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Canadiens rookie Gallagher returns to game

Wednesday, 04.17.2013 / 8:01 PM / News

By Chris Adamski - NHL.com Correspondent

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Canadiens rookie Gallagher returns to game
Montreal Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher gingerly went off the ice and into the locker room late in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a slap shot off his lower left leg.

PITTSBURGH -- Montreal Canadiens rookie wing Brendan Gallagher gingerly went off the ice and into the locker room late in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a slap shot off his lower left leg, but returned for the second period.

Gallagher went down to block a Matt Niskanen shot with from the left point and stayed on the ice for a few moments before a whistle was blown for a Montreal penalty. Gallagher retreated to the bench, skating while bent over.

Gallagher, 20, is tied for the NHL lead in goals by a rookie with 13 in 38 games. His 24 points are tied for fourth, and he is on a three-game point streak.

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