Edged in a sauna

Yes, Quebec City deserves an NHL franchise … once they get the air-conditioning figured out.

Ryan O’Byrne figured he lost a few pounds in the Canadiens’ 2-1 loss to the Bruins on a hot, hot night in the Colisée.

What the big defenceman gained, however, was an increasingly solid foothold on a spot – and maybe a Top Six  spot – with the Canadiens.

O’Byrne was very good.

So was David Desharnais, who won’t make the team.

And Brian Gionta, Tomas Plekanec and Guillaume Latendresse, who will

The Canadiens played their best third period off the exhibition season to make this an entertaining evening for 15,000-plus pro hockey-starved QC fans.

AUDIO: Ryan O’Byrne  Brian Gionta  Guillaume Latendresse in French and English  Tomas Plekanec  Jacques Martin in French and in English

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