Cowan: Canadiens hope Mike Hoffman’s shot can ignite their power play

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Left-winger, who is expected to make his Habs debut Tuesday vs. the Sharks, has scored 67 of his 189 career NHL goals with the man advantage.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

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Oct 18, 2021  •  28 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Blues’ Mike Hoffman flips the puck past the Wild’s Kirill Kaprizov last season. Hoffman signed a three-year, US$13.5-million contract with the Canadiens this off-season. Photo by Tom Gannam /Associated Press Article content

Mike Hoffman was on the ice one day last week with a member of the Canadiens’ training staff at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, continuing his recovery from a lower-body injury.


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Hoffman picked up a puck on his stick and skated in on the shooter-tutor goalie that had been set up in one of the nets. Hoffman then quickly snapped the puck into one of the top corners.

He then picked up another puck, skated in again on the fake goalie down in a butterfly position and fired it into the top corner on the other side of the net. Hoffman continued to do this for a few more minutes, with just about every shot perfectly placed into a corner.

That shot is why Hoffman scored 52 goals…

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