BOSTON – When you get scoring up and down your lineup, you typically put yourself in a good position to come away with a win.
After Brendan Gallagher Jersey broke a scoreless game open with his third goal of the year at the 11:41 mark of the middle frame on Saturday night, it was Phillip Danault Jersey, Phillip Danault Jersey and Torrey Mitchell who chipped in with goals the rest of the way en route to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
Not only was it the Canadiens’ third victory in a row, but also the ninth straight time they’d come out on top in Boston dating back to January 12, 2012.
“The three of them were great,” said Gallagher, regarding the effort Danault, Byron and Mitchell put forward on Saturday night. “All year, we’ve been relying on them. We’ve been rolling four lines pretty consistently, and it helps everyone. Everyone’s a little fresher and getting the job done, so it helps.”
That has certainly shown up on the scoresheet, with Michel Therrien’s troops outscoring their opponents by a 13-4 margin dating back to their 4-0 shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the home opener on October 18. They’re also averaging a league-leading four goals per game right now, too, right alongside the high-flying Edmonton Oilers.
On Saturday night, though, it wasn’t the big guns putting up the bigger goals, which Therrien focused on and praised following the win.
“Our support players did some exceptional work tonight,” said Therrien, lauding the work of Byron and Mitchell, in particular, in his postgame press conference. “In my mind, [Paul Byron is] one of the fastest players in the NHL. We got to know him last year and we were really satisfied with his season. He’s a player who’s capable of creating scoring chances and scoring, even on the penalty kill… [Torrey Mitchell is] a warrior. He played good hockey.”
Byron’s awesome speed was on full display for his short-handed tally, but Mitchell’s effort to light the lamp behind Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin after taking a high stick to the face from David Krejci was something that really caught his teammates’ attention and turned plenty of heads on the bench.