Montreal Canadiens center Lars Eller was recognized by the NHL for his excellent start to the season, by being named the league’s second star of the week.
The native of Denmark began the season with an impressive three point performance in a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and followed that up by leading the Canadiens to victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Eller scored a pair of goals against the Leafs, and set up linemate Brandon Gallagher for the Habs second goal of the night. Lars was key in putting the game our of reach for the Flyers on Saturday night, as he slid a puck home from a bad angle to make it 2-0 early in the third. He also factored in on a last minute goal that would make it 4-1 Habs late in the third, and finish off Philly.
In total, Eller has been driving the Canadiens offense, as he has points on five of the teams seven goals in the first two games of the season. He, along with linemates Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk are forcing Head Coach Michel Therrien to get them on the ice as much as possible.
Eller was playing in all situations against the Flyers, getting ice time on the power play, short handed, and taking key defensive zone draws, as well as being called upon to be the extra attacker when the Canadiens were pushing to tie the game late against the Leafs.
It is a promising start to the season for a player fans were hoping could take the next step in his development.