Montreal Canadiens defender Alexander Romanov looked great on his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the player who played two full seasons in the KHL but not seen very often by viewers in North America

He played for two World Juniors and was incredible at both. He showed a lot of insults that were not recognizable in the KHL, but were also extremely physical and clever in the defensive zone

Given his experience at the World Juniors, he seemed ready to jump straight into an NHL lineup, especially given that he won the tournament’s Best Defenseman Award when he was 18 and just as well if not the following year even looked better

All that was left was for the now 20 year old Russian to prove himself at the NHL level. He made the team out of his abbreviated training camp and played very well against the Maple Leafs In the second phase of a tie against a high octane offensive team, he earned multiple shifts on the second pairing with Jeff Petry

He also made a great runaway pass for Tomas Tatar in the Canadians third goal that night to score his first career point

Romanov looked good in his second game, which was a big 5-1 win for the Habs against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night

Well, he took care of it early tonight in his third career game.Romanov was on the ice for an offensive zone.Jake Evans won the draw and Paul Byron gave it back to Brett Kulak.Kulak shot over the blue line at Romanov, the one Shot on goal, which snuck through Mikko Koskinen and led to 1-0

The Canadians got caught on penalties towards the end of the period and suffered three consecutive penalties, forcing Romanov to sit on the bench for most of the second half of the period, but he played 4:25 in the first frame and will be for the Rest of the game certainly do a regular shift

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