Alexander Radulov turned in another strong performance Thursday night as the Canadiens defeated the Kings 4-1 to improve to 12-1-1 on the season. Carey Price is now an impressive 9-0-0 on the season, giving him a 19-2-0 record since the start of last year.
Radulov was a bit of an unknown commodity when he signed with the Habs this summer. When he left the NHL for the second time after the 2012 season, he had amassed just over 100 points. In the KHL, when he was healthy, he finished first in scoring in 2015 and second in 2013 and 2016. Over 8 KHL seasons, Radulov has 491 points in 392 games.
The talent was clearly there, but attitude issues hung over Radulov throughout his time in Nashville. His time with the Predators came to an end in the summer of 2012, shortly after a very public playoff benching in Games 3 and 4 of the second round against the Coyotes.
Radulov has only been a Hab for 14 games but he’s already picked up 12 points, and his on-ice play has fans forgetting any doubts they may have had during the summer. His latest assist on Paul Byron’s fourth goal of the season shows off the puck handling skills that have quickly made him a fan favourite.
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) November 11, 2016
After a slow start on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Artturi Lehkonen, Radulov has caught fire playing with Alex Galchenyuk, picking up four assists in his last three games. Based on Michel Therrien’s post-game comments, it sounds like the duo has already created plenty of chemistry to build on.
Therrien: “Galchenyuk and Radulov communicate well on the bench…well at least I think they do. I don’t understand.”
— Sean Coleman (@SColemanCTV) November 11, 2016