Carey Price was hardly overworked but he did what he had to do behind a 6-2 Canadiens win over the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre Monday night. Price faced 21 shots and both goals came on Florida power plays. Going into the game Price had come under fire from a segment of fans for allowing ten goals in a game and a half of training camp competition.
The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and newcomer Lars Eller was responsible for three of the six Canadiens goals. Plekanec, the game’s first star, scored twice, Cammalleri had a goal and two assists and Eller assisted on all three goals. Other goals were score by Jaroslav Spacek, Tom Pyatt and Ryan White. David Booth and Stephen Weiss scored for Florida. 122 minutes in penalties were handed out in a game that featured four separate fights.
The Rookie Watch– Lars Eller played on the Plekanec/Cammalleri line. Recorded three assists and was named the game’s third star. So far in training camp we haven’t seen him at centre ice, his natural position. So far, in three training camp games he’s played the wings. Has ability and uses his size. So far hasn’t been spectacular.
P.K. Subban-One of five players who were in the lineup for the second straight night. Seemed sub-par through the first two periods but had a terrific third period. Plus-2 on the night. Almost nine minutes on the power play included in his 22:25 ice time.
Yannick Weber-There are some who can make a case for his presence in the lineup when the team breaks camp. He’s certainly in the running. Two assists in the game and plus-2. Last season he was overshadowed by Subban’s season in Hamilton, but is much improved.
Andreas Engqvist played for the second straight night. Scored a goal vs. Minnesota Sunday night, added an assist in this game. He was shipped to Hamilton after the game, but somebody to watch.
David Desharnais- Small but big heart. Sent to Hamilton after the game.
Ryan White– The game’s second star. There may be some moves made to keep him around, but we’re more likely to see a parallel to the handling of Tom Pyatt last season. Pyatt had an excellent training camp, went to Hamilton for the first half of the season and finished the year with the Habs. White had another eventful night. Along with a goal and a plus-2 performance he was involved in two fights, earning a game misconduct late in the third period for the second fight. Played on a line with Ben Maxwell and Tom Pyatt for this game.
Gabriel Dumont – Played much bigger than his 5’10”. With Engqvist and Travis Moen, showed a desire to get involved at both ends of the ice. Sent to Hamilton after the game, but we haven’t seen the last of him.
The Goalscorers – Montreal – Spacek (1st) (Eller-Cammalleri); Plekanec (1st) SHG (Weber); Pyatt (1st) (Maxwell-Weber); Plekanec (2nd) (Eller-Cammalleri); White (1st) (Engqvist); Cammalleri (1st) PPG (Eller-Gorges) Florida – Booth (1st) PPG (Wideman-Weiss); Weiss (1st) PPG (Booth-Wideman)
Shots on Goal – Florida 7-8-6 = 21 Montreal 12-10-13 = 35
Three Stars – First – Tomas Plekanec Second – Ryan White Third – Lars Eller.