Brendan Gallagher has built almost his entire career on the aggression he can bring to the Montreal Canadiens on the ice. Despite his 31 years and his injury history, Gallagher still does his best to bring that same dimension to the Habs every night.
Sunday at the Bell Center in a 2-1 loss against the Nashville Predators, it was the kind of game where Gallagher seemed to be fighting all the battles. As he has often done during his career, Gallagher found himself in the thick of the action in his 14:57 playing time.
His 15 attempts at goal – 10 of which were on target – attracted attention, with Gallagher receiving flowers after Sunday night’s match.
“He is playing with a lot of energy and passion today. There are areas where we know he is. It would be nice to reward him because he played well,” admitted head coach Martin St-Louis.
“I think, (he encouraged his colleagues). I think he brought others to war. He does this more often than we talk. Certainly with 15 attempts to throw, it’s a lot of talk. »
Gallagher’s efforts sometimes go too far. During the consecutive 2nd period, Joel Armia was denied a goal because Gallagher blocked Preds goalie Juuse Saros.
During his first years in the NHL with St. Louis Blues, Jake Allen had to face Gallagher a few times. Although the number of matchups between the two men has been limited since they play in different conferences, Allen has been tested enough by Gallagher to prove his impact.
“He played like an old version of himself all year, the Gally which I knew before coming here. He brings a lot of players to fights, I think that’s an important element to have in your team. He is a blow to any goalkeeper who faces him.