The Montreal Canadiens are a team that, in the past, would be knocked around with no consequences coming for the opponent afterwards. The mentality started to change towards the end of last year and came into full effect with the hiring of Marc Bergevin as the new general manager. He brought in character players (Armstrong, Bouillon and Prust) to help change the look of the Canadiens and add to the players that were already on the roster. Moen, Prust and White are just a few of the players on the Habs that are not afraid to step up for their teammates if need be. Through the first month of the season, these three have dropped the gloves to not only address the current game situation but make a statement to the rest of the league that they were not going to be pushed around by anyone.
Let’s take a look at their scraps so far:
1) January 19th: Prust vs Brown (TOR)
2) January 22nd: White vs Fleischmann (FLA)
3) January 24th: Prust vs Hendricks (WSH)
4) January 29th: Moen vs Thorburn (WPG)
5) January 30th: White vs Smith (OTT)
6) January 30th: Prust vs Neil (OTT)
The Canadiens may not win every fight but every player in that dressing room appreciates their teammate who is willing to drop the gloves and eat a few punches. Even when an extra penalty is tacked on to the fighting major, the penalty killers will work extra hard to kill it off for the guy in the box. A team is like a family, they have to take care of each other throughout the entire season. Fighting is just one part in doing so.