One hungry offense
|Mark Napier was busy scoring 40 goals the last time the Canadiens ranked among the NHL's top offenses back in 1982-83.
Montreal’s 5-1 win over the Thrashers on Tuesday marked the 11th time the Canadiens had earned buffalo wings for their fans. The five-goal mark has also been a recipe for success this year with the Habs rocking a perfect 11-0 record on those high-scoring nights.
The Canadiens’ huge victory over Atlanta also lifted them over the 200-goal mark, joining the high-powered Senators and Red Wings among the NHL’s most dangerous offenses.
With the Habs playing a tighter, more defensive style in recent years, the last time the Canadiens ranked in the league’s top three at this point of the season was back when Pac-Man broke onto the scene back in the early 1980s.
Should Guy Carbonneau’s crew surpass the Sens and Wings this season to claim the league’s scoring crown, it would mark the first time the Habs turned the trick since 1979-80. That year, the Canadiens pumped in 328 goals, including 33 games with five or more goals. Cholesterol anyone?
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com