(File photo: John Kenney, The Gazette)
It was hard to miss Jarred Tinordi on the ice Saturday at the Bell Centre against the Carolina Hurricanes and not just because of his imposing 6-foot-6 stature.
The Canadiens’ first-round draft pick, who is trying to land a spot on the team, dished out a few big hits and tangled with Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason in the feisty first period that saw two other fights break out.
“It’s always good team building when you see a physical presence on the ice and the way that he was able to play solid tonight physically,” said Coach Michel Therrien.
“They were solid hits, they were good hits…definitely it’s a plus for our hockey team,” Therrien said.
Tinordi laid a big hit on Hurricanes’ forward Tuomo Ruutu in the second period, but it led to a two on one break that resulted in a goal by Jeff Skinner.
“He’s got to read at the time when to throw those big hits because the big hits they’re going to come,” Therrien said.
The Canadiens outshot the Hurricanes 42-27 but failed to capitalize on their chances, going 0 for 8 on the power play, and losing 3-1.
“I can’t judge the game by the result. We saw a lot of good things,” Therrien said, excluding the second period when the team lost its focus a bit “and it turned against us.”
But he liked how the Habs started the game and played in the third period.
“We had a young lineup tonight and some of those kids did good.”
Therrien also said he thought veterans Tomas Plekanec, Rene Bourque and Andrei Markov played well for their first preseason game.
You can listen to Tinordi here:
And you can hear what goaltender Carey Price had to say after the game here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)