The last time a Canadiens player won the Art Ross Trophy was 1977-78 when Guy Lafleur won his third straight NHL scoring title with 60-72-132 totals. The last time a Canadiens player finished in the top 10 in NHL scoring was 1985-86, when Mats Naslund had 43-67-110 totals to finish eighth.
The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup in both of those seasons.
Sure, it’s VERY early in the season, but it was interesting to look at the NHL scoring leaders following Saturday’s games and see the Canadiens’ Lars Eller at No. 3 with 3-2-5 totals in two games. The only two players ahead of Eller, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (4-2-6) and Mikhail Grabovski (3-2-5), had both played one more game than Eller.
Eller’s linemates Alex Galchenyuk (0-4-4) and Brendan Gallagher (2-1-3) are also off to good starts.
“I’m not surprised by the way we’re playing, but I didn’t expect we’d be scoring two or three goals a game,” Eller said after Saturday’s 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Bell Centre. “Some games the pucks are going to go in. You can’t expect that every game, but good things are going to happen to us if we play that way.”
The Canadiens had the day off Sunday. They will practise Monday morning in Brossard before heading to Calgary for the start of a four-game road trip on Wednesday.
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)