The Canadiens scored three goals in the span of 1:43 in the second period and then held on late in the game for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. The Canadiens got goals from Ryan White, Dustin Boyd and Brendon Nash on consecutive shots to take a 4-1 lead. Andreas Engqvist scored the other goal for the Canadiens. After being dominated through most of the game, the Wild got goals by Justin Falk and Kyle Brodziak to make it close. The Brodziak goal came with the goaltender out and 13 seconds remaining. Max Pacioretty assisted on two goals. Nash had an assist to go with his goal.
The Canadiens outshot the Wild 22-5 through the first two periods. Final shots on goal were 28-14. Former Canadiens forward Guillaume Latendresse played in the game. He recorded one shot on goal, but led both teams with 6 registered hits.
Summing It Up – Big night for the line of the veteran Dustin Boyd along with Ryan White and Max Pacioretty. Two of the three were named game stars and Pacioretty could have easily been included.
Among the Rookies – Ryan White is putting himself in the running for what may be one opening among the Canadiens forwards with his play in camp (along with Aaron Palushaj and Ben Maxwell). His heavy off-season physical workload is showing. One goal. Four shots on goal and four hits is a pretty good night.
Max Pacioretty, after a very ordinary effort Friday night against the Senators, did a lot of the heavy lifting on the line. Pacioretty’s future in the game depends on his ability to be a power forward. He got away from that last year. It returned, however briefly, against the Wild. Two assists; plus-two; 4 shots-on-goal; four hits.
P.K. Subban – Very much involved. A better game than Friday night’s first-star performance against the Senators. 3 shots on goal and three hits. Plus-1. Paired with the game’s third star, Alexandre Picard for most of the night.
Lars Eller – Nothing too spectacular. His skill is obvious but we haven’t seen his best yet. So far in camp he’s been used as a left and right winger. At this point he looks like a centre on the Canadiens third line with the potential to move up in time.
Andreas Engqvist scored his first goal. There’s talent there but he needs time in Hamilton to get used to the North American ice surface.
Brendon Nash is a project. First year defenseman out of Cornell University. Had a goal and an assist but also was at fault in the Wild’s opening goal of the game when he failed to keep track of goalscorer Kyle Clutterbuck. Destined for Hamilton.
There is an opening on defense to start the season because of the Andrei Markov surgery. Alexandre Picard did not hurt his chances in this game. One assist – 24:55 ice time. Good size and physical presence. Got over six minutes of power play time in the game.
The Canadiens got into a comfort zone with their territorial domination and were guilty of overhandling the puck especially on the power play on which they were 0-for-6 including a stretch in the third period in which the Wild were shorthanded for three minutes, 1:50 of that two men short and managed only one shot on goal.
The Goalscorers – Montreal- Engqvist (1st) (Schultz); White (1st) (Picard-Gomez); Boyd (1st) (Pacioretty-Nash); Nash (1st) (Pacioretty-Carle)
Minnesota – Clutterbuck (1st) (Zidlicky-Miettinen); Falk (1st) (Unassisted); Brodziak (1st) (Miettinen-Latendresse)
Shots on Goal Montreal 13-9-6 = 28 Minnesota 4-1-9 = 14
Three Stars – First – Dustin Boyd Second – Ryan White Third – Alexandre Picard.