Brendan Gallagher came within a whisker of making the club last year, he was cut just a week before opening night, and you have to wonder how the lowly Habs of a year ago might have fared with this kid in the lineup.
Another goal tonight for young Gallagher, who never seems to take nights off and just keeps grinding and scoring and getting knocked down and getting back up again. Would he have helped make up the 15 points the team needed to make the playoffs last year? Or was another year of seasoning the key for this important piece of the puzzle?
The Canadiens beat the Islanders 5-2 on Long Island, but it certainly wasn’t a picnic of any sorts. The boys were sloppy on occasion, they fell behind 2-1 in the second, and had their hands full most of the night with the dangerous John Tavares and Matt Moulson, who seem to thrive on playing the Habs. But Carey Price put up a wall, the team scored four unanswered goals, and now they’re back to just a point behind first-place Pittsburgh, a team Montreal plays after just three more sleeps.
Montreal’s first two goals were power play markers from Michael Ryder and P.K. Subban, and after Brian Gionta converted a nice pass from David Desharnais, Gallagher got his before P.K. notched his second.
The one-game slump has ended and it’s back to working on another slice of winning-streak heaven. Once again I’ll say it – I’m proud of our guys.
Montreal outshot the Islanders 29-27.
Next up – Those pesky Sabres are back at the Bell Centre on Saturday, just days after beating the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday. So a good throttling of the Buffalonians is in order.
Please note: The original box score had Gallagher with two goals on the night, and is what I had originally written. But the fourth marker was later changed to Subban. Sorry.