Habs’ Lars Eller (left) celebrates with Erik Cole (centre) and Brandon Prust.
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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: