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The Canadiens got a pair of goals from Tomas Tatar, a player whose goalscoring abilities had been sorely needed since the play-in round. He entered the playoffs with four career playoff goals. He nearly matched that tally Friday, scoring half of his career playoff output in one game.
It took him slightly over a minute to break his playoff scoring drought, and he later added his second on the power play in the next period.
“It was nice to find the net,” Tatar said.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who some were prepared to write off (likely in jealousy of Brady Tkachuk two hours west), has been great for the Canadiens this postseason. The 20-year old has four playoff goals before the age of 21, tying him for fourth all-time among Habs players with the late, great Henri Richard.
“KK was outstanding tonight,” Canadiens forward Max Domi said.
Domi can pat himself on the back too after his three-assist performance. He played with Kotkaniemi and Jonathan Drouin after fans pleaded for him to get time with better players and not languish on the team’s fourth line. He especially loved getting to play with Drouin.
“It’s no secret Jo and I are very close off the ice,” Domi said. “We spend a lot of time away from the rink together. We love playing together. So, it was a lot of fun to get out there with him tonight.”
The team as a whole dominated with possession, scoring chances, and their speed which proved to be too much for Philly. It took their opponents most of their first period for them to get a shot on net.