Canadiens' Alex Galchenyuk: Benched in third period

Galchenyuk was benched in the third period and had a team-low 9:18 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary on Thursday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

Head coach Claude Julien wasn't shy about blaming Galchenyuk for the Flames' third-period, game-tying goal. The score followed Galchenyuk losing a puck battle along the boards. "In a tie game ... he wasn't very good tonight along the boards so that's the decision I took," the coach said about benching Galchenyuk. Perhaps it would have been a harder coaching decision had the 23-year-old forward been scoring, but he has just six goals this season with two in the last 18.

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