After being the best line in the Canadiens’ season opener, Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk turned in another strong performance Saturday, helping lift the Habs over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Eller and Gallagher scored and each picked up an assist while Galchenyuk had two helpers in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory.
“I got off on the right foot (this season). The whole line has been playing great,” said Eller, who prefers the moniker “kid” line to “EGG” line as they’re sometimes called.
“We’re creating space for each other and doing all the little things and creating chances and the goals are going to come. We’re playing the right way.”
“I’d like to think that I’m showing who I am now,” Eller said, responding to a question about his performance. “Like I said before, a lot of things coming together. It takes time to get confidence in your game. Finding out what kind of player you are, defining yourself as a player. I really believe I’m starting to do that now.”
Eller is a young player who progressed all last season, which is encouraging, coach Michel Therrien said. He arrived at training camp in very good physical shape and is playing with a lot of confidence, Therrien added. He also has nice chemistry with line mates Gallagher and Galchenyuk, both in their sophomore seasons.
“They’re often first on the puck and you become very difficult to play against,” Therrien said.
“Those young men they got better as (last) season went on and they just picked up where they were. And they’re still getting better and learning about playing the game and competing. (They’re) more responsible on both sides of the ice. So, it comes with experience, too.”
You can hear more of what Eller had to say after the game here:
You can listen to what Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had to say here:
You can hear what Daniel Brière had to say about playing against his former teammates here:
You can hear what Philadelphia Flyer forward and Île Bizard native Vincent Lecavalier told reporters at the Bell Centre a few hours before Saturday’s game:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)