Great scene involving Sean Monahan and Nick Suzuki: communication is the key to success on the power play

Published October 29, 2023 at 12:57
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
Since the beginning of the season, the Montreal Canadiens' power play had been struggling, especially in the game against the Minnesota Wild, where the team conceded two goals during the same power play. However, it's worth acknowledging that things have started to improve in recent games.

While it's far from perfect, with players often appearing too static and lacking creativity, they have found a way to capitalize recently, which has boosted their confidence.

The most significant change appears to be in communication. Players are positioning themselves better on the ice, and it's no secret that this is a result of practice and improved communication.

In a game on Saturday night, there was a clear example of this improved communication. Sean Monahan requested a pass from Nick Suzuki even before Suzuki had received the puck. This rapid communication resulted in a beautifully executed goal by Monahan. Without this level of communication, the puck might have arrived a fraction of a second later, giving the opposing defender more time to cover Monahan.


"You can hear Monahan call for the puck from Suzuki before Suzuki even gets the puck. He yells, 'Nick.'
You want to know why the PP is suddenly working for Habs, communication is a big part of it."

- Eric Engels

You can hear Monahan saying "Nick" in the video, signaling his request for the pass even before Suzuki received the puck.

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