NEW YORK - The fact that the Canadiens-Rangers series is heading down to New York could prove to be fruitful for Alex Galchenyuk.
The talented Habs forward would be the first to admit that his regular season didn't end the way he would've hoped. In the last 10 games of the year, Galchenyuk had two assists and two goals, including the overtime winner in the regular-season finale.
But the next two Habs-Blueshirts games being played at the famed Madison Square Garden will hopefully be a boon for the young American.
Over the course of his last five NHL seasons, Galchenyuk has seen action in seven regular-season games in the Rangers' barn, netting three goals and adding three assists. His 0.86 point-per-game average in regular-season play in the Big Apple is tops among active Canadiens, ahead of Max Pacioretty (0.82), Tomas Plekanec (0.80) and Andrei Markov (0.42).
Like several of his teammates, the 23-year-old forward was in the lineup the last time the Habs met the Rangers in the playoffs, in 2013-14. In three games in New York that spring, his lone goal was an important one.
With the Habs down 2-0 in the series, Galchenyuk found the back of the net in the first few minutes of overtime to give his team the win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final.
With just hours to go before Game 3 in 2017, only time will tell if Galchenyuk will again make his mark at Madison Square Garden.