When the Canadiens shifted Alex Galchenyuk to center at the start of training camp, they knew that he’d need some time to adjust to his new defensive responsibilities.
They were willing to put up with the mistakes in his own end because they believed the change would lead to more offensive production.
That hasn’t exactly been the case this season, but for one night, Galchenyuk was a able to be the hero for Montreal.
His power play goal at the 16:31 mark of the third period put the Canadiens ahead 3-2.
Galchenyuk has three goals on the season, but what’s more alarming is the gap between each one.
The 21-year-old scored in the first game of the season and got his second of the year 10 games later. He went 11 games without a goal prior to tonight’s tally.
The win gives Montreal a home-and-home sweep of the Islanders.
The Canadiens and Dallas Stars are atop the league standings with 32 points, but Dallas has a game in hand.
The news wasn’t all good for Montreal.