The Montreal Canadiens continue to hold on to a top spot in the Eastern Conference standings, and a Wednesday comeback win over the Boston Bruins gave them the Northeast Division lead as well as second place in the conference. While many veteran players have had a hand in helping shoulder the offensive load this season, Tomas Plekanec has been one of the most consistent, and had three assists in the win over the Bruins.
Plekanec has spent his entire career with the Canadiens since being drafted in 2001. He has more than 150 career goals and nearly 400 career points, steadily contributing at least 20 goals per season for the Canadiens. He only missed one game last season, but his production dipped to just 17 goals which was his lowest season total so far. His resurgence this season has been huge for the Canadiens, and he trails only Max Pacioretty for the team lead in scoring.
The addition of Michael Ryder has boosted Plekanec’s production, as the two are joined by Brian Gionta on the Canadiens’ third line. Plekanec has also been one of the best performers on the power play, with four goals and 13 points for the Canadiens with the man-advantage. As Montreal tries to stay hot in the final month of the season, they will need a continued great effort from Plekanec, Pacioretty, Ryder and David Desharnais as well as rookies Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
The Canadiens and Bruins will meet again on Apr. 6, and the way things have gone this season the division lead could be on the line again.