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Canadiens’ Tyler Toffoli’s Goal Makes Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck Look Silly

Tyler Toffoli has been gold for the Montreal Canadiens this season. His 17 goals are second in the NHL to Auston Matthews. How good is he?

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When the Montreal Canadiens signed Tyler Toffoli this offseason, they were happy. But they didn’t know how happy the organization would be. People expected a goal scorer, but no one expected the extent to which Toffoli would score goals this season.

Tonight’s 4-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets was a case in point. The Canadiens’ newcomer scored two goals and added an assist in Monday night’s 4-2 win over the Jets. The goals came at even strength in the second period and on an empty-net goal late in the game. The 28-year-old Toffoli also registered an assist on teammate Josh Anderson’s power-play goal during the second period.

Tyler Toffoli, Montreal Canadiens

The three-point night now puts Toffoli at 17 goals and nine assists (for 26 points) in 28 games. He’s been a great addition to the Canadiens’ lineup, and he doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. He just keeps pumping the puck at the net – with great results.

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Toffoli Is a Slick Player with the Puck

One goal stands out in particular of the game’s goals. On this goal, Toffoli intercepted an errant pass from Neal Pionk to score a beautiful goal on Connor Hellebuyck; and, as he was scoring the goal, he simply made Hellebuyck look silly.

In the video below, you can see the Canadiens’ winger intercept a poorly conceived pass from the Jets’ great defenseman Pionk and skate in on a totally helpless Hellebuyck for the goal.

When Will Toffoli Cool Off?

Only the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews has scored more goals than Toffoli has scored so far this season. Toffoli’s pace is likely to cool down sometime soon, right? Perhaps not.

Whatever happens, the Canadiens seem to have found themselves a strong young winger. Moves like Toffoli demonstrated against the reigning Vezina Trophy winner don’t become highlight-reel viewings everyday. 

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