In the Habs room: Victory has team all a-twitter

 

 
 
 
 
Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher, left, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty celebrate Pacioretty’s first-period goal against the Boston Bruins during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.
 
 

Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher, left, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty celebrate Pacioretty’s first-period goal against the Boston Bruins during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.

Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette

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There was a lot of tweeting and texting in the wake of the Canadiens’ 6-4 victory over the Boston Bruins Thursday night at the Bell Centre.

For starters, there were tweets featuring a video of Jiri Sekac Sr. jumping up to celebrate his son Jiri’s first NHL goal.

“He can get excited but never like that,” the younger Sekac said as a reporter showed him his father’s reaction. “I’ve seen that quite a few times already. I think it’s going to be all over the Internet.”

Dad wasn’t the only member of the family who was excited.

“I tried not to think about my family being there, but I was nervous,” said Sekac, who sparked a Canadiens’ comeback late in the second period. He scored on a rebound at 18:11 to tie the game at 3-3 and P.A. Parenteau put Montreal ahead for good with a goal at 19:36.

“My family has been really helpful to me and I’m happy they were able to see my first NHL goal,” added Sekac.

Then there was the text Brendan Gallagher planned to send to his younger brother after his first two-goal game.

“My little brother gives it to me all the time and now I can tell him to shut up,” said Gallagher, who also added an assist.

Gallagher tapped in a puck after Max Pacioretty’s shot went through Tuukka Rask’s pads and then was credited with what proved to be the winning goal when Pacioretty’s shot deflected off his chest in the third period.

“The first one was pretty easy, it was just a tap-in,” said Gallagher. “I thought our line had lots of chances tonight and it’s easy for me because Davey (Desharnais) sees the ice so well and Max creates chances with his speed.”

Parenteau finished with two goals after adding an empty-netter and he said he felt a sense of relief.

“I had some chances on the road and it was nice to score in my first game here at the Bell Centre. My shot was well placed, but I got a some great passes from my linemates,” said Parenteau, who was set up by Tomas Plekanec.

The evening started with the introduction of the team as they skated on the ice and passed the torch.

“When I was out there for those few seconds, it was a dream come true,” said Parenteau, who grew up as a Canadiens fans in Gatineau.

Pacioretty had a goal and two assists and said he was happy to see 10 different players earn at least one point.

“We spread the scoring around and it was good to see so many players involved,” said Pacioretty. “This was a good game after losing in Tampa. We had a little bit of a letdown but we came back strong in the second.”

“We had a little bit of s letdown but we came back strong in the second period

Coach Michel Therrien said he was happy to see the power play produce two goals but most he liked the team’s aggressive style.

“I liked the spirit,” said Therrien. “We were going strong to the net. I like the way our mentality changed.”

Therrien noted that the power play will get better as the team gets more time to practice.

“We only had one practice, not five,” Therrien said when asked whether the extra work this week paid dividends. “Tonight we were engaged. There were some breakdowns but most of the time we were solid. We didn’t give up much in the third and that’s a good sign.”

 
 
 
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Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher, left, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty celebrate Pacioretty’s first-period goal against the Boston Bruins during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.
 

Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher, left, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty celebrate Pacioretty’s first-period goal against the Boston Bruins during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.

Photograph by: John Mahoney, The Gazette

 
Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher, left, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty celebrate Pacioretty’s first-period goal against the Boston Bruins during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty scores a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask with help from team mate David Desharnais. Bruins defencemen Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid found themselves out of position.
The puck slides to the Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty from a rebound on David Desharnais’ shot in front of Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask. Pacioretty put the puck in the net for a goal. Bruins defencemen Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid found themselves out of position.
The Montreal Canadiens’ Tom Gilbert, left, clears Boston Bruin Carl Soderberg from in front of goalie Carey Price during the Habs’ home opener at Bell Centre on Thursday.
Montreal Canadiens Andrei Markov blocks a shot in front of goalie Carey Price as Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara, 33, and Torey Krug try to dig it out during the Habs’ home opener on Thursday.
The Montreal Canadiens' Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, centre, celebrates his second-period goal against the Boston Bruins with team-mates Alexei Emelin, left, Alex Galchenyuk, right, and P.K. Subban during the Habs' home opener Thursday in Montreal.
The Montreal Canadiens' David Desharnais has the puck knocked off his stick by Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara, 33, in front of goalie Tuuka Rask Thursday at Bell Centre.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes a save as Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara looks for a rebound during the Habs’ home opener Thursday at Bell Centre. The Habs’ Andrei Markov is at the bottom of the frame.
Boston Bruins Milan Lucic yells at a referee after coming out of the penalty box following a penalty during third period of the Habs-Bruins game. Lucic was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty for his actions.
The Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic reacts as he is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier after receiving a minor penalty in the final seconds of their game against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.
The Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher, left, is congratulated by teammates following a goal past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during third period of hockey action at Bell Centre on Thursday. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-4.
The Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher celebrates his game-winning goal against the Boston Bruins during the third period of the Habs' home opener Thursday at Bell Centre.
Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur greets Habs fans Michael Palmer and his son Logan outside Bell Centre prior to the start of the Habs’ home opener in Montreal Thursday. The Palmers are from Toronto.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden raises the torch during a ceremony prior to the home opener against the Boston Bruins in Montreal on Thursday.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden raises the torch during a ceremony prior to the home opener against the Boston Bruins in Montreal on Thursday.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Ken Dryden passes the torch to current Hab Carey Price during a ceremony prior to the home opener against the Boston Bruins in Montreal on Thursday.
Montreal Canadiens fan Susie Sorrelle, who is from Montreal but currently living in Dallas, gets in the face of Boston Bruins fan Phil Anderson outside Bell Centre prior to the Habs’ home opener in Montreal on Thursday. The two had not met previously.
Sisters Darlene Steves, left, and Suzanne Pearson are at odds outside Bell Centre prior to the Habs’ home opener in Montreal on Thursday. Pearson now lives in Saskatchewan.
MONTREAL, QUE.: OCTOBER 16, 2014 -- Montreal Canadiens celebrates his game-winning goale against the  Boston Bruins during third period of National Hockey League game in Montreal Thursday October 16, 2014.  (John Mahoney / THE GAZETTE)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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