Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
The attacker Brendan Gallagher (centre) was the hero of the evening Thursday, when he completed the first hat trick of his career.
His 467th game in the NHL and after 11 performance of 2 goals, Brendan Gallagher has finally completed a first hat trick, propelling Canada to a victory of 5-1 on Thursday in the face of the Philadelphia Flyers.
After a warm ovation from the supporters for the new retired Georges St-Pierre, honored before the game, the players the Habs have allowed the audience to continue to celebrate.
Gallagher launched the ball after 58 seconds of the game and put an end to the evening work of Carter Hart midway in the first period, before completing his hat trick after 2 min 56 s game in the second.
In 61 games this season, Gallagher has now collected 26 goals and 14 helpers, including 7 goals and 3 helpers in his last 8 outings. Its top staff is of 31 goals, set last season.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tomas Tatar have also hit the target for the Canadian (33-21-7), which won a second game after having crossed a sequence of four setbacks. Carey Price has rejected 29 shots.
“We’ve weathered. This is the key. When we skate well, we move the puck and create scoring chances, has analyzed the head coach of the Canadian, Claude Julien. Our defensive withdrawals was there. We have been able to minimize the damage that the Flyers have caused against several teams lately. “
Phillip Danault was returned to the game after missing an appointment Tuesday to face the Blue Jackets in Columbus to attend the birth of the first child of her marriage. It has garnered a help on the first goal to Gallagher, getting a 41st point this season, a peak in his career.
Max Domi has also established a top personal raising a 53rd point on the order of Tatar. The latter, for its part, reached the 20 goals for a fifth campaign in a row.
With Gallagher, Domi and Tatar who have already scored at least 20 goals this season, the Canadian account on at least 3 markers 20 goals for the first time since the 2014-2015 season. Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Alex Galchenyuk, and Gallagher had then reached this plateau.
On the side of the Flyers (28-26-7), Hart was forced out of his net, having given up three goals on nine shots in a little over ten minutes of game during a second game on. He had suffered the same fate on Tuesday, in a setback of 5-1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We always have information on the goalkeeper. Sometimes it works, sometimes not, has recalled Julien. They started the match with a good young goalie who has a long career ahead of him and that has helped a lot his team. This evening, we have been able to beat him early. It is like that. “
Brian Elliott has taken over from Hart and gave 2 goals on 31 shots.
Michael Raffle was the only way to thwart Price, by deflecting a shot by Shayne Gostisbehere 10 min 23 s of the third period.
Charles Hudon had been left by Julien due to the return to play Danault. Nicolas Deslauriers and Christian Folin were accompanied on the catwalk.
Artturi Lehkonen played his 200th game in the NHL.
The Canadian team will play its next four games abroad. This trip will begin with a stop in Toronto on Saturday to face the Maple Leafs.
Echoes of locker room
Brendan Gallagher was happy to see Georges St-Pierre being honored before the game :
“I’m always excited when it comes. “The fans are always noisy. I was one of his supporters, I believe that everyone in the locker room was. He has had an extraordinary career and he was a very talented guy. “
Tomas Tatar was surprised to learn that it was the first hat trick from Brendan Gallagher in the NHL :
“It is a good marker. He scored often against us when I played for the Detroit Red Wings. I’m surprised, but it is a beautiful moment for him. He has worked very hard this evening. “
Carter Hart was bad on the third goal he conceded, when Brendan Gallagher was surprised at the corner of the rink :
“I am always this way in pressing my foot against my pole and this is the first time in my life that I have given a purpose like this. I am certain that it will happen other times, but this is the kind of shot where he has one chance in a hundred of mark. “