Rookie Brendan Gallagher scored his first National Hockey League goal on Sunday as the Canadiens beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime. Defenceman Andrei Markov scored the winning goal on the power play at 4:22 in overtime. It was his fourth goal of the season.
The Canadiens led for most of the game until the Devils tied the score in the third period.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said he saw a lot of resilience in his players.
It was a good team effort and he liked the team’s composure, Therrien said.
“And it’s always fun when it’s a team win,” he said.
The Canadiens got off to a strong start in the first period, out-shooting the Devils 16-7. Forward Ryan White scored at 2:25 knocking in a rebound. Then the Habs’ two rookies—who share the same “Gally” nickname—stepped up. Gallagher scored his first NHL goal burying a pass from Alex Galchenyuk past Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Galchenyuk and Gallagher bring a lot of energy, Therrien said.
“I really liked the way they handled themselves all evening long again tonight. They’re learning and we see results and so that’s what is encouraging,” Therrien said.
Their linemate Brandon Prust scored his first goal as a Canadien in the third period. Galchenyuk got an assist on the play.
Patrik Elias, David Clarkson and former Hab Dainius Zubrus scored for the Devils.
You can hear Gallagher talk about scoring his first NHL goal below:
You can hear what Galchenyuk had to say after the game below:
You can hear Canadiens goaltender Carey Price talk about the two rookies below:
And you can hear what Brandon Prust had to say here: