Pre-season Game 6, Home Game 4 | Tuesday October 4, 2016 
Videotron Centre, Quebec City, QC.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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4-3

BRUINS
Boston

(Photo by Vincent Ethier)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Gallagher
Radulov -Plekanec – Shaw
Lehkonen – Desharnais – Carr
Danault – Flynn – McCarron

Markov – Petry
Beaulieu – Sergachev
Emelin – Redmond

Goaltenders

Montoya
Condon

Scratches

Mark Barberio, Paul Byron, Torrey Mitchell, Carey Price, Shea Weber

Game Report

It is just hours until the Canadiens unveil their opening night roster for the 2016-17 season. Just a few questions remain.

One game does not provide a full assessment of any player but it can serve to silence critics and confirm impressions. So what did we learn?

Artturi Lehkonen is an NHL-caliber player and has the talent to be successful if given the opportunity to play in a top-6 role. Lehkonen hit a post in the first period then teamed up with Alexander Radulov for a goal-scorer’s goal in the second period. He belongs on the roster.

A combination of skill, youthful determination and clever playmaking between Daniel Carr and Mike McCarron led to the winning goal. McCarron and Carr have the potential to be two-thirds of a very effective third line.

Mikhail Sergachev is an extremely talented player who will be an elite defensemen. With one more year of experience at the OHL level, Sergachev will be well prepared to step into the 2017-18 Canadiens lineup. Zach Redmond has sewn up the role of the seventh defenseman by thoroughly outplaying Mark Barberio.  After a weak pre-season, Barberio will have to clear waivers if sent to the IceCaps.

Al Montoya has not looked spectacular during the pre-season but he is an upgrade to Mike Condon. Montoya will be Carey Price’s backup to start the season. It is unknown if Marc Bergevin will be seeking a last minute trade for Condon or whether he will be exposed to waivers on his way down.

Which leaves just one more decision to be made. David Desharnais has had a listless pre-season. He is a step behind the play, he gives up the puck readily and he has been unwilling to engage during training camp and for most of last season. If Bergevin’s decision is made on the basis of merit, it is abundantly obvious that Desharnais will not be on the roster.

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▲     Artturi Lehkonen, Daniel Carr, Alex Galchenyuk. Alexander Radulov, Jeff Petry

▼     David Desharnais

 Statistics 
CANADIENS BRUINS
26 Shots 26
2 for 4 Power Play 0 for 2
-% Face-offs -%
4 Penalty Minutes 8
Hits
Corsi For
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens  0 2 2 4
 Bruins 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Petry (1), Lehkonen (1), Galchenyuk (1), Carr (2)
  • BOS: Spooner (2), Ehrhoff (1), Czarnik (2)
  • MTL: Montoya (W)
  • BOS: Rask (L)
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Alex Galchenyuk  MTL
  2. Artturi Lehkonen  MTL
  3. Daniel Carr  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Michel Therrien

Artturi Lehkonen

  • “Everyone wants to score goals. But when you’re actually in the game, you don’t really think about it. You just try to do what’s best for the team and you work your ass off to show what you can do.”

Daniel Carr

  • “Yeah, it’s a preseason goal, and I got one the other night that kind of took the weight a little bit off my shoulders but it was still good to see that one go in.”
  • “I think it just helps you relax, especially when they have Rask in the net. He’s an elite goalie in the league and I think it just shows you that you can score in this league. It’s a confidence thing. Toronto had a good lineup the other night so you have to give them a lot of respect, but there was a fast pace out there tonight and it was great.”

 

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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