The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes from Moncton that Yann Danis turned in another solid outing in the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. Danis turned aside all 11 shots he faced during the second half of the game as he continues to battle for an NHL roster spot with Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price.
Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau said Danis has been the best goaltender in the team’s first three exhibition games. “He came into camp in great shape and he’s been working hard,” Carbonneau said.
“I’m fighting for my career,” Danis said.
Despite the loss, Carbonneau was satisfied with the game. “I don’t think anyone looked bad,” he said. “We had lots of chances, but we were just missing on our passes and that happens in training camp.”
Sergei Kostitsyn scored the lone goal for Montreal, and Carbonneau said he was impressed with the rookie’s play and that of his older brother, Andrei.
“They have offensive skills and do good things when they have the puck and now we have to find out what they can do without the puck.”