Montreal Canadiens Three Stars Against Chicago Blackhawks

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Second Star: Tomas Plekanec

Jan 11, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec (14) during the over time period period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Stats lie. All the time. If you looks at Plekanec’s stats from last night you will immediately see that he had no goals, no assists, no points and was minus 1. If you watched the game you would have seen that he was absolutely fantastic.

Plekanec was saddled with Travis Moen and Brian Gionta as his wingers, and although this line would struggle to provide offense, they were given the not so envious task of shutting down the best line in hockey.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa were all named Olympians earlier this week, and form a fearsome trio. Plekanec would go head to head with Selke Trophy winner Toews, and would come out on top in this battle. Toews line would combine on the Hawks only goal of the night, but were frustrated by Plekanec time and time again when trying to create offense.

Plekanec also had one of the greatest shifts I have ever seen in my life at the beginning of overtime. He stripped the puck from Toews, had three shots on net and created all kinds of pressure that led indirectly to the game winning goal. He ended the night with 11 shots on net if you can believe it.

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