Senators’ Brady Tkachuk has career-best game against the Canadiens
There will be a time, it has to be believed, when Connor McDavid is established as a permanent playoff contender. Of the two immensely powerful forces at work – McDavid’s unparalleled talent and the limitations of the Edmonton Oilers franchise – this optimist chooses to believe that the greatest player on the planet will single-handedly replace those problems and overcome all that. who held it back. in the first phase of his career.
We may be where we are now, but only until we know for sure that we’ll turn our attention to the next underserved star held up by deadlines, trajectories, mismanagement, managerial incompetence, or all. which prevents them from seeing a sniff of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
While there are a lot of applicants, would it be a surprise if Brady Tkachuk was this guy?
If you happened to catch the Ottawa Senators shootout victory over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night (which turned out to be much more substantial than previously believed), you know the Stanley Cup Playoffs are a stage built for a man like Tkachuk.
A night that featured multiple goals, bloody knuckles, broken teeth and a milestone, as the 21-year-old force of nature became the youngest in history to score 50 with the franchise, Tkachuk’s performance was a throwback to an earlier era.
If the stakes had been higher than, well, what would really amount to a draw in a season cut short in February for the Senators organization and its fans, this was the kind of performance that would live on forever. of the Senators.
“Brady Tkachuk got us into this battle,” Senators coach DJ Smith said of his star forward. “I don’t know if he had a better game since he’s been here.”
“It’s the best game I’ve seen him play, hands down,” added defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
So let’s give performance an appropriate recognition.
Many NHL players have the potential to score a few goals.
Tkachuk did, scoring his fourth career multi-goal game with an equalizer that would set the stage for Ottawa’s overtime victory.
Some are tough enough to demand to get back on the ice immediately after having several teeth smashed by a stray stick.
Tkachuk did, immediately taking into account the power play he gained with blood still spurting from his mouth and a smile forever damaged by Shea Weber’s strength.
Few are those who have the capacity to take matters into their own hands against all clients.
Tkachuk did so, earning retribution from rookie Tim Stutzle with a punch sharp enough to break the skin of Ben Chiarot, the intimidating opponent who pushed his teammate and roommate headfirst into the ice a few weeks ago. .
And to Tkachuk’s credit, there’s probably just the one with the kind of good nature and humility to sit in the penalty area, just in his shoulder pads, to laugh at it like he did.
This, my friends, was pic Brady Tkachuk – at its best and most entertaining, in a game spurred only by the fact that it featured regional rivalry.
Imagine the effort and the fun, when the balls really do fly a few years later.
Make it happen, Ottawa.
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