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You could make a case for Lars Eller as First Star of the game even if he hadn’t scored the Shootout goal that gave your Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Eller opened the scoring in the terrifically entertaining game.
He had seven shots on goal, tying Max Pacioretty for the team lead on the night.
Eller put in 3:30 on the Canadiens’ penalty-kill, but he was at his best in even-strength situations, using his size to maintain possession and create opportunities for linemates Alex Galchenyuk and Gabriel Dumont in the Ottawa zone.
As has been the case for a while now, Eller played like a number one or two centre.
Along with Galchenyuk, who’s 19 and 26-year-old David Desharnais, Eller – who’ll be 24 and, quite possibly, playing in May – gives the Canadiens a bright future at the all-important pivot position.
And it’s not like Tomas Plekanec, 30, is ready for retirement.
Eller, a healthy scratch for Games 2 and 3 of the season, is displaying the talent that made him a first-round draft choice in 2007.
Hey, how the heck did the Canadiens get that guy?
Oh, right: In a trade for the goaltender who is now Jake Allen’s backup in St. Louis.
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