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04-02-2014, 11:00 PM
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Some have mentioned 5 on 5 scoring as a tipping point for the series, so I looked at the Habs' numbers since the Vanek acquisition... Not including empty net goals since Vanek's first game, the Habs' have been outscored 27-26 5 on 5. Average at best. With Vanek in vs. PHX/SJ/BOS the team got crushed 10 - 2 while 5 on 5 those 3 games (not inlcuding the SH goal against vs. SJ).

The optimist can say that since then the Habs' have outscored their opponents 24 - 17 while 5 on 5. The pessimist can point out that they played Buf x2, FLA, CLB, TOR, OTT, and DET who are bubble teams or worse during that positive stretch. They also played COL/BOS/TBay and actually did outscore 4 - 3 while 5 on 5 those 3 games, but I felt they got outplayed pretty badly vs. Bos/Tbay and took a ton of penalties both games.

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