The Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher is listed as 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds.
Boston Bruins veteran defenceman Zdeno Chara is 6-foot-9 and 255 pounds.
But the Canadiens rookie says he won’t back down from Chara and the big, bad Bruins when they meet Wednesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
“When I learned that I made the team, I was looking forward to playing the Bruins,” Gallagher said after practice Tuesday in Brossard.
“It’s gonna be cool,” Gallagher added. “He’s one of the best D-men in the league. I’ve played against big boys, but never quite that big. I enjoy playing against bigger guys and I’m going to play my game. I won’t be fighting him, but other than that I’m going to be going after him. I’m going to treat him like any other D-man. I’m going to finish my check regardless of how big he is.”
Gallagher ranks second on the Canadiens with 19 hits, but hasn’t picked up a single penalty.
“I can’t remember the last time I went seven games without a penalty,” Gallagher said with a grin.
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)