It took three games, but the Canadiens finally have their first preseason win after pounding the Carolina Hurricanes 6-0 Friday night in Quebec City. The two teams will meet again Saturday at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., RDS) and Mike Boone will be blogging live on HIO.
After playing their first two preseason games – losses to Buffalo in a shootout and Boston – in front of sellout crowds at the Bell Centre, there were only 10,139 in attendance in Quebec City. The Canadiens attracted more than 15,000 fans when they played preseason games in the provincial capital in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The fans in attendance Friday night booed former Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek, who signed with the Hurricanes after being bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, every time he touched the puck. Komisarek, who signed a five-year, $22.5-million contract with the Leafs before the 2009-10 season, now has a one-year, $700,000 deal with Carolina.
Greg Pateryn, Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais, Michael Bournival, P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, while Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarsky combined for the shutout. Galchenyuk played centre on a line with Brandon Prust and Christian Thomas.
Saturday’s game will be the fourth in as many nights for the Hurricanes.
The Canadiens should have something resembling the opening-night roster Monday when the New Jersey Devils are at the Bell Centre. The exhibition schedule concludes with back-to-back games against the Senators Wednesday in Ottawa and Thursday in Montreal.
(Photo by Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)