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Arber Xhekaj breaks his record and shines for the Canadiens

Published March 29, 2024 at 0:19

We cannot overlook this sequence from Arber Xhekaj, who breaks his record by handling three players at once, all without taking a penalty.

Yes, the sheriff is tough and will never hesitate to drop the gloves if the situation calls for it, but he's also quite the hockey player, and we definitely prefer to see him on the ice rather than in the penalty box.

He plays his enforcer role perfectly, and most importantly, he does it within the rules while commanding respect.

A sequence from Thursday night's game clearly demonstrates this as he dealt with three Flyers players simultaneously.

He also warned an opposing player instead of just fighting him. In the end, he did the job and acted as a team player rather than just thinking about himself.

Arber Xhekaj: "You don't want this, you don't want this (to provoke me, to make me angry, and suffer the consequences)."

In short, there's something special happening with Arber. Everything Martin said about finding the line not to cross while staying on that line to become an excellent player in his role is happening right before our eyes, and it's beautiful to see.

It's also very encouraging for the team's future, unless Kent Hughes intends to trade him. My personal opinion is that it won't happen. Players like Xhekaj don't come around often, and when you have one in your lineup, you don't get rid of him.
March 29   |   318 answers
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