Galchenyuk had a very good game. Implicated himself in the play and looked good along the boards. He also looked pretty solid in his own zone. He looked more comfortable as centre, which isn't really a surprise.
Brendan Gallagher was going to the net like he always does. He didn't look like he was playing his first game at all. Solid game from him.
Markov was just unreal tonight, as was Diaz. Both were positioned incredibly. Broke up plays, made great passes, and looked great offensively. Both were also fairly involved physically, good to see Markov play like that.
Hard to say that is 100% the case. Yes it did seem like a completely different team. But before confirming that, we'll have to do it on a more reccurent base, against a fresh team. Still looks promising though
Any improvement over the lackluster team last year is worth celebrating.