(Photo: Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)
Brandon Prust was the game’s first star. Travis Moen was the third. And Ryan White probably played his best game of the year, according to Canadiens coach Michel Therrien.
“They were a big reason why we won the game,” Therrien said of the team’s fourth line after the Habs 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
“They created some scoring chances with their intensity. They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. As far as I’m concerned this is leadership for me. And they certainly were true leaders tonight those three guys.”
Prust scored a goal and picked up an assist. Moen had two helpers and White had one.
“We got pucks deep and we grinded them out,” Prust said after the game.
“Our line isn’t very pretty, but we got the job done.”
Asked when he was last named a game’s first star, Prust joked: “Maybe peewee. I don’t know, it’s been awhile, that’s for sure.”
The game got off to a sleepy start with only nine shots in the first period, five by the Sabres, four by the Canadiens. But the Canadiens scored three goals in the second, starting with Prust and then Tomas Plekanec who was on the ice to replace White. Alex Galchenyuk was bumped up to Plekanec’s line in that period and scored the eventual game winner.
“I liked what I was seeing of him tonight,” Therrien said of Galchenyuk. “I liked his intensity, his decisions with the puck. It’s one of the reasons we made a change.”
Galchenyuk finished the night with five hits and 14.09 minutes of ice time, up substantially from the 8:13 he played against the Boston Bruins on Thursday.
You can listen to what Galchenyuk had to say after the game here:
You can watch what Prust had to say after the game here:
And you can listen to Moen here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)