Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk celebrates his goal with teammates on the way to a 4-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. (QMI Agency)
MONTREAL - After a sloppy first effort Saturday night in a loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien opted for some rookie energy Tuesday night.
Habs freshmen Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher got the electricity going in the Bell Centre and the Canadiens got their first victory of the season, a 4-1 win over a tired Florida Panthers team.
Galchenyuk drew a standing ovation when the 18-year-old scored his first NHL goal in the second period to make it 4-1, tipping a shot by Brandon Prust and then launching himself into the glass to celebrate.
Gallagher, a feisty little forward who was constantly in the blue paint, drew an assist on the goal for his first NHL point.