Gallagher Score Winner as Habs Down Flyers
Brendan Gallagher scored the game winner midway through the third period on Monday night, as the Habs sent the Flyers home with a loss. With the victory Montreal moves to 5-0-1 on the season and finds themselves atop the NHL points standings as the only team without a regulation loss. Gallagher’s goal was bolstered by markers from Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov, as well as a 31 save performance by Carey Price, who posted a 3rd straight win since returning from illness.
After a scoreless 1st period Weber opened the scoring at the 5 minute mark of the 2nd to give the Habs a 1-0 lead. However the Flyers answered back moments later with a goal by Jakub Voracek, leaving the game tied 1-1 after the end of the period. Gallagher’s game winner came at 13:08 of the 3rd, and helped give life to the struggling Habs powerplay. Radulov would tuck home an empty netter late in the game to secure the victory. The Flyers loss moves the team to 2-3-1 so far this year.
New Habs Making An Impact
The goals by Weber and Radulov come as the newly minted members of the Canadiens family continue to have an impact. Weber’s goal was his second of the season, and he added an assist on Gallagher’s game winner to bring his season points total to 7. Radulov’s goal, his 3rd, was part of a 3 point night for the controversial signing, bringing his season total to 5.
After a summer that was full of discussion and controversy around these two new members of the team, it is reassuring for Habs management to see them paying dividends. Weber comes to the team from the Nashville Predators as part of the Draft Day shocker that sent star D-Man P.K. Subban to the Preds, a move that had Habs fans up in arms.
Radulov is making his return to the NHL after a controversial stint with the Preds that twice saw him abandon the team to return to Russia. This is his first NHL season since the 2011-12 season when he last bolted to the KHL. Habs fans hope the behavioral issues that he had in Nashville are behind him. If his performance against the Flyers is any indication, the talented forward is committed to making this go-around a success.
Habs Head to NYC to Visit the Islanders
With the Flyers in their rear-view mirrors the Habs head south of the border to take on the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. The Isles are 3-3-0 so far this season and hope to be able to stop the surging Canadiens. The Habs went 3-0-0 against the Islanders last season, with all games being played before the team collapsed. The final game between the 2 on November 22nd, marked Price’s last full game before re-aggravating his injury, as well as an injury to Gallagher that kept the star forward out of action until January 1st. Montreal will be looking to continue their success against the Islanders, game time is 7:00pm EST.
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