Galchenyuk nets his first as Habs get first win
Alex Galchenyuk scored his first NHL goal to bring the roof down at the Bell Centre as the Canadiens posted their first win of the season, beating the Florida Panthers 4-1 to move to 1 and 1 on the season.
Galchenyuk was in the right place at the right time: in front of Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, when linemate Brandon Prust fired the puck toward the net. The puck deflected off Galchenyuk behind Clemmensen at 14:25 of the third period to seal the deal and give the Canadiens their three-goal margin of victory.
After scoring the goal, Galchenyuk lept high into the glass: the fans loving it.
"I was definitely excited," said the 18-year-old rookie when this one was over. "I was skating around pumped and saw the fans going nuts so I thought I might as well jump the glass."
Rookie Brendan Gallagher picked up an assist on the goal by Galchenyuk for his first NHL point in his Habs' debut.
Galchenyuk earned the game's first star for his efforts. Andrei Markov had two goals, on the power play, to come away as the game's second star. Prior to tonight, Markov's last goal came in November of 2010. Carey Price, the third star, was sharp when he had to be; kicking out 27 shots for the win.
Tomas Plekanec scored the other goal for the Habs, taking a perfect feed from Brian Gionta and drilling it home from the slot.
Alex Kovalev returned to Montreal as a member of the Florida Panthers and was given a nice round of applause when introduced as a member of the starting lineup. However, then the boo birds took over and they let AK27 hear it, every time he touched the puck.