Fans fill Bell Centre for Red vs. White scrimmage (Video)

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A sell-out crowd of 21,273 filled the Bell Centre Saturday for a scrimmmage that helped raised money for rebuilding efforts in Lac-Mégantic.

Fans were delighted to find a welcoming committee of Canadiens’ players when they walked into the Bell Centre. People snapped pictures, shook hands and high-fived the players as they moved along the receiving line.

“The important thing is we get to say hello to our fans and thank them for being here and supporting the initiative,” said Geoff Molson, the Canadiens’ principal owner who was at the main entrance.

Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon received a warm ovation in the third period when he thanked fans for attending the event.

“I think Lac-Mégantic is something that touched us all this summer. And it’s nice to see people support a cause like this,” Bouillon said after the scrimmage.

The White team won 2-1, led by a pretty back-hand goal by Martin Reway and a long shot by Stefan Fournier that slipped through Peter Budaj’s pads. Tomas Plekanec scored for the Red team.

Proceeds from the scrimmage will go to the Fonds Avenir Lac-Mégantic. Tickets cost $5 each and fans received a free hot dog, bag of chips and soft drink.

Dustin Tokarski replaced Carey Price in net in the second period and Zachary Fucale, picked 36th overall by the Canadiens’ in last June’s entry draft, took over for Budaj.  

It was a banner day for Fucale. He made his Bell Centre debut and the team announced they’ve signed him to a three-year, entry level deal.

Max Pacioretty knocked into Fucale twice, the first time receiving a goaltender interference penalty. Fucale took it in stride and Pacioretty’s aggressive play won praise from coach Michel Therrien.

“I thought Patch did a really good job going hard to the net,” coach Michel Therrien said after the scrimmage.

“He’s so powerful with his speed,” Therrien said.

“We want to make sure he’s concentrating on those things because he’s one of the best skaters in the NHL,” Therrien said. “And he’s tough to contain when he’s using that speed and going hard to the net.”

Forward Sebastian Collberg, who has been out with a knee injury, took part in the scrimmage.  Collberg was a bit nervous at the start but said he felt pretty good with Charles Hudon and Martin Reway in the scrimmage.

“I didn’t expect that today,” Collberg said of the huge crowd.

“It was awesome to be out there.”

The Canadiens’ made their first cuts at training camp on Saturday. They announced that Tim Bozon, Connor Crisp and Jérémy Grégoire will return to their respective junior teams.

You can hear more of what Fucale had to say about his Bell Centre debut and new contract here:

(Video by Brenda Branswell)

And you can watch a video by Gazette photographer Peter McCabe of Canadiens’ players greeting fans at the Bell Centre with Danny Brière talking about the experience here:



  1. jols101 says:

    Grigorenko largely invisible for most of the game but that was an amazing shootout goal. Filthy move and a laser beam backhand. Nicely done.

  2. B says:

    I would rather have seen all prospects in the shoot outs. It would have been nice to see a guy like Collberg have a go. Oh well.

    It would have been nice to win, but I am not worried about the score in a pre season game where the main objective is evaluation. Just thrilled to be watching the Habs and their prospects on TV.

    Woo Hoo!

    –Go Habs Go!–

  3. L Elle says:

    What a goal by Grigorenko. But, 60 minutes of play, just to be decided by a dumb shoot-out, and one players’ skill. Good thing it’s only the pre-season.

  4. kerrgte says:

    Drewiske played poorly. I think he’s lost his opportunity.

  5. johnnylarue says:

    Anyone still looking for Grigorenko? Yikes!

    That pucked moved like a friggin’ marble on his stick. Big League Skillz.

  6. The Jackal says:

    Hockey is back. Yay! But so are the inane comments about the Habs not winning fights. Same old I guess. Do these folks actually watch any games or are the copy and pasted comments from a prefabricated list?

    • brandonhab19 says:

      Didn’t see the Tinordi tilt. But McCormick is a middleweight fighter goes against pretty tough guys. Drewiski didn’t get killed, but didn’t win showed up. That’s not losing a fight. Some “fans” don’t seem to understand that.

  7. twilighthours says:

    Entertaining game with lots of positives

  8. Sportfan says:

    Well that game didn’t matter in the standings and was interesting to watch, I learnt the Sabres have a lot of Dbags on their team

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  9. Danno says:

    :mrgreen: CHILL! :mrgreen:


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    • Bill says:

      Haha, HIO is a “No-Chill” zone, that will never change. People know it’s an exhibition game with a bunch of guys who haven’t played together much and who will never be NHL players, but when the Habs lose, perspective goes out the window and we start questioning the game plan, the system, and the right of certain players to exist!

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  10. twilighthours says:

    Best Habs tonight, in order

    1) Gallagher
    2) bournival
    3) pateryn

    Also, I’m going to harp on this all year: tinordi needs to be the #6 guy.

  11. brandonhab19 says:

    Take away from tonights game.
    1.Diaz bad playoff play doesn’t seem to be an aberration but the beginning of normal play.
    2.McCarron keeps up this level of play wouldn’t hate to see a ten game regular season tryout over Moen.
    3.Tinordi looks ready to be full time Dman great game tonight.

  12. port elgin says:

    Garbage power play

    wobbly goaltending

    errant passes

    lose the fights

    par for the course

  13. pmaraw says:

    what did kaleta do?

  14. DipsyDoodler says:

    Goalie controversy!

  15. Adidess says:

    Anyone else hates this defensive approach of back-pedalling and collapsing on the goalie, giving half the defensive zone away to the opposite team with the puck? We’re not in short-handed situation for goodness sake.

    Pretty sure it’s a system thing as we do it consistently. Can never understand why we don’t ask the forwards to step up at the blue line and challenge for the puck

  16. DipsyDoodler says:

    Youppi’s on his game.

  17. Bill says:

    One thing that happened tonight is that the suggestion put forth by many here that McCarron was a “wasted pick” has been put to rest. He still may or may not ever be a top-six NHL regular, but it’s easy to see that he fits in at this level, has the potential to be good, and was a very solid pick as a late first-rounder.

  18. Harditya says:

    Kaleta and Ott, are uglier than Thornton and Marchand.

  19. habstrinifan says:

    OK… I admit that I may becoming a nuisance here but does anyone see what I have been talking about re this guy MB….. no not Marc Bergevin but having the GM’S initial cant be all bad.

    a) he makes his linemates better.
    b) he affects tempo/tone of game.
    c)he is solid defensively.
    d) Smart on the ice.
    E)Physical enough.

    And last but not least will force coaches to put him on ice in key times.

    • JF says:

      Mostly agree with you about Bournival. His play tonight recalled his performance in the Memorial Cup in 2012, when I thought he was the best player on his team. He could challenge for a spot. I actually like both him and Gabriel Dumont better than Ryan White

      • habstrinifan says:

        Absolutely agree with you re his Memorial Cup. I came away from that tournament firmly convinced that while he was no superstar or game-breaker, he was a solid NHL er in the making.

  20. Sportfan says:

    Whats the point of pre season, if its just going to be a bunch of A-clowns running around trying to hurt everything…

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  21. savethepuck says:

    And did anyone here think Prust wasn’t coming after Kaleta after the Chucky incident.

    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

  22. Danno says:

    A little higher with the stick would have been even better Knock that goof’s teeths in


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  23. DipsyDoodler says:

    Kaleta how do you live with yourself?

  24. HabFab says:

    Not too bad for our future with icing a team with 6 TEENAGERS tonight!

  25. B says:

    Another nice setup by McCarron

    –Go Habs Go!–

  26. twilighthours says:

    B, seriously: drewiske is an AHL quality player

  27. Sportfan says:

    McCarron TOWERS lol even in a goal celebration

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  28. durocher says:

    That line has been great, nice hit by Bournival, pass by Big Mac, and put away by SP

  29. Harditya says:

    That’s 2 points for McCarron. 😉

  30. DipsyDoodler says:

    Bournival and McCarron again!

  31. habs-fan-84 says:

    what a game by Big Mac

  32. chanchilla says:

    suck it kaleta, that ones for you.

  33. habs-fan-84 says:

    Tinordi is looking really confident out there

  34. twilighthours says:

    What is Kaleta thinking? He just guaranteed himself a beating later in the season.

  35. jedimyrmidon says:

    What a punk, Kaleta.

  36. johnnylarue says:

    He’s a hose-head alright.

  37. Adidess says:

    Pierre Houde resorting to calling the goalie ‘Zachary’ at times while calling everybody else by their last time.

    It does feel/sound weird to keep saying Fucale this, Fucale that, for a game on TV -)

  38. Danno says:

    Too bad Parros isn’t dressed


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  39. durocher says:

    Someone needs to ring Kaleta’s bell. Can’t stand him.

  40. chanchilla says:

    everyones mad at kaleta i get it, but holy sh*t galchenyuk thats whats up.

  41. Rad says:

    Galchenyuk makes a statement.

  42. Sportfan says:

    Kaleta is such a clown, the older I get the more annoying fighting is getting…

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  43. habs-fan-84 says:

    I liked when O’Byrne pounded Kaleta in the pre-season a few years ago

  44. Danno says:

    Fucale’s in the zone


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  45. DipsyDoodler says:

    It’s kind of fallen apart in this period. Neither team looks sharp. Fucale made a few nice saves.

  46. HabFab says:

    Fucale doesn’t look out of place tonight.

  47. Rad says:

    Ott throwing his weight around against smaller Habs Nystrom and St. Pierre.

  48. Sportfan says:

    McCormick must really be despearate for a job and don’t use this fight as a measuring stick for Drewiske, fights don’t add points on the board.

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  49. habs-fan-84 says:

    good to see Drewiske getting involved

  50. johnnylarue says:

    Ugh. Can we turn on the page on Drewiske already?

    • B says:


      –Go Habs Go!–

      • johnnylarue says:

        I just don’t see what this guy brings to the table. Zero toughness, not a good passer, not a crease-clearer… He’s just dead weight on this team–especially once Emelin returns.

        Sure, sure, we “need” depth, a 7th D who can sit out half the games, blah blah blah…

        Funny, you’ll never see me take cheap shots at DD, Diaz, whoever… but for some reason, I just don’t like Drewiske.

        • HabFab says:

          Complaining about a player is different that having a hate on like some do… all players can stink at times 😉

        • B says:

          So this is based on your existing appraisal and not on anything particular that you saw tonight? I thought you might have been commenting on his fight with McCormick or something like that.

          –Go Habs Go!–

          • johnnylarue says:

            The ill-advised/borderline hit from behind that spawned that “fight” was textbook Drewiske to me. So yeah, part of a larger sample of mediocrity. What can I say, I just can’t bring myself to cut him any slack.

          • B says:

            No worries, just curious as to where you are coming from. He’s a depth guy so I don’t expect too much from him. He does ok for his role but I wouldn’t be upset if he was replaced by someone who could do a better job.

            –Go Habs Go!–

  51. Rad says:

    Eller line needs to pot one here.

  52. johnnylarue says:

    I like Reway’s wheels and hands. Hockey sense/on-ice awareness need work though. Intriguing at the very least…

  53. Bill says:

    Oh crap, I forgot about Breaking Bad.

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  54. Sportfan says:

    I’m watching NFL atm who’s eye catching out there so far?

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    • neumann103 says:


      “Et le but!”

      • Sportfan says:

        Cool thanks!

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        • neumann103 says:

          Yeah, just my opinion but those have been the three guys consistently noticeable, plus Bournival with the two goals. Lots of other guys had spots but

          Tinordi – Looks like a vet out there, on a roster with hard divisions between kids with no experience and anything that resembles a vet. Has played a ton of minutes in all situations. It almost looks like Therrien has set this up as a test. Wearing an A and looking like a leader.

          Holland – Not a lot of flash but the most consistently involved forward both ways. Subtle but smart play. Honestly if you were auditioning for the role of responsible low risk callup this would be the sort of game you would want to play.

          Reway – Of all the high skill, smallish guys has been the most involved, most aggressive and again most consistent. Made a couple of boners when he essentially counted on a teammate thinking along with him.

          Bournival – Not an overwhelming game but, two goals. One of them on a sweet setup by – of all people – McCarron.

          “Et le but!”

  55. Trisomy 21 says:

    What’s the name of the service you can subscribe to so that you can stream NHL games? Considering cancelling my cable… (shoulda done this over the summer in hindsight).
    I know centre ice is one, but I’ve heard people mention another here on HIO.

    Also, how’s the quality + how’s the time delay from a live game?

    Thx in advance

    • Bill says:

      Gamecentre is the online version of centre ice I guess, and the only official way to stream games I think. HNIC streams their games, but that’s not much use to us. There are lots of places to pirate-stream games, but I wouldn’t trust those sites personally. Gamecentre sucks by the way. So many blackouts. I won’t get it again.

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  56. habstrinifan says:

    Sorry Reway; no Nygren; no Andrighetto anytime soon.

  57. jols101 says:

    Is Grigorenko playing? I thought he was. Haven’t seen much from him.

  58. johnnylarue says:

    Hope the EGG line hatches in the third. I wanna see some sophomore magic out there from the Gs!

  59. twilighthours says:

    More thoughts:

    Ridiculous celly by nystrom

    McCarron sure seems to be having fun out there. Always smiling. Love that

    That nygren / lashoff pairing is a train wreck

    Bournival looks great! Trini!

    Gallagher is still a beauty

  60. Bill says:

    Fucale is listed at 6’1″, anyone else think he looks significantly shorter than that?

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  61. durocher says:

    Diaz proving he’s a liability. At least the pre-season doesn’t count. The good thing is we can do something about it before he hurts us in the regular season.

  62. habs001 says:

    Price giving Fucale tips in practice…lol

  63. Danno says:

    Diaz not dazzling tonight


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  64. sCOTT1243 says:

    Put the C on Gallagher!

    Bu Bye White, Moen and Gionta…. Hello Bournival, McCaron and Tinordi.

  65. Haberoooo13 says:

    Good thing CP didn’t let that one in…”Oh he’s on his knees again…”

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  66. Chuck says:

    Looks like Buffalo’s got a keeper there.

    Anything is possible.

  67. HabFab says:

    Nygren doesn’t have good wheels.

  68. Rad says:

    Zemgus is putting on a show.

  69. Marc10 says:

    Hey, Jeff Hackett’s nephew is in the house!

    The guys on 98.5 are wondering if he has half as many idiosyncrasies as his uncle. Apparently ol’ Jeff would flip out if someone accidentally touched his equipment during post game interviews.


  70. Marc10 says:

    This is pretty cool. I imagine the kids are getting a nice charge out of playing in front of a big crowd. Good on the kid for keeping his name in the conversation.

  71. Rad says:

    Good to see Nystrom get on the board.

  72. Danno says:

    Le tir et le but!


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  73. Adidess says:

    You know, I like the hybrid icing so far. No need for fans to keep bracing themselves for all those useless icing puck battles where the D is clearly ahead. But if there’s a real chance for the offence, play continues …

    Makes a lot of sense. Obviously, things will get dicey when referees start misjudging those calls and you know they will.

    • ABHabsfan says:

      …if there’s a real chance of a massive, career ending injury; play continues. Because who doesn’t like to see broken legs?
      Just blow the whistle, no touch=no injuries

      “man, I love winnin’; you know, it’s like better than losin’?”-
      Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh

      • Adidess says:

        Oh I don’t disagree, would prefer no touch icing.

        But realistically, in Bettman’s NHL, the choice was between status quo and hybrid icing. I’m just acknowledging that this is an improvement over last year’s icing rules, that’s all.

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