Galchenyuk suffered a broken right pinky finger Mar. 3 and played the rest of the season with it, the Montreal Gazette reports. Despite the finger injury, Galchenyuk thrived, scoring 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in the final 17 games. It took forever for head coach Michel Therrien to find the right combination, moving Galchenyuk from center to wing and back to center again, but putting him with Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher unlocked the talented 22-year-old, who tied for the team high with 30 goals while averaging only 16:15 of ice time per game. There needs to be changes next season, particularly on offense, but the Habs will likely keep Galchenyuk at center with the same linemates.
Galchenyuk scored twice Saturday in a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay to reach the 30-goal mark for the first time this season. He also added an assist. Galchenyuk finished the season with 30 goals and 56 points, and won the Habs' player of the year for his performance. He has eight points, including four goals, in his last nine games. Galchenyuk has progressively increased his point total each and every season, so we fully expect him to take another jump in 2016-17.
Galchenyuk had two helpers -- including on the game-winning goal -- in Tuesdya's 4-3 win over the Red Wings. A plus-3 rating rounded out a successful night for the 22-year-old, who currently has four points in the last four games. Galchenyuk's 52 points this season is a new career high, but he unfortunately sports an unattractive rating of minus-11, due in large part to the struggles of Montreal as a whole this season. Still, Galchenyuk has been a solid fantasy producer all season, and that should continue through the final few games.
Galchenyuk had an assist in Thursday night's 4-3 loss to Detroit. The point gives him 50 for the season, the first time he's reached that plateau in his career. Galchenyuk becomes the first Canadien aged 22-years or younger to hit the 50-plateau since Andrei Kostitsyn (53 points) in 2007-08. We're betting Galchenyuk's career tracks better than Kostitsyn's, but he may need a new voice on the bench. As the Habs' most productive player over the past few weeks, it's odd that head coach Michel Therrien gave him less ice time (16:43) than the 31-year-old Torrey Mitchell (17:54). Therrien really needs to let the young guys play.
Galchenyuk had four shots and scored his team-high 27th goal in Tuesday night's 4-3 win over Anaheim. Galchenyuk finds the back of the net after going three games without scoring. That's a drought that seems unfathomable after the young forward scored 12 goals on 30 shots in a 10-game span. During the goal-less three-game streak, Galchenyuk had just four shots, so it was encouraging to see him getting off shots against the Ducks on Tuesday. As the Canadiens play out the string, one thing worth turning out for is to see if Galchenyuk can reach the 30-goal mark.
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