Juraj Slafkovsky clearly deserves more overtime opportunities

Last night we were invited to enjoy a great hockey game at the Bell Center between the Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers.

This 4-3 win for CH was clearly one of the best games, if not the best, for the Habs this season.

In addition to Samuel Montembeault and his incredible performance in front of the net, another player caught my attention throughout the game, although he did not score any points.

I am referring here to Juraj Slafkovsky.

In fact, the Slovak CH winger had another very strong game, managing to stand out in almost all of his appearances.

We know that since Slaf has been on the front line, he has gained a lot of confidence and is playing very good hockey, which really gives CH fans hope for the future in his development.

Not only does he complement the Habs’ two best forwards, Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield, very well, but more often than not he is the one leading the charge for the trio and creating the scoring opportunities.

Therefore, Slafkovsky is not a simple complement to the first trio.

Over time, he has become a key piece in the success of this trio.

The 19-year-old Slovakian is progressing at high speed at the moment and he shows it game by game, as he gains confidence and tries more and more out-of-the-ordinary plays, something he didn’t do before.

Here are his best moments with the puck in the game.

Furthermore, what is also important to highlight in Slaf’s game is that he increasingly stands out without the puck.

In fact, as Grant McCagg explains, Slafkovsky gets involved effectively when he doesn’t have the puck, and that makes him a reliable player on both sides of the ice.

In short, Slafkovsky is improving in all aspects of his game and it shows.

Martin St-Louis trusts him and dedicates much more time to him than before.

The only point of criticism in St-Louis’ use of Slaf is the Slovakian’s ice time in overtime.

In a game where Slafkovsky was again very good, he clearly deserved more chances in overtime, especially considering the injured key players who are missing and would clearly play in overtime (Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook).

In a rebuilding season, it’s time to test Slaf in all the seats, and one of his possibilities should be extension.

Slafkovsky only entered the fight with less than a minute left in overtime.

Despite this, he managed to stand out greatly in only about twenty seconds.

With such a small presence, Slaf managed to damage Alexis Lafrenière on his fake while alone in front of Montembeault, and managed to snatch the puck away from K’Andre Miller thanks to excellent pressure, which even led to a penalty.

Unfortunately, there were only 11 seconds left in overtime and therefore the CH did not have time to take advantage of this numerical advantage, but if the Habs had to score with this numerical superiority, all the credit would have gone to the summer in Slafkovsky. .

In short, it is now clear that for the next few times CH finds itself in overtime, Slafkovsky clearly deserves to take the ice more than once, and this, before the final minute.

He showed enough in just 20 seconds.

Seriously, who wouldn’t jump with excitement among CH fans to see Juraj Slafkovsky score the winning goal in extra time?

A lot

– Happy birthday to Chris Wideman, who, despite everything, is still a player for the Montreal Canadiens. Today he blows out 34 candles.

– The Rocket will be in action this afternoon.

– Former CH, Denis Gurianov, returned to the NHL last night, when he faced his former team, the Dallas Stars.

– However, there would be no reason to complain.

– He does it again.

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