Pre-season Game 5, Away Game 2 | Sunday October 2, 2016 
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON.

CANADIENS
Montreal

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2-3

MAPLE LEAFS
Toronto

Daniel Carr (From Canadiens.com)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings 

Lehkonen – Desharnais – Andrighetto
Carr – McCarron – Hudon
Matteau – De La Rose – Scherbak
Addison – Audette – Terry

Sergachev – Petry
Beaulieu – Pateryn
Barberio – Redmond

Goaltenders

Condon
Lindgren

Scratches

Yury Alexandrov, Guillaume Asselin, William Bitten, Simon Bourque, Tim Bozon, Matthew Bradley, Paul Byron, Connor Crisp, Phillip Danault, Josiah Didier, Alexei Emelin, Jake Evans, Bobby Farnham, Brian Flynn, Max Friberg, Zachary Fucale, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Jeremy Grégoire, Joel Hanley, Hayden Hawkey, Arvid Henrikson, Ryan Johnston, Noah Juulsen, Nikolas Koberstein, Konstantin Korneev, Andrei Kruchinin, Brett Lernout, Mark MacMillan, Andrei Markov, Michael McNiven, Victor Mete, Torrey Mitchell, Al Montoya, Max Pacioretty, Tom Parisi, Michael Pezzetta, Tomas Plekanec, Carey Price, Alexander Radulov, Martin Reway, Philip Samuelsson, Andrew Shaw, Andrei Sidyakin, Casey Staum, Colin Sullivan, Dalton Thrower, Maxim Trunev, Lukas Vejdemo, Shea Weber

Game Report

Habs fans were in a snarly mood. Their team was listless for much of the game. Fans pointed to a mostly opening-night lineup iced by the home team. And there was plenty of venom on social media aimed towards Sportsnet’s focus on the Leafs.

Some of the annoyances were justified. Having said that, the SN broadcast was simply aimed at their primary audience. Leafs talk on RDS is just as sparse, even more so. And the Leafs had a lot of youth in their lineup. It just so happens that the Canadiens have nothing like Auston Matthews. Mitch Marner and William Nylander are pretty good too.

And maybe it also has something to do with the Maple Leafs having the best head coach in hockey behind the bench. With the likes of Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Jacques Lemaire looking after things, the dismal Leafs are on the right track.

So maybe Canadiens fans were a wee bit snarly (and envious), because their hockey operations folks were trotting out marginal NHL’er David Desharbais as the first line centre. Desharnais has been coasting through training camp as if he is certain that his roster spot is secure. Sure, David picked up an assist at the end of third period, but this was after flailing about to no effect on a 6-on-3 and 6-on-4 advantages. This also followed his sleep-walk through the first 59 minutes of the game.

Icetime for the Leafs young skilled players was Marner (17:13), Nylander (17:49) and Matthews (18:23). On the other side, Charles Hudon was on the ice for 11:49 and Nikita Scherbak played just 7:24. Post-game, Michel Therrien said that he didn’t like Scherbak’s compete level. With that description fitting so many players, including some veterans, why single out the most skilled forward prospect?

Desharnais had more than 71 per cent of his zone starts in the offensive zone. Fans are quick to criticize the lack of offense from Jacob De La Rose but tonight, he received just over 16 per cent of his zone starts in the offensive zone.

The point is that the organization will continue to hinder the development of their prospects. The head coach will continue to play his favorites and the general manager will continue to stock the team with veteran bottom six forwards.

Watching this method of stunted development can be frustrating. It’s particularly frustrating at this time of the year when much of the fan enthusiasm revolves around watching young talent making the jump to the big team.

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▲     Artturi Lehkonen, Greg Pateryn

▼     Mark Barberio, David Desharnais, Stefan Matteau

 Statistics 
CANADIENS LEAFS
26 Shots 31
0 for 4 Power Play 0 for 6
42% Face-offs 58%
12 Penalty Minutes 8
30 Hits 26
45 Corsi For 70
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 Canadiens (1-2) 1 0 1 0 2
 Leafs (2-0) 0 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • MTL: Audette (1), Carr (1)
  • TOR: Zaitsev (1), Rielly (1), Hunwick (3)
  • MTL: Condon (L)
  • TOR: Enroth, Sparks (W)
 NHL Three Stars

NHL3stars
  1. Matt Hunwick  TOR
  2. Morgan Rielly  TOR
  3. Daniel Carr  MTL

 Video Highlights 
 Post-game Press Conference
Coach Michel Therrien

Daniel Carr

  • “There are a lot of guys here and every one of us is competitive. There’s a saying; easy to get here, harder to stay. That’s just part of the deal. I’ve had some good chances in preseason, but it’s about doing the little things right and eventually having things go your way.”

Mike Condon

  • Despite losing, it was nice getting into a rhythm for once. In the past couple of games I’ve played I haven’t been able to find a rhythm. Tonight I was able to do that, even though I allowed a couple of tough goals.”
  • “Matthews sprayed about ten pounds of snow into my eyes and then they scored — but I was happy [with my performance] despite losing. That was a wild overtime. It was a lot of fun to play in with a lot of back and forth action.”

 

Quotes courtesy of NHL.com

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