Even though he’s a rookie, Brendan Gallagher understands the significance of the longstanding Montreal-Boston rivalry.
The Canadiens forward — who is one of the three finalists for this year’s Calder Trophy — told the Vancouver Sun that, despite his friendship with Bruins forward (and fellow ex-WHL Vancouver Giant) Milan Lucic, he doesn’t want to see Boston win the Stanley Cup.
“I mean, I’m happy for Lootch and I’m glad he’s doing well,” Gallagher said. “But I just don’t want to see Boston win.”
Gallagher, 21, finished the year on the rookie leaderboard in a number of key statistical categories: second in the league in shots (117), second in goals (tied), fourth in points (28) and fifth in plus-minus (plus-10).
He also thrust himself into the Habs-Bruins rivalry by scoring this dramatic game-tying goal in a late-March contest:
All told, Gallagher finished with three points in four games against the Bruins this season.