Kid line leads Habs to 4-2 victory over Islanders (Video)

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(Photo: The Gazette/Dario Ayala)

Alex Galchenyuk, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher exploded for eight points Sunday, leading the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.

“I just think we’re having fun out there, most of all,” Eller said when asked about the line’s success.

“We’re working hard on the forecheck, making turnover pucks and when we do have the puck, we don’t give it away easily. We know what makes us successful and I think in a lot of games even like the ones we lost we played really well and created a lot of chances. So it was really nice for everybody to get rewarded today.”

Eller scored a goal and picked up two assists against the Islanders as did Galchenyuk. Gallagher recorded a goal and an assist.

“They compete. That’s the No 1 reason why they’ve got success,” coach Michel Therrien said of Eller’s line. “Together they compete. The chemistry is there obviously but to get success in this league you’ve got to compete. And when you compete you give yourself a chance to get results.”

“They did a lot of good things, on top of contributing a lot to the offense,” Therrien said, adding they created a lot of turnovers.

He called it a team victory, noting that Tomas Plekanec’s line was effective playing against John Tavares at even strength. And defencemen Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz did a fantastic job, he added.

“Those five guys it was their mission tonight and they did a good job.”

Tavares had the third most goals in the National Hockey League in the 2012-13 48-game season with 28.

Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Eller were named the game’s three stars.

You can hear what Eller had to say here:

You can hear what Gallagher had to say here:

And you can listen to Galchenyuk here.

(Video: Brenda Branswell)


  1. PeterD says:

    Well done KID line.
    Love those kids…and Bounival

  2. filincal says:

    Someone give Markov some Prozac…looked like he could hardly contain his excitement on chucky’s goal.

  3. jdstatman says:

    Great game from the boys lets hope they keep it up. Hopefully Bourque and possibly whoever else is on that third line and fourth line (exclude Bournival) can get going. – check it out.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Don’t take it personally, and I don’t want to burst your balloon, but the whole ______-Nation thing is tired and shouldn’t be recycled for our use. We have our own traditions, we don’t need to copy other teams’ and other fans’. If the Leafs and TSN want to invent Leafs nation, copy the Raiders (gag), let them, but we’re Les Glorieux, les Habitants, the Habs, etc.

      • Ron says:

        Its his blog Normand, he can call it what he wants. He doesn’t need coaching from you that’s for sure. You seem to forget which blog site your at when your on HIO.

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      I have to agree, with all due respect for the work you’re doing.

      Habs nation? The Habs are a universe.

    • 44har48 says:

      IF your looking for constructive feedback, I would agree on the name…change the Habs “Nation”. Tacky and copy cat, which les Habitants are not.

      I like what I have been able to view of your work otherwise!

  4. montreal ace says:

    I find it very refreshing to see the exuberance, and chemistry that the egg lines produces. I sometimes find that I watch hockey, with a jaded view as I think the league is corrupt. The youthful naivety, that guys like PK, Bournival and others show when they love the game, gives me hope that maybe it’s not.I just might double down, with the jaded view after our next loss though.

  5. Mattyleg says:

    Fantastic game.
    I was there.

    A few observations:
    – Bournival looked amazing. SO quick, and love him on the 4th line; the Isles didn’t know what to do with him.
    – Kids were buzzin’. Great to see them taking it to the opposition.
    – Diaz needs to shoot more and dish off less
    – Great to see Murray out there throwing the body around; most important thing was probably not caught by cameras: he was always going to the bench talking to one of the Isles – telling them what would happen to them if they stepped out of line. Great.

    – Finally: the best player on the team is Plekanec, with Markov right behind. Where many players are one step ahead of the game, Pleks is two or three, and he often has to go with his plan ‘B’ or ‘C’ because nobody else can look as far ahead as him.
    Also, he’s such a great penalty-killer, and scares the crap out of the defense, because they can tell that he’s just waiting to steal the puck and break through between them.

    My streak is broken! A win!!

    ps, oldtimerguy must be very disappointed; we won.
    Doesn’t really help the trolls, a performance like this.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  6. Sportfan says:

    Kid line proves why our future is bright lol

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  7. The Teacher says:

    Yeaaaahhhhh kids

  8. Thomas Le Fan says:

    Therrien! Break up the EGG line for GAWDSAKE! Stop them before they score again!

    Or should I say, “Scramble those lines before they prove effective”?

    There is no crying in baseball, “i” in team or “chuck” in Galchenyuk but … there is fighting in hockey.

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