Brendan Gallagher

Pete Townshend got it right, as usual. The kids are alright. He was talking about the mod kids in mid-60s London but I’m taking about the Habs Kidz – Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller.

It appears that the EGG line is cracked and lying on the trash heap of history with ‘Old Man’ Tomas Plekanec centring Gally and Gally and ‘Terminator’ Eller between Max Pacioretty and ‘Really Old Man’ Daniel Briere. But there is no denying that it is the youth movement that’s giving the spark that’s igniting the Canadiens this year (especially if we can still consider P.K. Subban a young man!).

Did you see that game Thursday night in Edmonton? First Habs goal, to tie it up, has Galchenyuk feeding Gallagher who is in his office, two inches from the net. There was another very nice passing play a little later when Galchenyuk again set up Gallagher but Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk made a big save.

Then there’s the beauty of a third goal with Gallagher sending a seeing-eye pass to Galchenyuk who whipped it into an empty net. With that, the game was over.

Saturday morning, Galchenyuk is 5th in scoring in the league, with one goal and six assists. Eller is 6th with four goals and two assists and Gallagher is 25th with three goals and two assists. All three have played four games.

When’s the last time Montreal has had so many exciting young players? I took a decade-plus break from watching hockey – blame the Sex Pistols – and only returned in the late 80s/early 90s, just as the Habs were sliding into this two-decade flirtation with mediocrity. And during the past 20 years, I can’t recall a wave of young guys on the team with so much spark.

And I’m expecting a big night out of Gallagher Saturday against the Canucks given it’s his second homecoming this week. He was born in Edmonton – and notched a goal and assist in his hometown Thursday – and moved with his family when he was 12 to the Vancouver area. So assume we’ll be getting some more Gally & Gally magic on (late night) Hockey Night in Canada.

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