Watch Suzuki Hits 70 Points With A Laser

Suzuki sizzles a snipe past Florida Panthers goaltender Anthony Stolarz for his 70th point of the campaign

Florida Panthers v Montreal Canadiens
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Montreal Canadiens captain Nick Suzuki has been on a tear this season, and he continued his scoring ways on Tuesday night.

Suzuki sat one point short of hitting the 70-point plateau, heading into the Canadiens matchup against the Florida Panthers. If not for the Habs high-compete level and never-die attitude, the Panthers might not have looked so dejected. But Suzuki and the Habs gave the playoff bound Panthers more than they could handle with a 5-3 win.

Suzuki's first of two goals on the night came off a breakdown in the Panthers defensive zone, and he ended up wide open with nobody within two feet. He made a quick decision to fire the puck towards the net, utilizing his quick release to beat Stolarz and even up the score at 2-2.

Suzuki wasn't happy with 30 goals so he decided to change that quickly. He was keen on getting back on the scoresheet after the team was shut out by the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. His wicked snapshot has become a real weapon in his game.

31 goals was a nice number, but Suzuki wasn't finished there. On the powerplay, he played the netfront screen to perfection. While Stolarz (6 foot 7) is much taller than Suzuki (5 foot 11), the Canadiens captain got his stick on a smart point shot from Matheson for his 32nd goal of the year and 71st point.

Suzuki has been nothing less than brilliant this season because he has become more confident in his shot. But his line has been the best on the team for the entire season, and his wingers just keep getting better. Juraj Slafkovsky continues to be dominant in the puck retrieval game and Cole Caufield's passing game, which was already good, has become a staple of his game.

With 71 points and counting, Suzuki is one point shy of the most points in a season by a Canadiens player since 2018-19. Max Domi was the last player to score more than 70 points (72) a career-best for the 2013 12th overall pick. Suzuki will very likely pass it, and possibly reach the 75-point mark, which should have the Habs brass excited for next year and beyond.

With eight games remaining, regardless of what his production looks like to finish off the year, he is having a much-deserved career year. With the offence still being built up, some pieces are likely to depart and some will be added, meaning he could still become a point-per-game player. I would also expect that Caufield will have more than 21 goals at this time next season, which will pad Suzuki's assists number.

The Canadiens MVP, in my opinion of course just keeps getting better and 71 points likely isn't his best.