Wow, nobody was expecting the Montreal Canadiens to start the season 4-1-0…at least i wasn’t anyway. This shortened season could prove to be rather a strange one but i sometimes need to remind myself were only 5 games into this 48 game season. Its been quite the wild couple of weeks here in habs land with the Gomez buyout, the P.K Subban contract dispute and Max Pacioretty gone for about a month, alot of distractions to begin a short season! A few surprises and young stars in the making have made these first few games exciting to be a habs fan. First of all lets give Andre Markov a round of applause! WOW! Did anyone predict he would be playing as well as he has been lately? 4 goals and 3 assists in 5 games tied for the team lead in points along side red hot Rapheal Diaz and his 7 assists. He is one of the main reasons Montreal is winning hockey games and helping to resurrect there power play, which was horrible;e last season a big reason the habs were dead last in the eastern conference. Markov isn’t the only hab turning heads so far in this young season, a pair of rookies are also giving us a reason to be excited for the future. Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher have been impressive as well. Galchenyuk has 1 goal and 4 assists in his first 5 NHL games and Gallagher has 2 goals and 2 assists in his first 4 NHL games. These two rookies have been playing great along side Brandon Prust. Personally i think they have been one of Montreal’s top two lines so far this season. My 3 stars for the first five games so far this season would be Andre Markov, Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Ill be back next week to review the habs season after a few more games.
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