Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gallagher Scores Twice to Reach 30 Goals, Canadiens Beat Red Wings 4-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gallagher Scores Twice to Reach 30 Goals, Canadiens Beat Red Wings 4-2

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Gallagher leads Canadiens over Red Wings 4-2

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MONTREAL - Even with the Montreal Canadiens eliminated from playoff contention, Brendan Gallagher continues to battle hard every single game.

Gallagher scored twice, including his 30th goal of the season, as the Canadiens defeated the visiting Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Monday.

The feisty winger also notched his 48th and 49th points of the season. His previous career high was 47.

"It's nice," said Gallagher of reaching the 30-goal plateau. "You want to contribute and you want to score. It's also nice to get it out of the way and stop talking about myself and get back to finishing hard and finishing the right way.

"We have five games remaining and we want to finish the right way game after game and really push each other to carry this over into next year."

With the scored tied 1-1 in the second period, Gallagher scored his first of the game and team-leading 29th of the year at 4:27. The Habs forward threw the puck on net from the corner of the ice and it bounced off Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser's skate and in.

The Edmonton native, who has now scored in three consecutive contests, notched his 30th at 9:32 when he tipped a shot by Mike Reilly on net. The puck went off Jared Coreau's skate, landed in the crease, and the Red Wings goalie accidentally knocked it in himself.

"Those are the ones I'm used to scoring," said Gallagher, who also had two blocked shots. "It's always good when the guys don't really know that you scored the goals. But any way you can score is obviously nice."

The five-foot-nine forward came inches away from netting his first career hat trick. With 4:26 remaining in the game, Gallagher nearly knocked a loose puck in the net but teammate Alex Galchenyuk got his stick on it first to make it 4-2.

"I don't think there's a guy who works harder in this locker room," Jeff Petry said of Gallagher. …

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