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Avs player grades in 3-2 OT win over Montreal



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When I think about those nights in Montreal, I get the sweetest thoughts of you and me…

Avs grades from 3-2 OT win, 15 in a row at home

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Jack Johnson: B – Good work in his own zone especially in the corners and grinding it out. Can’t say too much about the Johnson and Johnson line beside: “steady.” And, if JJ not one of the great PTO pickups of the offseason? Who wants to argue with me?

Erik Johnson: B – Almost took out Kuemper late in the second but had another consistent game with three shots and four hits. Comeback Player of the Year in the NHL to this point.

Devon Toews: A – Girard’s and his passing on the power play was a thing of beauty. Just another night of No. 7 adding three assists. He now has 23 for the season. He’s a serious candidate for the Norris Trophy – just like his partner, Cale Makar.

Cale Makar: B – Cale is like a Great White shark out there, kind of always sashaying around in stealth mode, until he powers out of nowhere to destroy prey. Tonight wasn’t quite that kind of night for No. 8, but he was still a worrisome presence out there for Habs defenders.

Mikhail Maltsev: C – Only 7:08 minutes tonight and a couple of shots. Not costing the team with mistakes at least.

Valeri Nichushkin: A – Come on ride the train, it’s the choo choo train! Big Val is back. Big Val scores, and dishes up that sweet, sweet sauce to Landy for the OT winner. He is such a big presence in front of the net and just punched it in for his marker. This man is going to get paid this summer.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel: C – He was late getting back on the 2-1 that led to the Canadiens first goal of the game. That explains the C.

Tyson Jost: C – Coughed up the puck in his own zone a few times tonight. He was a minus-1 and only had one shot.

Alex Newhook: A – Beautiful shot on the power play. Just keep it going now. He had four shots on net and played with intensity.

Logan O’Connor: D – Late on the backcheck on the Suzuki tying goal. A bit off tonight for some reason. He’ll get his groove back.

Nathan MacKinnon: B – He makes entering the zone look so easy, with his hippity-hop steps. It doesn’t matter who the team is, he gets into the zone. Led the team with seven shots on net and drew a high-sticking call.

J.T. Compher: C+ – Finished with almost 15 minutes and one shot. 

Sam Girard: A – Looked like the touch pass to Newhook is something they might have practiced a time or two. He kept his head up on the second goal of the game as well getting the pass to Nichushkin. Make that 19 assists now on the season for La Tornade.

Kurtis MacDermid: B- He had some good defensive plays out there tonight. He’s seeing an uptick in ice time, but Bednar limited him to just under eight minutes tonight. No dance partners tonight. 

Nazem Kadri: C – His double-minor proved costly. First average game in a while. Hey, he’s human.

Gabe Landeskog: B – Fairly quiet night from the Captain – until the team needed him most in overtime, and then he became Captain, Oh My Captain again. 

Andre Burakovsky: C – His pass on the offside goal was great, had it counted. Besides that not much offense from him.

Mikko Rantanen: C+ – Average night for the Moose, but that’s still better than most players.

Darcy Kuemper B – He almost had that odd-man rush goal, but there wasn’t much he could do on the second goal. The Canadiens started peppering him with 30 shots on net and Kemps came up big in the end. 

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Hippity-hop steps–right on. We seem to be getting a lot of breaks now. Makes me a little nervous.

Frank Fish

I wish I had a teacher this generous while in school. 😉 The amount of high grades here is a bit surprising given how the Avs gave up about 37 odd-man rushes in this game. We were very fortunate to win this game tonight.

Adrian Dater

I’m gonna respectfully take the other side here Frankie. I thought Avs outplayed Habs most of night, just didn’t put home a couple other easy ones early. I thought they played fine really.


nice writing and good grades! Kemps was in perfect position on that first goal, but the puck just found its way through, as pucks are wont to do.


I just watched the game again. Mackinnon is so awesome!

People do not realize how lucky they are to witness his hockey skills. I watched Gretzky with amazement. He couldn’t skate like Nate. Not even close.

this might be the year.


Aaron Rud

Jack Johnson has been a great pickup. I’m already hoping they keep him next year. Anyone who knows his story should be pulling for him.


Rantanen and Landedkog played terribly. MacKinnon was the only player worth anything on the top line. Rants and Landy looked lazy and entitled all night. Landy’s goal wasn’t even noteworthy, he did almost no work on that play. These guys need to be our most productive players, and they simply weren’t.

These close games with bottom feeding teams are starting to worry me.


They need to play less. All season over 20-minute ice time, it’s starting to show now when they play a lot.

Jordan Leonard

We always play down to the level of our opponents, these close games against the bottom feeders have come after said teams played very well against other top teams. Landy and Mikko were fine, and no one should expect the top line to always score. Every team, every top line, is going to have several games in a season that they won’t score on. That is why depth scoring is such a huge need for every team, and why it is good for us that we good depth

Jordan Leonard

Don’t think we should blame Kadri for the double minor and give him a lower grade then he deserves. It isn’t his fault the rules are messed up. The ONLY reason the high stick happened was because of the actions of the Canadien player when he committed his penalty. It is ridiculous that a player who is being held or interfered with still gets a penalty because he “didn’t control his stick”. Like, there are going to be things that make it impossible to control the stick, and a penalty being committed against you are one of those times. Should… Read more »

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