While the Montreal Canadiens no doubt aren’t happy with the way they wound up on the short end of a 6-4 score against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, one of the positives they can take away from that loss is that yet another rookie has started contributing for the team. Gabriel Dumont notched his first NHL goal against the Penguins, and has three points in nine games with the Canadiens this season. The team has also seen Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher score their first goals this season and have a huge impact, while defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu have each recorded their first NHL point but will continue to push to find the back of the net for the first time.
Dumont played well enough as an AHL rookie last season to earn a three-game call-up with the Canadiens. He scored 13 goals and had 24 points for the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2011-12 season, and had scored 16 goals while collecting 31 points for the Bulldogs this season before earning his most recent recall. The Canadiens selected Dumont in the fifth round of the 2009 draft.
Dumont’s goal came as part of a third period comeback effort that ultimately fell short. His first goal will be one to remember, as it came against Penguins’ star netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty had assists on his goal, but the Canadiens unfortunately suffered a third consecutive loss. The Canadiens have clinched a playoff spot, but continue to be deadlocked with the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division crown and a guaranteed top-three playoff seed.