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In Hainsight: A Better Showing

September 17, 2023, 1:17 PM ET [239 Comments]
Karine Hains
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After a rough start to their tournament which ended in a 6-3 loss against the Sabres, the Canadiens’ prospects responded well with a dominant showing which turned into a 4-1 triumph over the Bruins. The game featured both Quebec Remparts’ goaltenders from last season as the Canadiens used Quentin Miller while the Bruins used Quebec’s former number one, Samuel St-Hilaire. While Miller gave up the first goal of the game in the opening frame, it turned out to be the only one he conceded during the game as he had a very strong showing, making 26 saves.

Logan Mailloux, who struggled on Friday, had a much better showing against the Bruins. Paired with Jayden Struble, he played a solid game and showcased some interesting speed to beat a pair of opponents to the puck and go on a breakaway against St-Hilaire. He didn’t score, but the way he left the Bruins’ players flat footed was impressive. His transition game was also much better, and he was rewarded with an assist on the Canadiens’ second goal of the game. He also quarterbacked the first power play unit as David Reinbacher benefited from a day off.
The power play, which was unable to score during Friday’s game was much more efficient and threatening. A strong net front presence allowed Cedrick Guindon to have an easy goal which he only had to tap in on the doorstep while the Bruins were struggling to find their man.

Joshua Roy scored his second goal in as many games as he received a nice feed from Christopher Ortiz on a two on one. Roy also got the primary assist on Jan Mysak’s second period goal and was much more visible during the whole game. Late in the third period and trailing 3-1, the Bruins pulled their goaltender to get back into the game, but it only allowed Ty Smilanic to add an empty netter to bring the score to 4-1.

Emil Heineman was held off the scoresheet, but still had a good game, making his presence felt by the boards winning a lot of puck battles. The young Habs were understandably thrilled with their victory, but it’s worth mentioning that they were facing a much weaker side than against the Sabres on Friday. Boston had 9 players who were never drafted in their line-up, a single first-round pick who was selected 21st overall and only three players who had skated in the AHL for more than 50 games. None of their players had played a single NHL game.

Today, the Habs have got a much-deserved day off after playing two games in two days and they’ll be back in action on Monday, concluding their tournament with a game against the Senators at 13:30. They’ll be heading back to Montreal afterwards and will no doubt be hoping to have done enough to earn an invitation to the main training camp which will open on Thursday. With six preseason games on the calendar and the Red vs. White scrimmage on Sunday, it’s likely that a lot of players will make it to the main camp.

There’s no doubt that players like Owen Beck, Jan Mysak, Joshua Roy, Emil Heineman, Logan Mailloux and first round pick David Reinbacher will still be in town on Thursday when the real fun begins…
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