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Alex Galchenyuk was moved from second-line center to first-line right wing in the third period of Friday night's game and scored the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win over the Devils, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Head coach Michel Therrien's decision to replace Devante Smith-Pelly on the top line worked out as Max Pacioretty sprung Galchenyuk, who split two defenders and beat Cory Schneider with a back-hander. Galchenyuk and the second line has played well the last five games, so we'll have to see if Therrien is willing to upset the chemistry of that unit and move Galchenyuk to the top line. We'll learn soon as the Montreal Canadiens and Devils are back at it Saturday night in Montreal.
Ryan Johansen scored a goal on six shots against the Penguins on Friday.
Johansen has three goals, and four points, in his last four games, although this only gives him five goals in 22 games on the season. That's a bit disappointing, but if he's given the minutes, his numbers should improve. Clearly, he's been better recently.
Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-tying goal and also potted one in the shootout Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Devils.
Galchenyuk beat Cory Schneider glove side in regulation, so he went that way again in the shootout frame and succeeded once more, making Schneider appear dizzy from tracking so much stick movement. With Brendan Gallagher out about six weeks due to a hand injury, Galchenyuk should be relied upon more heavily. The Wisconsin native now has four goals and 11 assists in 23 games this season.
Evgeni Malkin earned Pittsburgh's second fighting major of the season and scored the team's lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss Friday.
Frustrated by a pair of slashing penalties called against him and compounded by Brandon Dubinsky's cross-check to Sidney Crosby's neck, Malkin squared off against defender Jack Johnson in a quasi-fight with the two separated by an official the entire time. His nine penalty minutes were a season high while the power-play goal was his fifth on the man advantage and ninth overall. He now has five goals on 12 shots in his last five contests.
Victor Rask triggered the goal lamp in Friday night's loss to the Sabres.
It wasn't the prettiest goal as Rask stood near the border of the crease and appeared to sneak in a rebound off an Eric Staal shot. The score was initially credited to Staal but ended up being changed in Rask's favor. He now has two goals and one assist over the past five games.
Sidney Crosby , who left Friday's game for several minutes, extended his point streak to four games with a power-play assist Friday.
Crosby was the recipient of a Brandon Dubinsky cross-check to the neck late in the second period. He went directly to the dressing room but returned for the start of the third. Crosby has a well-documented history of head and neck injuries, so fantasy owners will want to make sure he's healthy heading into Saturday's home tilt against Edmonton.
Claude Giroux finished off Friday's game against the Predators by notching an assist on Shayne Gostisbehere's game-winning goal, giving him two helpers on the night.
Giroux entered Friday having tallied four points in the past two games, and added to that streak Friday, despite not scoring for the first time after doing so in the previous two. He could potentially face another top-notch netminder Saturday in Henrik Lundqvist, but it's possible he and the Philadelphia Flyers will get lucky and avoid Lundqvist in the second game of a back-to-back set.
Jack Eichel found twine in Friday's 4-1 win over Carolina.
The rookie phenom now has a team-high eight goals on the season. One of the many attributes causing hockey fans to drop their jaws when watching Eichel is his sheer hustle and determination. He'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Ryan Kesler 's assist Friday against Chicago stretched his point streak to three games and three points (two goals, one assist). It's his longest scoring streak of the season.
Now if only the quacks would win a bit more. He, like so many of his teammates, got off to a slumbering start and now they're behind the proverbial eight ball this season. Kesler will be a key part of a run back to playoff contention, so this micro-streak could be the start of something beautiful.
Brian Boyle registered a goal and three blocked shots in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Capitals.
Boyle is 6-foot-7, 243 pounds, so blocks are to be expected. The goal was his 20th in 103 games as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning .