Good things come in threes
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Already combining for 22 points in just eight games this year, the Andrei Kostitysn-Michael Cammalleri-Tomas Plekanec trio isn’t showing any signs of stopping. With a goal apiece and five points between them, the Habs’ snipers finished Monday night in familiar fashion: as the first, second and third stars, respectively.
“I’m just trying to be in front of the net and look for the rebound. Sometimes I look for the nice play, but it’s better if I shoot,” explained Kostitsyn, who captured his third first star nod in the last four games by notching the overtime-winner. “All three guys are in top shape and we feel good with each other. We’re making great plays and we’re scoring goals. I feel great and I’m happy.”
Opening the scoring in the first period, Plekanec set the tone for things to come. Despite his impressive start to the campaign, the speedy center was more interested in heaping a little more praise onto his sharp-shooting linemate.
“[Andrei’s] playing great so far and you can see the difference in our team. He makes things happen,” described the 27-year-old center. “We’re seeing a lot of good things from him and that’s what we need. We got the two points, we’ll take the win and now we’ll focus on the next game.”
Heading into their fourth year as linemates, Plekanec and Kostitsyn know exactly what to expect from one another. And with a year of experience playing with Cammalleri added to the mix, the trio is having no problem connecting on all levels.
“I was excited coming into this year about our line,” offered Cammalleri, who potted 26 goals in 65 games last season. “I think that as a group, we played with a whole lot of different combinations last year, not knowing one another and by the end of the year, I felt like us three kind of settled in.”
While the three linemates may not have been together in the womb or spent their formative years playing one-on-one together on the backyard rink, Cammy is starting to see some similarities between his line and another explosive trio.
“I’ll reference the Sedin twins. These guys have played every shift of their lives together and they just seem to know each other,” mentioned Cammalleri of the Canucks All-Stars. “They’re just a second ahead of the defender and the puck ends up in the net more often than not.
“We’ve found ways to complement one another,” he added. “I’m a big believer that the longer you stay together, the more chemistry you can build and the more dynamic you can be offensively.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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