Ryan Poehling made a spectacular debut for the Montreal Canadiens and had an immediate impact as he scored three goals and added the winning goal in the shootout to give the Canadiens a 6-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He received a standing ovation from the crowd of the Bell Centre and was named the first star of the game as fans kept chanting his name and applauding his performance after the victory.
Poehling signed with the Canadiens last weekend after his St. Cloud State team was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA hockey championships and now everyone in Montreal is excited to count him as a member of the Habs.
Poehling, who was drafted in the first round by the Habs back in 2017, was inserted into the lineup after the Canadiens were officially eliminated from playoff contention Friday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets got the two points they needs in a win over the New York Rangers. Now, the Habs fans already want to see more of him.
However, the young forward had a message for the Canadiens fans: don’t expect him to pull off this kind of performance every night.
“I just want to put it out there that I’m not going to do that every night.”
Across the NHL, it is well-known that the Montreal fans can be quite intense and demanding of the team. Some harass players as they go out to grocery shop and it’s just too much.
We think Poehling was right to bring people back to Earth even if it shows that he might be nervous and scared of the pressure in a hockey market like Montreal. What do you think?