(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)