FINAL | Game 64, Away Game 30 | Friday March 2, 2018 
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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6-3

ISLANDERS
New York

(Photo by Frank Franklin II / AP)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Danault – Lehkonen
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Gallagher
Byron – De La Rose – Scherbak
A. Shaw – Froese – Carr

Mete – Petry
Alzner – Juulsen
Reilly – Schlemko

Goaltenders

Lindgren
Niemi

Scratches

Nicolas Deslauriers, Logan Shaw, Jordie Benn

Injuries

Ales Hemsky – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, Carey Price – concussion, Charles Hudon – hand

Game Report 

A hat trick for Alex Galchenyuk! And yes, hats hit the Barclays Center ice (take note Bell Centre fans.)

For a player so maligned, the 23-year-old Galchenyuk now is the Canadiens co-leader with 39 points. The other player with 39 points is Brendan Gallagher. The pair were finally reunited as linemates for the first time this season.

It makes one wonder what if the Canadiens slotted Galchenyuk at centre, where he is most comfortable, for the season? It also bears asking, what if Habs brass hadn’t taken every opportunity to throw this exceptionally skilled player under the bus publicly this season? And with the numerous line combinations rolled out this year, why weren’t Gally and Chucky paired until game 64?

So many mistakes.

But tonight was a game to celebrate the contributions from the Canadiens under-25 group. And to be very thankful that Montreal sent the correct choice in sending Jaroslav Halak packing when they did.

Starting in the Canadiens net, once again, 24-year-old Charlie Lindgren was outstanding. Lindgren was let down by his teammates allowing goals with six seconds left in the first period and four seconds left in the second. But with 32 saves against a potent Islanders offence, Lindgren had another strong start.

Artturi Lehkonen was a force all game long picking up an assist and a team-high six shots on goal. Lehkonen, 22-years-old, was a phantom goaltender interference call away from his sixth goal of the season.

For those whining about Jacob De La Rose’s lack of offensive potential, let’s hope that you have been paying attention the past few games when he has been given a real opportunity to show his talents. And there is some obvious chemistry between the dynamic pair of 22-year-old De La Rose and 22-year-old Nikita Scherbak.

Noah Juulsen has had a strong NHL start to his career. While 20-year-old Juulsen is generally not known for his offense, he fired a rocket past Halak for his first NHL goal.

And let’s not forget about the newly-acquired Mike Reilly. The 24-year-old puck-moving defenseman had two assists tonight and was a plus-4 in 21 and a half minutes of ice-time.

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▲  Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Nikita Scherbak, Jacob De La Rose, Artturi Lehkonen, Noah Juulsen, Mike Reilly

▼  Andrew Shaw, Phillip Danault

 Statistics 
CANADIENS   ISLANDERS
25 Shots 35
55% Face-offs 45%
0-for-3 Power Play 1-for-4
8 Penalty Minutes 6
26 Hits 34
42 Corsi For 62
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (25-29-10) 1 2 3 6
 Islanders (29-29-7) 1 2 0 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Gallagher (22), Galchenyuk (13), Galchenyuk (14), Byron (16),  Juulsen (1), Galchenyuk (15)
  • NYI: Fritz (2), Bailey (16), Nelson (15)-PPG
  • MTL: Lindgren (W) 4-4-2
  • NYI: Halak (L) 18-22-5
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Alex Galchenyuk  MTL
  2. Brendan Gallagher  MTL
  3. Brock Nelson  NYI

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Claude Julien

  • “I think [Alex Galchenyuk] has been playing well lately and he’s had some chances. Tonight was one of those nights where there’s an empty-net goal, an unbelievable setup by (Mike) Reilly, but he can shoot the puck. When he’s on top of his game, that’s what he does best. It was nice to see him come out with a four-point night on his 400th (NHL) game. It looks good on him.”
  • “Up to now, our young players are not disappointing at all; On the contrary; it’s encouraging to see the way they’re handling themselves. There are some nights when they’re playing against players who are rather important on the other side and they seem to manage that well.”

Alex Galchenyuk

  • “We’re playing good hockey the last couple of weeks. We’ve got to keep building. Obviously not making the playoffs is hard, but we’ve got to stick together. We’ve got a lot of young guys coming in and chipping in.”
  • “The last few months, I feel I’ve been playing my best hockey. The stats don’t show it and that’s what people focus on, but I can understand that, because honestly, I focus on it too. But at the end of the day, I knew a game like this was going to come sooner or later, and I’m happy.”

Noah Juulsen

  • “I think Lehky (Artturi Lehkonen) did all the work, pretty much. He took it, he came up top and just passed it to me, and I just shot it. Luckily, it went in.”

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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