One of the great talents of Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is finding role players who can contribute for Montreal at key moments; for example, Dale Weise has been a playoff hero for the Habs both this season and last. And Sunday in Game 2 of their second-round series against Tampa Bay, another trade acquisition – this time, veteran defenseman Jeff Petry – stepped up, scoring his first career NHL playoff goal for the first lead of the game.
Brought in from Edmonton at the trade deadline for a second-round and conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the 27-year-old Petry took a wrist shot from the blueline shortly after the seven-minute mark. As Hockey Night In Canada analyst Craig Simpson noted, Bishop was looking to his left for the shot, but the puck went to his right:
Five years into his NHL career, Petry – who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer after earning $3.075 million this season – is playing his first post-season hockey. Drafted 45th overall by the Oilers in 2006, the Ann Arbor, Mich., native had yet to get on the scoresheet in seven games leading up to Sunday's Game 2, which will make his goal all the more special.