EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — A couple of the young Montreal Canadiens got the best of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Second-year forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist and the Canadiens won for the second time in their past three outings, defeating the Oilers 4-1.
"Me and Gallagher have played quite a bit together," said Galchenyuk, who was drafted third overall in 2012, behind former junior teammate turned Edmonton Oilers first overall selection Nail Yakupov.
"I love playing with (Gallagher). He is a fun player. If I give him the puck he usually makes no mistake with it. He's fast and has great vision."
It was a special night for Gallagher who made his first pro appearance playing in his hometown of Edmonton.
"It was pretty cool," the 21-year-old said. "I was pretty excited to come in here tonight and play in front of a lot of friends and family that I grew up with. I saw a lot of games in this building as a kid so it was really special walking down that tunnel tonight.
"I just wanted to help and contribute. To contribute by being on the score sheet is always fun."
Brandon Prust and Max Pacioretty also scored and P.K. Subban had three assists for the Canadiens (2-2-0), who were making their second stop on a four-game Western Canadian trip.
"I thought it was a great team effort tonight," Subban said. "We stuck to the game plan and we didn't get frustrated when they got a goal early on. We battled back and we did it for each other.
"It feels great to get our first win on this road trip. We have two more really important games and an opportunity to build some momentum coming out of this road trip."
Ryan Smyth scored for the Oilers (1-3-0), who start on a lengthy six-game road trip.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said his team played well, but didn't have much puck luck.
"I wouldn't mind a break to go our way, he said. "I thought we played a good game, probably the most solid game that we've played so far. Improvement is nice, but it's not good enough if you end up losing the game."
There was no scoring in the first period, but there were some quality chances.
Edmonton's best early opportunity came 11 minutes in when defenseman Justin Schultz pinched in from the point and had a point-blank shot on net, but hit Montreal goalie Peter Budaj in the face, ripping off his mask.
With seven minutes left in the first, the puck was in the Edmonton crease with Oilers starter Devan Dubnyk out of the play, but defender Nick Schultz was able to swoop in and send it to safety.