
his performance was worthy of getting the nod as one of the three stars
of the game. Pyatt, along with agitating bottom six forward Maxim
Lapierre, combined for three of the fifteen points earned on the
night by Habs skaters.
Young defenseman P.K. Subban, who is filling in for the injured Andrei Markov, collected three assists on the
evening to lead all Habs skaters in points for the game.
all that was put aside when the three stars of the night were
announced. Pyatt, who has been playing and is known for a more defensive
type game, earned his second goal of these 2010 Playoffs and skated out
in front of the home crowd to a standing ovation when announced as the third star of
the game. It was quite a performance for Pyatt who tied his point totals from the regular season, where he appeared in 40 games with Montreal.
But for Pyatt, scoring goals is not something new. During his OHL days
as a member of the Saginaw Spirit, he appeared in 240 games and scored
94 goals. The highlight of his time in juniors came in 2006-07 where
Pyatt scored 43 goals, added 38 assists capping out with 81 points in
only 58 games played.
Of course he never lived up to those numbers however, he became an
effective bottom six forward during his time spent in the AHL with the
Rangers affiliate, the Hartford WolfPack. But now, his hard work is paying off and paying dividends for one of the
most historic franchises in all of sports history.
Not bad for a nights work, eh?