It was just one of several incredible sequences of play Jonathan Drouin’s offered since becoming a Montreal Canadien this past summer. With a little less than six minutes remaining in the first period of his team’s 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, Drouin corralled the puck along the left boards of his own zone. Knights forward Cody Eakin came at him at full speed, and Drouin calmly waited for Eakin’s stick-check, deked Eakin inside out, passed to Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry and sped out of the Canadiens zone. Petry launched a wrist-shot pass waist-high at Drouin, as the centre was streaking through the neutral zone, and Drouin knocked it down, mostly with the shaft of his stick, and fired it just over the net. "He’s [expletive] amazing," said teammate Torrey Mitchell after Wednesday’s practice. "Who is?" asked Jacob De La Rose. "Drouin," replied Mitchell. "Did you see that play? Everyone’s panicking in our zone, and he’s just so patient. He turns the guy into a pylon and takes off and then makes that insane play. Can you imagine if he had scored on that?" "He’s really good," said De La Rose. It just so happens that part of that pass from Petry appeared to catch Drouin’s left thumb. He went to the bench and put some ice on it.
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