Five skaters team up for incredible power play goal

The Montreal Canadiens’ pre-season is off to a good start and they are playing their second exhibition game tonight.

Their first preseason game was a lifeless effort against the Toronto Maple Leafs that ended in a 4-1 loss to Toronto. The Canadiens then had their annual Red vs White game in front of a lively crowd of 7,500 at the Bell Center.

The Habs will face the Maple Leafs tonight in a rematch at the Bell Center and in the first period alone, they showed more promise than Saturday night.

The Canadians had four power plays to work with in the first period with the new cross-control playing to their advantage. They were able to take advantage of a lucky rebound when Josh Anderson rushed past the Maple Leafs defense and fired a wrist shot over Jack Campbell’s shoulder.

Then came their second power play goal and it was absolutely magnificent.

Jonathan Drouin starts the game with the high puck in the Maple Leafs zone. He walks away and dodges pressure from Ilya Mikheyev and slips a backhand pass to Josh Anderson in the high lunge.

Anderson doesn’t have much time as he’s caught flat with the puck on his backhand, but he pulls it away from his opponent on his hip and brings it back to the top of the point where Chris Wideman is parked.

Wideman wastes no time, reading the play before the puck arrives and passing Joel Armia.

Armia takes a quick glance at all the open ice in front of him and sees Drouin descend further down into the attack zone. He hesitates just long enough for a path to open between him and Drouin and pulls a quick pass through the offensive zone.

Drouin, who comes down low opens his shoulders to receive the pass and leans low for a perfect touch towards the front of the net.

Christian Dvorak is right at the top of the crease and quickly turns his hips to face the front of the net and is not mistaken in redirecting Drouin’s pass to the back of the net.

The Canadiens’ power play was hit or miss last season, going through long periods of drought, but then finding the back of the net at the right time for most of the playoffs. It remains to be seen what Wideman’s role on this team will be, but the four forwards on the ice for this power-play beauty could form a pretty electric second unit behind Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, Mike Hoffman, Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Petry.

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