A Canadian-Maple Leafs Saturday night duel is never banal, involving the same hopes.
The young guns of the two great rival organizations gave their all in the presence of the largest crowd since the early rookie tournament at Budweiser Gardens, the hopes of having the last word Habs 6-4.
The goals 1:24 apart Charles Hudon and Dalton Thrower, midway in the third period, paved the way to victory. Hudon completed in an abandoned net for his second goal.
“Charles plays inspired hockey, Sylvain Lefebvre commented the coach, focusing on the commitment in defense of center player. He wants to make his mark at the Canadian camp. He wants to make the big club. It will only get better as the camp will progress. ”
Jamal Watson, Tim Bozon Crisp and Connor were the other scorers Canadiens. Nikita Scherbak had two assists.
Thrower added an assist, while defender Ryan Johnston, author of a help, stood out with its high mobility.
“We saw beautiful things: a shorthanded goal (that of Watson) and powerplay (Tim Bozon). We came from behind and took the lead, said Lefebvre. I appreciated the passion and energy we have deployed. We really wanted the win. ”
The defender Nikolas Brouillard led the attack Maple Leafs with a double. Jack Rodewald and Michael Joly added their other nets.
The Leafs had ignored their best trio hopes to attack: William Nylander, Kaspari Kapanen and Mitchell Marner. They still had the best 51-36 in the throws. The goalkeeper Michael McNiven, Junior League of Ontario, won his duel against Justin Nichols.
The game was manly, with among other two fights. Michael McCarron and Brett Lernout, Canadiens dropped the gloves before Cameron Lizotte and Fog, respectively. Lizotte had just bully Hudon, in the first period.
“McCarron the template to and that’s his style. There is already a good team spirit in the group and a great relationship that is created between us, “said Hudon.
The coach Lefebvre stressed that leadership McCarron displayed since the start of the tournament.
“It shows that it is a team player and can be useful in several ways. Yet tonight he was excellent on involved. He did some good things in defense and good plays offensively. Its objective is to earn a job with the Canadiens and he is on track. ”
Defeated 4-3 in overtime yesterday by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the HC concludes the competition that brings together four organizations by measuring the Ottawa Senators on Sunday afternoon.