Who needs Mats Sundin when the Habs found their biggest off-season acquisition right in their own backyard?
That would be the new and improved Maxim Lapierre, who is carving himself out quite the niche as one of the league's elite pests.
The Toronto Maple Leafs were so thrown off their game by Lapierre's jawing, they were more concerned with running him than getting back in the game. The result? A 6-1 drubbing at the Bell Centre while the Leafs tried to turn the second period into a slugfest, largely triggered by Lapierre's agitating ways.
In a way, he's taken the place of Darcy Tucker in this rivalry, and I'm sure as elated Montreal fans are to be watching Lapierre induce this degree of hatred from the Leafs, he is reviled in Toronto, just like Tucker was here.
Lapierre's emergence this year could have the equivalent effect of last year's coming out party for Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn, because he's also bringing Guillaume Latendresse along for the ride.
Now if only the Canadiens could find an enforcer so Tom Kostopoulos wouldn't feel obligated to get his head bashed in whenever things get a little out of hand, like he did with Jamal Mayers Thursday night. That way the Lapierre line could stay intact without losing an integral piece for five minutes at a time while Kostopoulos ices his noggin in the penalty box.
What's that? The Canadiens do have an enforcer? What's his name again?
The blowout also gave Yannick Weber a perfect opportunity to get his feet wet, and I'd say he did a pretty good job, even earning a few even strength shifts on defence late in the game. The power play made an adjustment to accomodate his right-handed shot on the right point, with Alex Kovalev trying to tee up one-timers for him from the right half boards.
Though he didn't produce much it would be an interesting twist to throw at the league's penalty kill coaches because it's something they're not used to seeing from the Habs, and I'd really like to see Weber in a game where his nerves aren't eating him up inside.
Finally, that's two solid outings in two nights for Jaroslav Halak, which is encouraging, but only really proves he needs to work on his consistency.