Byron had a shorthanded assist and three hits over 10:42 of ice time in Saturday's 6-1 loss to Washington. Byron badgered Washington's Dmitry Orlov, forcing a turnover that eventually led to him chasing down a rebound and feeding Brendan Gallagher for the Canadiens' lone goal. A lot of Byron's offense came exactly like this last season -- a direct result of hustle and speed -- when he had career highs in goals (22) and points (43). Montreal has put the puck in the net three times over the first two games, so if they continue to struggle to score, expect head coach Claude Julien to allot more ice time to Byron.
Byron netted two goals in Friday's 3-1 preseason victory over Florida. Byron, who is coming off a career-high 22 goals last season, has scored 33 goals in 143 games since the Canadiens claimed him off the waiver wire in 2015. He's not locked into any one line, but has provided enough offense to be trusted as a top-six forward over the past two seasons. On Friday, he skated with Phillip Danault and Andrew Shaw, with the trio accounting for all of Montreal's goals.
Byron scored two goals and went plus-4 on Thursday, helping the Habs to a playoff-clinching win over Florida. Byron has emerged out of basically nowhere to record 22 goals and 40 points alongside a plus-20 rating in 76 games this season, providing very helpful fantasy production for owners in deeper formats. His role has fluctuated -- Byron played less than 14 minutes in this one, the first time that's happened since Feb. 18 -- and the offense has come only in fits and starts, but that stat line is mighty impressive for a guy who came into the campaign with a career high of 21 points.
Byron scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over Ottawa on Sunday. Byron has been lighting the lamp with frequency lately, potting six goals over his last eight games to give him 20 on the season. He's seemingly come out of nowhere as a legitimate scoring threat, which is one of the most unlikeliest stories of the season considering he had just 28 goals in 200 career regular season NHL games heading into 2016-17.
Byron scored two goals and added an assist in Montreal's 4-1 win over Edmonton on Sunday. Byron hadn't practiced Saturday because of the flu and wasn't a sure thing when he awoke Sunday. The two goals give him 18 for the season, second on the team only to Max Pacioretty, and five points in the last five games.
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