Granted, it came against an Ottawa Senators team that is still finding itself, but the Montreal Canadiens response Tuesday night to their 6-3 loss in Toronto was more than emphatic.
The Senators had maybe five legitimate scoring chances in the game, and on every one Carey Price was there to shut the door in posting his first shutout of the season, and his first since April 1 in a 3-0 win over these same Sens.
Christopher Higgins' first career hat trick may be the trigger needed for him to go on a little streak here, and the Habs showed some real character in playing what was likely their best game of the season when they needed it most.
Higgins had nine two-goal games in his career coming into Tuesday, and I was convinced this was going to be his 10th. But when presented with a breakaway from centre ice - ample time to overthink what he was going to do and ultimately blow it - Higgins made no mistake. I'm not so sure he scores that goal last season, when he often thouhgt himself into prolonged slumps.
If this is a sign of a maturing Higgins, one who could possibly pot 30-35 goals, that's good news for the Habs.
Also, in case no one has noticed, that's points in three straight games for Sergei Kostitsyn.