Gallagher had a goal, two shots on net and two hits in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa. The point gives Gallagher a modest three-game point streak and four in his last seven contests. The Habs really miss Gallagher's scoring touch this season, as Saturday's third-period tally was just his eighth in 53 games. And while Gallagher busts his butt on every shift, the goal had more to do with Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson failing to cover up the post on a bad-angle missive.
Gallagher filled in on the top line Saturday against the Rangers after Montreal scratched Alexander Radulov with a lower-body injury. He had three shots, three hits and a minor penalty over 18:05 of ice time in a 4-1 victory. If the Radulov injury lingers, Gallagher's value will rise if he remains on the top line, which has been the only unit that coach Claude Julien has been able to count on for consistent scoring.
Gallagher scored a goal and had five shots over 14:14 of ice time in Thursday's 2-1 win over Nashville. The goal was sweet relief for Gallagher, who snapped a 10-game drought when his wraparound caromed off a Predators defenseman to tie the game midway through the third period. At just seven goals in 47 games this season, Gallagher is reason No.1 for Montreal's scoring problems. The Habs need secondary scoring and Gallagher is typically one of the team's primary sources.
Gallagher returned to the Montreal lineup Sunday after missing 19 games with a broken hand. He had two shots and four hits over 11:06 of ice time in the Canadiens' 4-0 loss to the Bruins. When he was on the ice, Gallagher skated on the second line with Andrew Shaw and Alex Galchenyuk, but coach Michel Therrien limited him to just 16 shifts. The Canadiens now have a five-day break and will not play again until Saturday against the Jets.
Gallagher (hand) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Bruins. Gallagher's activation from injured reserve Sunday foreshadowed his return to the lineup, but now owners can use him without worry. He should slot back into a top-six role and back on the power play, but his exact placement among the lines should arrive when the team participates in pregame warmups.
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