Phillip Danault's coast-to-coast goal Wednesday impressed his Montreal Canadiens teammates.
Danault went the distance down the ice untouched on the way to his second goal in Montreal's dominating 7-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
"I didn't see the beginning how it started, but I only saw the halfway," said Habs rookie Artturi Lehkonen, who also scored twice and added an assist.
"It looked like he had no trouble at all. He was just flying through the neutral zone and somebody was saying, 'It's that young Mario Lemieux."'
Danault's unassisted goal on the high glove side of Michael Hutchinson at 4:31 of the second period gave Montreal the 5-2 lead.
Al Montoya, playing against his former team, made 22 saves for the Canadiens (26-10-6). He's now won three straight starts.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goals on seven shots in his sixth straight start before being replaced by Hutchinson late in the first period. He stopped 19 of the 23 shots he faced.
Strong words from Maurice
"We were [bad] from the start, from the drop of that first puck right to the very end," Jets head coach Paul Maurice summed up.
The game won't be quickly forgotten, he vowed.
"We aren't sweeping this one under the rug," Maurice said. "We're going to take a good look at all of it and make sure we appreciate the value of playing in the National Hockey League and playing a game at home and the cost every NHL game demands, the willingness to pay that price."
"I didn't like the way we were playing. I didn't like the way we played the whole entire night."— @NHLJets
Paul Maurice on the 7-4 loss to MTL. pic.twitter.com/3JZh7VdrxQ
Danault and Brian Flynn gave Montreal a 2-0 lead four minutes into the game on the team's second and third shots. Tomas Plekanec and Sven Andrighetto, with his first of the season, also had goals for the Canadiens. Shea Weber had a pair of assists, while Andrighetto and Flynn each added a helper.
Mark Scheifele scored twice, Mathieu Perreault had a goal and assist and Bryan Little tallied his seventh of the season for Winnipeg (20-21-3). Drew Stafford picked up a pair of assists.
Danault couldn't recall when, or if, he's ever scored an end-to-end goal at any level.
"My first one in the AHL against Buffalo was good, too, but one coast to coast like that, I don't think I've [done that]. Maybe junior, back in the day," Danault, 23, said.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien viewed the goal as a rare feat.
"You don't see those types of goals very often in the NHL," he said. "For the young kid, it's good for his confidence. He's playing really well."