A goal for Alex Galchenyuk, an assist and Brendan Gallagher to win … No doubt, it was the first night at the Bell Centre Tuesday, while the Canadiens disposed of the Florida Panthers by a score of 4 to 1.
The first choice of the last Canadian Draft will therefore put a little more than four times before breaking the ice.
While his team was already equipped with a priority of 3 to 1 at the scoreboard in the second period, Galchenyuk deflected a throw Brandon Prust over the head of goalkeeper Panthers Scott Clemmensen.
Galchenyuk, which was used after a first outlet center to the wing on Saturday celebrated its net jumping for joy and deliberately rushing in the window, how to Alexander Ovechkin. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.
“I did not divert his shot, I do not know how I got to count, but I’m lucky and I’m very happy,” describes the new darling of the supporters of CH.
However, a goal that will perhaps unfortunate. Collecting an assist on the play, Brendan Gallagher will probably mourn the puck from his first point in the NHL.
“Gather my first point on the first goal is special because Alex spends a lot of time together since the beginning of training camp,” Gallagher welcomed with a smile from ear to ear.
Inserted into the formation to replace Lars Eller, who had been invited to watch the game bleachers, Gallagher made his debut in the big league.
“These two young one, with Brandon Prust, brought a lot of energy because of their work ethic, noted Therrien. They were constantly on the puck, which allowed them to cause turnovers.
“Alex felt more comfortable tonight. He sought to make more games, added the head coach of CH. Brendan posted the intensity he always found around the net. He did a good job. ‘
If it is not in his NHL debut, Andrei Markov has meanwhile returned to old habits. After more than two years without a single defeat guardian, defender Russian shook his torpor in the first period. On a power play, he then beat Clemmensen with a slapshot from the fulcrum. It was then his first goal since Nov. 9, 2010.
And for that matter, Markov has opened the floodgates.
In the same circumstances and again with a shot from the blue line, Markov has recurred in the second period, his fifth night knowing two career goals. He then gave the reply to the Panthers lone goal in the game, scored by Tomas Kopecky on a perfect staging the attack to five.
“What usually launched Therrien about Markov. In addition to contributing to the offensive, he controlled the whole game and slowed best opposing forwards. ‘
Cohesion and speed
Obviously, the Canadiens made the adjustments that are necessary. In his second game of the season, the cast of Michel Therrien showed more cohesion and speed in its zone outputs that during his first game of the season against the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
“We imposed our rhythm from the start and has kept the tempo until the end of the meeting,” observed Therrien.
Spinning at high speed along the right wing in the fourth minute of play of the game, Captain Brian Gionta was then brought into enemy territory and then pass the disc to the center Tomas Plekanec, who once deceived Clemmensen between the legs.
The Habs then took advantage of a power play two men to double their lead, courtesy of Markov.
While Clemmensen cashed his first defeat in seven starts against the Canadiens, Carey Price has meanwhile been strong, pushing 27 of 28 shots for the Panthers, who were playing a third game in four days.
Michel Therrien has signed his first NHL win since February 11, 2009, when he led the Pittsburgh Penguins. After receiving the puck victory from the hands of Price, the Habs driver handed it to his boss, CEO Marc Bergevin.
“The first victories I’ve had. This, I appreciate it, but my thoughts were first to Marc, “said head coach.
The Canadian will now benefit from a day off before visiting the Washington Capitals on Thursday.
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