|(3/23/18) Lernout had an assist, two blocked shots and a hit while finishing plus-2 over a season-high 19:08 of ice time in Wednesday's loss to the Penguins.|
The game officially eliminated Montreal from postseason consideration, so it was good to see coach Claude Julien give Lernout a longer leash. He threw the 22-year-old out there for the penalty kill, and Lernout got his first NHL point on Nikita Scherbak's shorthanded goal. Lernout is a big-bodied defenseman who should get enhanced ice time for the rest of the season. He's a rare breed on the Canadiens, being one of four players on the positive side of the plus-minus category.