Apart from charging their batteries, Gallagher, who capped the Canadiens' third-period rally in their success against the Leafs, said his group spent the week fine-tuning systems with so little practice time on the horizon.
" When bad routines leak into your game, it's actually hard to get them out," he stated. "You've got to catch them early."
SEE " It's very little of a various challenge. They're actually excellent. They get one possibility, they score." We've got to eliminate their opportunities and be in their face-- aggressive in our zone, not be too passive. We've got to construct on what we did the last 2 durations against Toronto. We were in their face and we were playing our video game."
The Leafs might have had three or 4 objectives in that opening 20 minutes, but Carey Price held the fort enough time for his teammates to find their legs after losing 2 straight, and 3 of their last 4, in policy.
" It's been fantastic to recuperate," Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said of the break. "We've got to get where we ended.
" That's simpler stated than done when you've been off for a week."
ENJOY " They come out a little more difficult, they play you tighter defensively."
Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, meanwhile, described his team's game as a "mess" following that dominant very first versus Montreal the last time the Original Six rivals met. Toronto then blew a 5-1 lead prior to losing 6-5 in overtime to the last-place Senators, however rebounded with successive success Wednesday and Thursday.
"It's an obstacle when they're not rested," Keefe said of Montreal. "They are now and have had a week of practice to prepare for us, together with a long time off. It's an unusual situation.
"We're anticipating them to be real excellent."
Gallagher said it's difficult to know how a group will respond out of eviction after a long stretch on the sidelines.
"It's just a matter of us starting the game on time," he stated. "Hopefully we're sharp ... and we can use the truth we're the more rested group."
The Canadiens would be well-advised to put that benefit to great usage while their legs are fresh, since there won't be much down time between now and May.