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MTL@CAR: About Tuesday night...

The loss to the Hurricanes may hurt, but losing Brendan Gallagher may be more painful for the Canadiens

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier, translated by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

RALEIGH - Here are a few key storylines from Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

Gallagher falls in battle

The Canadiens closed out their post-holiday trip with a third straight loss on Tuesday night, this time to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The end result may be disappointing, but the real source of concern among the Habs was the health status of Brendan Gallagher.

The alternate captain had to leave the game at the end of the second period after coming into contact with Ben Chiarot.

The defenseman is keeping Gallagher in his thoughts.

"Obviously, you never want to see one of your guys hurt and it's even worse when it's off of you," shared Chiarot following the Canadiens' 3-1 loss. "Gally is a heart and soul guy for our team, and it's hard to see him go down like that. He's not a guy who lays on the ice unless he's really hurt."

Video: Ben Chiarot on the contact with Gallagher

Head coach Claude Julien was also preoccupied by Gallagher's injury situation.

The Canadiens' infirmary is starting to get a little busy.

"We're trying to get the most out of our players. We lost another key player. I don't know the situation or the duration, but you still lose another player," outlined Julien during his postgame press conference. "We had a goal disallowed. It's not because of a lack of effort or will. We're trying to get the best out of our players with all the injuries, but we're coming up short."

Video: Claude Julien's postgame press conference in Carolina

Solid outing for Lindgren

A bright spot in the loss was the performance of Charlie Lindgren in net.

The American, who was making his first start with the Habs this season, turned aside 33 of 35 shots to give his team a chance to win.

He notably made a save worthy of play of the week honors in the final frame.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: CHARLIE 😱😱😱#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/g2rYohagVV

His teammates took the opportunity to praise his efforts following the game.

"Chuck played great. He made some huge saves. That one was unbelievable. I think that one goal, we left him hanging out to dry there," mentioned Max Domi, who scored his team's only goal of the night. "I think he was great. He's a great teammate, he's been practicing hard, he's so positive. And then he gets in like that and it's unfortunate we couldn't give him a better effort tonight."

Video: Max Domi on Charlie Lindgren's performance

Lindgren is certainly pleased with his showing in Raleigh, but he would've preferred to come away from the contest with two points in hand.

"It sucks to lose a big game, standings-wise. But personally, I felt really good out there," explained Lindgren. "I always feel comfortable up here so I felt good to get back in there."

Video: Lindgren on his first Canadiens game of the season

Domi keeps on rolling

Domi is literally on fire right now. The 24-year-old center lit the lamp for a sixth straight game on Tuesday.

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He became the sixth Canadiens player in the past 40 years to score in six consecutive contests, joining the likes of Guy Lafleur, Steve Shutt, Ryan Walter, Denis Savard, and Max Pacioretty. 

The tally also extended Domi's points streak to seven games.

Domi and the Canadiens start off the 2020 calendar year with a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

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