Former Montreal Canadiens Power Play Specialists at All-Star Game

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2009

Montreal Canadiens fans attending the All-Star Game on Sunday got a rare treat.

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray and Mark Streit of the New York Islanders each played an important role when they were part of the Montreal Canadiens.

Thanks to them the Habs power-play was best in the NHL in the last two years. Unfortunately, both of them left as free agents and took the Canadiens power-play down.

Both players were back in Montreal for the All-Star Game.

"It's not a sense of redemption because it's business," said Souray, who leads the Oilers with seven power-play goals this season. "To be here, to play in this event in Montreal, it couldn't be more ironic.

During the 2006-07 season, the Habs used Souray's slapshot and led the league with 22.8 percent efficiency rate. When Souray signed with Edmonton fans and players alike thought the power-play would suffer, but Streit improved it to 24.1 percent.

This year the Habs are struggling. They are ranked 24 out of the 30 teams with 16.1 percent.

Coach Guy Carbonneau admitted the team is missing Mark Streit.

"It's nice, it gives a bit of credit to me that I did well and they were happy with my services here," said Streit, who leads the Islanders with seven power-play goals. "It obviously makes you a little proud."