The Canadiens won their fourth game in a row on Tuesday beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 at the Bell Centre.
Coach Michel Therrien called it a big victory. “I think we started the game well once again. We felt that our players were ready. So it’s a good performance,” said Therrien, who noted the team is playing with a lot of passion.
The Canadiens capitalized on a power play in the third period after Brian Gionta drew a tripping penalty. With Jets defenceman Tobias Enstrom in the box, Tomas Plekanec scored, giving the Habs a 4-3 lead.
Rene Bourque, Brendan Gallagher and Erik Cole also scored for the Canadiens.
It was Gallagher’s second goal this season. Fellow rookie Alex Galchenyuk had two assists in the game. They were the game’s first and second star, respectively.
The two rookies have confidence right now “and I want to make sure that I’m building that confidence,” Therrien said. “So it’s a process working with young kids. And right now those two can bring a lot of energy to our team. They work hard. They deserve the success that they’ve got because of their work ethic and their passion.”
The Canadiens were down two men in the third period when Brandon Prust was sent off for diving after he was hit into the boards by the Canadiens bench by Nik Antropov. David Desharnais who came to Prust’s defence received a roughing penalty. The Canadiens managed to kill off both penalties.
After the game Prust said he thought it was probably his first diving penalty. “I can’t remember one. So it’s a first for everything,” Prust said.
“I got hit from behind and I fell down and apparently that’s diving nowadays,” he said.
Canadiens goaltender Peter Budaj will be in net when the team plays the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Therrien said.
You can hear what Gallagher had to say after the game below: