It was a back-and-forth Game 1 between Tampa Bay and Montreal Wednesday night – and an up and down game for the Canadiens’ Dale Weise.
First, he put himself on the low-light reel with this hit-and-miss bodycheck on Lightning rookie Cedric Paquette. (And actually, the most eye-popping part of this video is how close Weise’s skate comes to J.T. Brown’s face.)
(That gif is courtesy @PeteBlackburn who, if you’re not yet following, you should)
But later on, he went and totally redeemed himself.
In his 179-game NHL career, Weise has a grand total of 13 goals, with a career high of six this season between Montreal and Vancouver. In fact, being acquired by Montreal from Vancouver via trade this season may have been the best thing to ever happen to Weise. In just 17 regular season games with the team, he scored three goals, which on its own would have been one shy of his previous career high.
Last night Weise played in his seventh career playoff game, though he had never scored a goal – or even a point – before. But of course, now that he’s a goal scorer in Montreal, of course he’d be the one to score the overtime winner.
Don’t call him an energy player. Look at his knee-down Brett Hull impersonation.
I didn’t think it was possible anymore, but last night Vancouver’s season just got a little bit worse.