Desharnais is eighth in team scoring with 21 points in 44 games.
His absence forced Canadiens coach Michel Therrien to juggle his forward lines, and to dress seven defensemen with Francis Bouillon was in uniform to take Desharnais’ spot in the lineup.
Desharnais normally skates between Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher on Montreal’s top offensive line, one that plays on the No. 1 power-play unit. Lars Eller moved up from the third line and took that spot Tuesday, with Daniel Briere moving over from his spot on Eller’s wing to center the third line.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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