|PHILLIP DANAULT, Canadiens|
|BEST IN CLASS (3-ZONE CARRY)|
For fans of the Montreal Canadiens, there’s no treat in hockey quite like seeing one of their own, in particular when he’s a flying Frenchman, execute a coast-to-coast rush for a goal.
Though on this occasion it didn’t happen at the Bell Centre, Phillip Danault’s incredible 3-zone exploit was achieved on Canadien soil.
In a free-wheeling affair with Winnipeg, Danault gave the Canadiens a 5-2 lead over the Jets in the second period in a game they’d eventually win, 7-4.
Encountering token resistance as he skated the puck from deep in his end across the red line, Danault veered past Dustin Byfuglien at the Winnipeg blue line and cut to the middle of the ice in full acceleration. With his path to the goal mostly clear he let loose with a sharp snap shot just inside the middle of the left circle that beat goalie Michael Hutchinson cleanly.
Though not quite a trans-Canada goal, it was a true coast-to-coast spectacle pulled off by Quebec native Danault. A certain generation of Habs fans no doubt was happy to see that familiar sight of yore passed down to the team’s current faithful.
|1/11/2017 vs. Winnipeg|