The Montreal Canadiens beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 at the Bell Centre Friday night to even their pre-season exhibition record 1-1. After trailing 1-0 early in the first period the Canadiens got goals by P.K. Subban, Andrei Kostitsyn and Mathieu Darche to take a 3-1 lead. After Ryan Keller scored late in the second period the Canadiens wrapped it up with a goal from newcomer Dustin Boyd. Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 31-28. The Canadiens next exhibition game will be in Ottawa Saturday night. They return home to play Minnesota at the Bell Centre on Sunday at 7.00pm.
The Goalscorers – Montreal – Subban (1st) (Gomez-Gionta); A. Kostitsyn (1st) (unassisted); Darche (1st) PPG (Desharnais-Carle); Boyd (1st) (White-Henry) Ottawa – Fisher (1st) (Kovalev-Regin); Keller (1st) (Locke-Condra)
Shots on Goal – Ottawa 5-16-10 = 31 Montreal 12-6-10 = 28
Goaltenders – Ottawa –Pascal Leclaire (60 minutes) 28 shots – 4 goals against. Montreal – Alex Auld 29:38 12 shots-1 goal-against/Robert Mayer 30:22 19 shots- 1 goal.
The Three Stars – First – P.K. Subban (1 goal/8 shots taken/4 on goal) Second-Mathieu Darche (goal-2shots on goal/4 hits) Third-Andrei Kostitsyn (goal-4 shots at goal)
Rating the Rookies –
P.K. Subban – Game’s first star. Scored the game’s first star. Took eight shots on goal. Did his thing. Hard, at this point, to consider him a rookie.
Lars Eller – Moved over to left wing on the line with Gomez and Gionta. Did not look out of place. Showed speed and quickness. Not afraid of the traffic. Went to the net. On the ice for the Canadiens first goal. Unfamiliar with the things that longtime linemates Gionta and Gomez were trying to do. His instincts were good. Logged 18:20 ice time. Plus-1.
Ryan White– Led both teams with six hits. Fought the Senators rookie Eric Gryba late in the first period. Earned an assist on the Dustin Boyd goal. After the game, coach Jacques Martin mentioned his off-season training programme has paid off.
David Desharnais – The little guy keeps contributing. His aggressiveness in the Ottawa end forced veteran defenseman Chris Phillips into a terrible giveaway that led to Andrei Kostitsyn’s unassisted goal. Then on a power play he threaded a pass across the goalmouth for Mathieu Darche for what turned out to be the winning goal.
Ian Schultz – Not bad for a so-called throw-in as part of the Halak/Eller trade. Likes to mix it up. Uses his size well. Fought the Senators Cody Bass in the first period.
Andreas Engqvist – I like his speed. 9 and 7 in the faceoff circle.
Max Pacioretty – Still struggling, but had four shots on goal. Missed two shifts in the first period after taking an Alex Henry slapshot off his wrist.
Robert Mayer– The Czech-born Swiss citizen plays goal with a little flair. Most Valuable player in the Cincinnati Cyclones run to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup last spring. No chance on the one goal scored against him. Stopped the other 18 shots he faced.
Summing It Up – Still early in camp. Outside of Eller and Subban, it’s unlikely any of the young players will be part of the opening night lineup unless there are injuries. From the group that played the Senators Friday night Ryan White and David Desharnais appear to be closest to the NHL. A lot of training camp hockey still to be played.