Montreal Canadiens playing larger than life heading into playoffs

Max Pacioretty celebrates a goal with his teammates against the Detroit Red Wings on April 5, 2014....

Max Pacioretty celebrates a goal with his teammates against the Detroit Red Wings on April 5, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:24 AM ET

MONTREAL - There have been some justified knocks on the Montreal Canadiens over the last few years.

Too small up front to make a difference when it came to the heavy slogging and getting to the net was one criticism.

Another: awful when it came to 5-on-5 on play.

They’ve only been in the top half of the league in even-strength scoring twice in the salary cap era (13th in 2007-08 and sixth in the 48-game season last year) and have been pretty awful this season until recently.


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