Gallagher had a team-high seven shots over 19:38 of ice time in Monday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders. Gallagher topped a lineup that fired 56 shots on New York's Thomas Greiss. More important than getting pucks to the net, Gallagher's time on ice was a season high and more than four minutes above his average ice time (15:17). We've been hard on head coach Claude Julien for limiting Gallagher's ice time, but the coach has allotted 18:31 of playing time for Montreal's leading goal scorer over the last two games.
Gallagher had five shots on net with a goal and an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over Vancouver. The Canadiens' mightiest mite scored his second game-winning goal of the season midway through the third period, then later helped out on Paul Byron's insurance marker. Gallagher leads the Habs with 16 goals while ranking eighth among forwards in ice time.
Gallagher scored a power-play goal and had three shots on net in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Gallagher's goal was his team-leading 15th of the season, but it's odd that a team's leading scorer would receive only 13:43 of ice time. The only forwards who got fewer minutes were the fourth-liners.
Gallagher had a team-high seven shots on net and scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-2 win over Calgary. Gallagher, who entered the game on a six-game goal-scoring drought, batted home his own rebound to score his team-leading 14th goal of the season. The 25-year-old forward finished a pretty feed from behind the net by linemate Artturi Lehkonen, who returned to the lineup after missing 15 games due to a lower-body injury. We haven't seen much of the Gallagher-Lehkonen combination, although the duo collaborated on a pair of goals in last season's playoffs. We expect to see these two capable scorers on the same line Saturday night in Gallagher's hometown of Edmonton.
Gallagher had three shots and one blocked shot over 12:46 of ice time in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Ottawa. Gallagher has gone five straight games without a goal or a point of any type. Maybe that's why head coach Claude Julien limited his ice time -- Saturday's TOI was nearly three minutes fewer than his season average -- but the Canadiens' leading goal-scorer probably shouldn't play less than fourth-liner Nicolas Deslauriers (13:24), for example.
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