Many, if not most goals scored in the NHL these days are scored because of traffic in front of the net: a deflection, a screen, or a physical push right into the goalie does the trick as often as not. But Sunday night in Detroit, Montreal right winger Brendan Gallagher scored from the most unlikely of places: behind the net and on one knee.
The Canadiens were leading the Red Wings 3-1 and nearing the midway mark of the third period when Gallagher begins the goal sequence: first, he fights for the puck behind Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard’s net; he loses control of it and winds up flat on his back after tangling with Detroit blueliner Jonathan Ericsson; but as he gets up, teammate Alex Galchenyuk pushes the puck back to him – and that’s when he scores from one knee (banking it in off of Howard’s backside) for the final goal of the night:
After a slow start to the season on offense, Gallagher is beginning to heat up: he had a goal and an assist in the Habs’ 4-1 win over the Wings to give him two goals and five points in his past five games and five goals and 10 points in 19 games this season. He’ll likely not score another goal from a more difficult spot on the ice than that.