Phase one of the Canadiens training camp came to an end today with the third game of the three-day round robin series between the “A”, “B” and “C” training camp squads.

In the final game of the series,the B’s scored two late goals (Alexander Avtsin & Josh Gorges) to edge the C’s 3-2. Alex Henry scored the other goal for the winners. Louis Leblanc and Ryan White for the C’s.

If anyone is counting, the A’s won the round robin, winning both of their games. The “B” team was1-1; the “C” team was winless in two games.

Following today’s game, Canadiens management returned five players to their junior or college teams; LW Phillipe Lefebvre (Montreal Juniors-QMJHL), RW Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver-WHL, DEF Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton-QMJHL); G Nicholas Champion (Lewiston-QMJHL) plus DEF Joe Stejskal (Dartmouth College-ECAC). That leaves them with 53 players in camp including the injured Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik, and rookie forwards Hunter Bishop and Dany Masse’.

Among those who showed promise in the three game series were Leblanc, who was the dominant player in today’s game even though he was beaten badly on the Alex Henry goal; centres David Desharnais and Ryan Russell, rightwings Ian Schultz and Gallagher.  Desharnais had a goal and an assist in his two games, Russell opened the mini-tournament with a goal and an assist as did Schultz, who was the other part of the Halak/Eller deal.  RW Alexander Avtsin’s second goal was the prettiest in today’s game, a blistering wrist shot on goaltender Robert Mayer.  Left winger Andrew Conboy demonstrated a physical presence and scored one goal.  Head coach Jacques Martin also went out of his way to compliment the play of centre Gabriel Dumont, who scored 51 goals in 62 games with Drummondville last season.  Also attracting attention were RW Aaron Palushaj, cedntre Ryan Russell and right wing J.T. Wyman.  And P.K. Subban was……well, P.K. Subban.

Outside of Subban and a major injury disaster, you won’t see any of them in the opening night lineup.

About the injured –  Andrei Markov skated for 45 minutes before the rest of the team took the ice.  His surgically repaired knee is still not strong and earliest prognosis of a return to action is late October.   Roman Hamrlik has a knee injury and is not skating at all.   The rookies Dany Masse’ and Hunter Bishop have the always popular “upper body” injuries.