Devante Smith-Pelly and Ben Bishop (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Habs winger Devante Smith-Pelly has scored just once in 30 games since being acquired from Anaheim, but his second goal was huge, as it was the first goal of Montreal's Game 5 against Tampa Bay in second-round playoff action Saturday.
Montreal right winger Devante Smith-Pelly hasn't scored a lot of goals since he was acquired from Anaheim Feb. 24 – in fact, he'd scored just once in 30 games (regular season and playoffs combined) with the Habs heading into Saturday's second-round action against Tampa Bay – but his second goal was a big one, as it was the first of Game 5 in an elimination showdown for the Canadiens.
The 22-year-old Smith-Pelly, who the Ducks traded in exchange for left winger Jiri Sekac, may have been the beneficiary of another sub-par goal from Bolts goalie Ben Bishop in the first period Saturday at Bell Centre. But he still deserves credit for getting the puck just under the crossbar with a wrist shot at the 9:01 mark to make it 1-0 Montreal:
Smith-Pelly had five goals in 12 playoff games for Anaheim last season, so he does have the capability to produce more than he has this spring. If the Habs can avoid elimination, win Game 5 and head back to Tampa Bay for Game 6 Tuesday, they'd sure appreciate any offense the Scarborough, Ont., native can bring.