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Rookie forward Gallagher lifts Canadiens past Bruins

Mar 28, 2013, 1:10 AM EDT

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It seemed like anytime there was a mention of the Boston Bruins Wednesday night, Jarome Iginla‘s name was usually in the sentence. Reported blockbuster trades do that.

While all that was going on behind the scenes and on Twitter, Montreal Canadiens rookie forward Brendan Gallagher was playing a pivotal role in helping his team get past their arch rivals, the Bruins, in a shootout and back into top spot in the Northeast Division.

The 20-year-old Gallagher, who stands just 5’9″ and 178 pounds, scored late in the third period to get the Canadiens within a goal before Andrei Markov tied the game with nine seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.

Gallagher then won it in the shootout, scoring the only goal between both teams in what was six-round skills competition, as the Habs completed a late comeback with a 6-5 victory.

Gallagher is now up to 10 goals and 19 points in 29 games. That puts him third in rookie scoring, behind Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers and Cory Conacher of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

And Gallagher seems undeterred by his size, or lack of.

“He shows a lot of character by going to the dirty places and competing,” Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges told the Montreal Gazette.

“He gets hacked and he gets whacked and cross-checked and he’s still going to the front of the net.”

“I don’t know if there are many rookies who have the impact he has on our team.”

The Canadiens improved their record to 21-7-5. Their 47 points lead the Bruins by a single point for the division lead, however Boston does have a game in hand.
  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Great night for the little guy lousy night for the big guy…?

    Gallagher prevails under vigorous assault to bring them close, then finds the shootout winner…short stuff big heart!

    But Chara…own goal followed by complete lack of composure, taking Armstrong’s bait, responding to a little tap on the back of the knee to deliver a bag spike, then cheap-shot elbow?

    Fit Zdeno up for a set of horns, just do it from the safety of a locked bunker using a twenty foot pole…

  2. arbruins - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    You apparently weren’t watching the entire game then eh?

  3. brcorson - Mar 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Another HOSE job by the referees and the NHL in favor of their darling Canadiens. They just “happened” to spend four of the last six minutes on the power play (check the numbers on how many times that’s happened when Montreal is tied or trailing at the end of the third period), after what can only be described as un utter and complete crap call on Johnson for tipping a shot out of the rink that Gionta fired; last I checked a shot that is tipped out of the rink is not a delay of game…oh I forgot, it’s the Candiens!! The call on Hamilton may have been a penalty but the Canadiens absolutely should have been called for embellishment when he screamed and flinched like a stuck pig when Hamilton, who is 75lbs soaking wet, put his hand on the habs’ shoulder.

    The NHL is a disgrace for how they let this BS continue and the bias for the Canadiens change the outcome of games. The B’s didn’t get on the PP until the end of the third period – when the Canadiens lead was in place of course.

    • nhstateline - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      You expected something different ? Why ? It’s the same every time. Without the little gifts they get from the NHL (like missing a too many men on the ice on a goal) that team wouldn’t be nearly as successful as they are and it isn’t just Boston fans who think this. However, every time they’re the opponent it’s no secret they’re going to get all the calls. They always do. Thus, it’s on the opponent to know this and start playing in the first period not the second and keep pushing so that the zebras can’t get the bows and wrapping paper out at the end of the game like they did last night. The Bruins didn’t do those things last night and the Habs came out flying despite the late arrival and a game against the Pens the night before. Good for them and bad on the Bruins.

      This is why I don’t blame anyone but the Bruins for last night’s loss and give full props to a really resilient Habs team who kept playing even after they blew a two goal lead, got down by two goals and seemed fully aware that the game restarts after a goal on the faceoff not on the goal announcement. Montreal’s fourth goal was entirely on the sleeping Bruins who seemed more interested in congratulating themselves than continuing to play the game. This is not the refs or the Habs fault. Montreal just kept playing the game and the goalie change was a really smart coaching decision. Meanwhile, at the other end, Rask performed only slightly better than someone that they could have dragged from the upper bowl and put in goalie equipment and Claude did what ? Nothing. This has nothing to do with the NHL or the refs. It has to do with two teams and coaches giving a great effort. That’s mostly what last night was. Not every time do I walk out of there thinking I got value for my ticket price but I did last night. More like this please.

    • bruinssuck - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      hahaha i luv that !! Rask FAIL

    • bruinssuck - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      This video = Boston Fan n player n coach n staff !! LOL

  4. jb8383 - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Was a great game but hated to see it have to end in a shootout.

  5. jpelle82 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    3 pt division game toward the end of the season…get rid of the extra point or the shootout…last night’s game made almost no difference in the standings. great game to watch though…i was entertained

  6. axisofweasels - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    he looks like hes skiing in that picture

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