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If Brendan Gallagher harvest success offensive, it is because of his hard work around the opposition’s net, underscore Claude Julien and his team-mates.
Back to his supporters this week, the Canadian was soon stopped its slide of four parties, which had begun with a defeat in overtime in the face of the Toronto Maple Leafs. And again the Maple Leafs while montreal will have the opportunity Saturday, to approach a single point from its rivals and the third largest of the Atlantic chapter.
Two weeks ago, the Maple Leafs came to the Bell Centre with one point ahead of the Canadian. The second row of the Atlantic chapter was then at stake, and John Tavares had allowed the Leafs to leave Montreal without having lost face against a team with expectations much lower this season by touching the target extension.
Since this duel of 9 February, the Boston Bruins have won seven games in a row, which allowed them to pre-empt the Canadian and the Maple Leafs in the standings. For their part, the Maple Leafs have won only two of their six games (2-3-1).
The offensive toronto is in neutral for three meetings then it has generated just four goals during a sequence of three consecutive losses (0-2-1).
“I like the way we played the majority of the night,” said head coach Mike Babcock after the 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs face the Washington Capitals on Thursday. I believe that if you continue to do good things, the wind will eventually turn. So it does not worry me too much. “
On the side of the Canadian, the offensive has scored at least five goals in a match for the 15th time this season in a win of 5-1 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.
Phillip Danault and Max Domi have shattered personal highs for points in a season, Brendan Gallagher has a successful first round of the hat and is heading for a second campaign in a row of at least 30 goals, while Tomas Tatar reached 20 goals for a fifth season in a row. All this with still 21 games to play.
“These are things that come with the victories and successes, said Gallagher about the many exploits personal made by his teammates and him. They have all contributed significantly to the success of the team. We rely on them every game and they are constant. It is for this reason that so many of the records of the individual have been beaten. “
While many feared that the departure of Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk before the season create a vacuum on the side of the attack, the offensive of the Canadian was rather 14th through the NHL before the meetings of Friday, with an average of goals scored per game 2.98. The Tricolore has not finished a season as high in the standings at this chapter from 2012-2013, when it was ranked fifth with an average output of 3.04 goals per game during the campaign, which was shortened by the lockout.
“It is because we are playing hockey quickly,” explained head coach Claude Julien after the victory against the Flyers. There is nothing more difficult to defend a team that runs towards you at full speed.
“Our forwards come back in support before turning and heading towards the offensive zone with speed rather than be lazy and wait to receive a pass at the blue line by being immobile. It is this which has helped a lot our team this season. “
While the rating tightens behind the Canadian with the Hurricanes of Carolina and the Blue Jackets in Columbus on the lookout, troupe Claude Julien will want to take advantage of the duel to face the Maple Leafs for the opportunity to continue to look ahead, not behind.
“They are always big games against them, especially at this time of the year and because of our situation, acknowledged the defender Brett Kulak. The table is set for a great game and we all look forward to. “