Eller shines in Habs victory (Video)

Habs’ Lars Eller (left) celebrates with Erik Cole (centre) and Brandon Prust.
François Lacasse, Getty Images

For fans, the bumpy start to Lars Eller’s season probably seemed like a distant memory Saturday as he helped lift the Canadiens over the New York Rangers.

But it still sounded fresh in Eller’s mind after the Habs 3-0 victory.

“I feel pretty good, but I take one day at a time,” Eller said after his two-point night.

“We saw three weeks ago I almost hit the bottom and things can change quickly. You take one day at a time but I feel pretty good right now,” Eller added, alluding to missing two games as a healthy scratch early in the season.

Eller set up Alex Galchenyuk’s goal in the second period, then scored on the power play.

“I guess at some point in your career you have to define what kind of player you’re going to be and you know make some decisions,” Eller said.

“I feel that’s where I’m at in my career right now.”

“I’ve always said that I look up a lot to a player like Tomas Plekanec that can play in every situation, can play on the power play, can play on the (penalty kill), can play when the game is on the line. That’s the kind of player I want to be and I’m working towards being.”

Eller has been working with a sports psychologist who works with the Canadiens—something he decided to do last summer.

“That’s a different aspect of the game that a lot of people maybe under-estimate,” Eller said.

“The psychological part of the game is huge, you know, so you have to improve in every aspect that you can physically, mentally — experience plays a big part too, I think. So it’s a lot of things coming together.”

Coach Michel Therrien said Eller’s work ethic is exemplary now–he’s getting involved, moving his feet, provoking turnovers and getting results for his efforts.

You can hear what Eller had to say after the game below:

And you can hear what Brendan Gallagher had to say about his first game back since suffering a concussion last week:


  1. hab fan in leaf jungle says:

    I have never known a player who evokes such different opinions from fans and experts alike. Pierre Maguire said he would trade Eller as his first task if he ever became GM and would give heaven and earth to bring Vinny to Montreal and TSN guys often run Eller down. I think he has been juggled around with too many different guys on his lines. However, with MT’s system being consistent for all the lines it probably matters less who your linemates are. I like the kid and hope he succeeds. He is big and has skill but may need to add some muscle and grit to his game. Go Habs.

  2. nunacanadien says:

    We are as bad as Laff fans, we praise Eller for showing up for one game out of how many now that he has not shown up? The same for the rest of our team mostly. We should be encouraging the team to always be there, to always contribute. Let us right this good ship Habs and stop praising lacklustre players and encourage them to be stars always. Let us bring back the champs, and encourage Eller to always be a champ. Put Eller with real wingers and stop using him as a band aid measure to fix our other band aide signings of veterans and UFAs to fix holes that a lazy GM can’t fill.

  3. lfsuk says:

    Just checking my post date.

  4. Steeltown Hab says:

    All the Eller haters – I’ve been saying it for 2 years, kid is the real deal.


    Lars, PK, Galchenyuk, Pac, Emelin – @J_Perez22

    • nunacanadien says:

      Geeze, Eller shone the first time he came and was invisible all this time. So Eller who shines once every three years, heck and we give Bourque crap for showing up every other game? Heck we should have kept L’Artiste Kovalev then….Earth to Eller? Earth to Eller? Hello you are paid to score goals every year not once every three years….exageration but you understand perhaps what I am trying to say. We should not encourage Eller to shine every now and then, we should encourage him to shine all the time.

  5. GGtheHab says:

    How about the El-Train as a nickname for Eller?

  6. rhino514 says:

    Nobody thought Chucky, Gally, and Eller (perhaps a bit less of a surpise) as group would be this good. when is the last time in the last 15 or 20 years the habs have had never mind three but even more than one young player come in and really fill a hole?

    On the other hand, the veteran´s group of Cole, Gionta, and Markov (the latter´s slowing down has been disguised by his PP quarterbacking talents) as a group have not been as good as hoped for. But really, these wingers are streaky and they are just one big game away fom being close to their production levels.

    Overall it´s good news, because the youth movement has offset the loss of top six level production from the veteran forwards, and Gio and Cole, while not what they once were, hopefully they are still ok enough to complete the top nine. I think also you need veterans in the playoffs and I think they can be factors there.

    Good to see Cole get a couple of poiints last night.

    Nice to see a team with three lines capable of contributing and I am thoroughly enjoying watching the team this year.

    • nunacanadien says:

      That’s the problem of these small cars, they break down easily on Motnreal’s mean streets and the habs players are no different. When our aging veterans get hurt, sadly the young prospects like Eller get juggled around and never get a chance to develop their total skills along with the types of Galy and Chucky. Maybe it is time we stop this band aid GM type of trades, fixing only when it’s broken, stand by your guns, wait for the band aid to wear off, and then sign real non-band aid type players like Kaberle. Heck minus the rookies from our farm team (although some are also band aide measures) we have a team built around injuries to replace injured players. When was the last time Montreal ever signed or chased after healthy players to fill a spot they needed filled at the end of the season as opposed to mid season?

  7. Peter Young says:

    Eller: “The psychological part of the game is huge ….”

    So true in sporting competition of all kinds and yet professional sports organizations around the world have failed to do much about it beyond giving it recognition as an abstract proposition. They might have a team psychologist or psychiatrist on hand to talk to players having difficulties, but I am not aware of any team anywhere in any sport undertaking a comprehensive program of psychological training.

  8. Marc10 says:

    Good on Eller and good on the Habs. Interestingly, Dr Guimond is the same doc Therrien used to prep him for his interviews with MB. I guess it works…

  9. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …a burgeoning Eller will be the most significant factor whether We simply make the play-offs and out in one or two rounds, or making it to a final

    …He would be that size, skill and depth essential at centre missing in the past

    …He wouldn’t be a number one centre, but He would add enough depth at centre to make Our Team a legitimate contender in the play-offs

    • savethepuck says:

      Listening to his interview after the game, I’m very impressed that he’s modeling himself after Plex. He sees the importance of both his defensive play along with his offensive play. Not sure of the organizations plans for him, but I am confident he is in their plans. He has been seen as possibly a #2 or #3 center with excellent defensive abilities, but also as a possible top 6 winger. This kid is being groomed and is not going anywhere.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Habitant in Surrey says:

        …if He can become another Pleks We will have one formidable one two punch

      • rhino514 says:

        I was impressed with Eller during this interview. I had suspected he had some maturity issues, and clearly I was wrong. It struck me how he doesn´t spout cliches as most young players do. Still…did you all notice just a shade os a lovable, little smirk?

        • nunacanadien says:

          We need bigger players to keep the confidence of our youth on the team. When we play bigger teams young prospective players like Eller get pushed around and we lose track of Eller.

          Marc Bergevin, buy out Kaberle or Gionta, sign another bigger more robust player and give us a real scrapper, not a midget scrapper like Prust who can also be pushed around.

          Sign one soon so we can keep our spot in the east, fix the band aid with a real band aid Bergevin. Protect your youth prospects like any other team would do.

  10. HardHabits says:

    In the book Peak Performance, Mental Training Techniques of the World’s Greatest Athletes, Charles Garfield writes; “Without a doubt, the most dramatic contribution to the advancement of goal-setting skills in recent years has been the Soviet’s introduction of visualization. During mental rehearsal, athletes create mental images of the exact movements they want to emulate in their sport. Use of this skill substantially increases the effectiveness of goal-setting, which up until then had been
    little more than a dull listing procedure.”

    Garfield went on to talk about a startling experiment conducted by Soviet sports scientists. The study examined the effect of mental training, including visualization, on four groups of world-class athletes just prior to the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. The four groups of elite athletes were divided as follows:

    Group 1 – 100% physical training
    Group 2 – 75% physical training, 25% mental training
    Group 3 – 50% physical training, 50% mental training
    Group 4 – 25% physical training, 75% mental training

    What the researchers found was that group 4 – the group with the most mental training – had shown significantly greater improvement than group 3. Likewise, group 3 showed more improvement than group 2 and group 2 showed more improvement than group 1.

  11. The Chicoutimi Cucumber says:

    Sounds like the kid gets it. It’s time to stop being a passenger. Step it up. Now, can he continue, or is out of his character to be a take-charge guy on the ice? Time will tell.

  12. otter649 says:

    N H Eller…..

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