Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal and registered an assist in Montreal's 7-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

It was just Galchenyuk's fourth game since returning from a knee injury that had sidelined him for over a month. He now has three points since his return.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alexander Galchenyuk, who scored the overtime winner Thursday night, is beginning to look more at home on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.

After being out of action since April 9th with a knee injury, it took Galchenyuk the first two games in the series against the Rangers to shake off the rust. In Thursday night's Game 3, Galchenyuk started to look like the talented rookie who began the 2013-14 regular season on fire. He had two shots on goal and was dangerous on a number of occasions before potting a rather lucky goal in overtime. Keep an eye on Galchenyuk going forward. He could be a difference maker.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk played hero for Montreal Thursday as he was credited with the overtime winner in the Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win over the Rangers.

Galchenyuk was on the fortunate end of a bouncing puck as a rebound diverted by Henrik Lundqvist caromed directly off his chest before it ricocheted into the Rangers goal. The Canadiens were outplayed in the contest, but ended up with a win primarily because of the play of Dustin Tokarski. Daniel Briere and Andrei Markov also found the back of the net for the Habs in the winning effort.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien expects Alex Galchenyuk to improve as the Eastern Conference Final progresses.

Galchenyuk (knee) played on Monday for the first time since April 9. He had two shots on goal and a minus-one rating in 13:23 minutes of playing time. There's a fair chance that he'll see his minutes increase in Game 3 of the series.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) was back in Montreal's lineup for Game 2 against the New York Rangers.

In his first game action since April 9th, he posted two shots, a penalty for tripping and a minus-1 rating in 13:23 of ice time. Galchenyuk replaced Michael Bournival, who sat as a healthy scratch, on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Thomas Vanek in the contest.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

It doesn't sound like a green light to add him to your playoff team right this moment, but the Montreal Canadiens are at least leaving the door open for Alex Galchenyuk to play in Game 2 on Monday.

Galchenyuk received extra time in practice and was cleared for contact, leaving Michel Therrien to say there's "always a possibility" that he could play against the New York Rangers. It would be wise to wait for confirmation, though, especially since he could be a little rusty.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Although he has been cleared for contract, Alex Galchenyuk will need practice time to get into game shape before he will be a roster consideration.

Galchenyuk has not played since April 9th due to a knee injury and in order to keep up with the quick pace of playoff games he will need at least a number of up-tempo scrimmages under his belt. "He needs more practice to get into playoff shape, physically and mentally", said Montreal coach Michel Therrien. We don't expect Galchenyuk to be in the Habs' lineup Saturday for Game 1 or Monday for Game 2.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has been cleared for contact.

Galchenyuk hasn't been able to participate in the Canadiens' playoff run thus far, but he might be able to join them in the Eastern Conference Final. He had 13 goals and 31 points in 65 regular season games.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) was on the ice again on Wednesday.

Although Galchenyuk has been skating lately, he's not expected to return for Game 7 against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday. Galchenyuk hasn't been available since April 9.

Alex Galchenyuk C MON 2 Months

Alex Galchenyuk (knee) skated by himself on Sunday.

He hasn't played since April 9th and he's not expected to play for the remainder of Round 2. The Montreal Canadiens trail Boston 3-2 in their best-of-seven series and their season could end Monday night in Game 6.