The Canadian signs a first win, 3-1 in the face of the Panthers
Photo: Paul Chiasson, The canadian Press
Paul Byron (#41) celebrates his goal with teammates Phillip Danault (#24) and Andrew Shaw (#65)
At least one week before the start of the regular season, the Montreal canadiens has finally collected his first win of training camp after six setbacks in a row when he defeated the Florida Panthers 3-1 Friday night at the Bell Centre.
Only one team in the NHL who had not won in preseason matchups, the Canadian has defeated a formation rich in many of his best skaters, including Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, and Aaron Ekblad and the goalkeeper Roberto Luongo.
For his part, Claude Julien had decided to leave out veterans like Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin, Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber, but he had a right to the best service from Paul Byron since the beginning of the calendar preparatory.
The fastest skater on the Habs, which ran on a trio completed by Phillip Danault, centre, and Andrew Shaw, right, scored the first two goals of his own — his first two of the camp, including one shorthanded.
Shaw has had a second good game after an output convincing against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night in Quebec city. He first prepared the first purpose of Byron, scored in the first twenty, before including the net insurance at the beginning of the third twenty, after having accepted a long pinpoint pass from defender Jordie Benn.
Danault has also had a good game, with a harvest of two points, even if he has visited two times in the dungeon in the second period.
Charlie Lindgren has also earned good ratings in front of the net, Canadian.
On its first outing in nine days, after suffering a lower-body injury that prevented him from facing an alignment is almost complete of the Maple Leafs last Monday, the young keeper has made several judgments of quality, especially in the first period, and has displayed an amazing agility with his leggings.
Lindgren, who played the whole game, did not give that to Evgenii Dadonov towards the end of the first period on an odd game that has been the subject of a protest video from Claude Julien.
Lindgren has also been well supported by his brigade defensive, which limited the Panthers to 23 shots, including just 5 in the third period, the same number as the Canadian in the direction of Luongo.
The evening did not, however, allowed Alex Galchenyuk to get out of his torpor, he who is always in search of a first point since the beginning of preseason matchups. Mutated on a trio to the left of Peter Holland and Nikita Scherbak, the talented attacker of the Canadian has not obtained a single shot at goal.
Michael McCarron is another, which has not managed to highlight so that he spent less than nine minutes on the ice without getting a single shot on goal.
The Canadian will conclude its schedule preparatory Saturday night, when it will host the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
At the end of the meeting, the Habs announced today that they have assigned guards Michael McNiven, Zachary Fucale and forward Nikita Scherbak with their club-school, the Rocket de Laval.
Echoes of locker room
Claude Julien, on what he has particularly enjoyed the work of his players :
“It is probably the effort that we put in this evening. We played with more aggression. It still had some errors, but it is out of our territory much better than in past games. “
Andrew Shaw, about the chemistry with Phillip Danault and Paul Byron :
“We have already played together in the past, and I think we have a good chemistry. We like to play with speed, move the puck forward, and provide support to the other two. It has worked this evening. “
Paul Byron, about the importance of playing with intensity :
“We have a tough game and this is the beginning of the season. It is necessary to change the mentality, play good hockey and show that we are ready. “
Charlie Lindgren, about his state of health during the day :
“I skated this morning, and I felt almost 100 %. You do not want to harm the team, but I had the impression of being ready to play. On the ice, before the match, I was moving more than usual and I was more competitive I’m usually in the warm-up. Once the match began, I had to erase all of the distractions. There was no hesitation in my game. “