Charles Hudon may not have scored the game-winning goal, but his assist in overtime stole the show. He made a highlight-reel pass to Tomas Plekanec in the extra frame as the Montreal Canadians beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday to snap a three-game losing skid.
From the beginning Coach Claude Julien asked us to win the battles along the boards, said Hudon, with his side changing, Hudon skated past the blue line into the Devils zone and held the puck along the half wall. The Canadians rookie got pinned there by New Jersey’s PavelZacha and Sami Vatanen but still kept possession.
By Blake Coleman approaching, Hudon managed to get free and poked the puck to a streaking Plekanec, who beat Cory Schneider five-hole at 1:52 for his first goal in 18 games.
Plekanec was planning to go for five-hole I was just hoping it wasn’t going to bounce over my stick when he passed it to me. Hudon made a great play winning that battle.
Andrew Shaw said: “That is the extra effort that we wanted from the guys. He just happens to get his stick loose and made a great play.”
In the Canadians uniform, this was the Shaw 100th game.