The Canadiens finished off their preseason campaign on a high note Thursday night with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens also made training camp roster moves on Thursday, reassigning 10 players to the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, including Nathan Beaulieu and Gabriel Dumont.
Michaël Bournival (photo above) and Jarred Tinordi will be part of the 23-man Canadiens roster that starts the season, coach Michel Therrien said.
“I can’t confirm that those young kids are going to be there for the first game, but they’re going to be with the 23-man roster,” Therrien said.
It looks like forward George Parros, who underwent rotator cuff surgery in May, might be ready for the Canadiens’ season opener on Tuesday at the Bell Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We hope that he’s going to be ready to play the first game,” Therrien said. “We’re crossing our fingers that he’s going to be there.”
The Habs’ final preseason game marked the return of captain Brian Gionta, who underwent surgery in May to repair a torn biceps tendon. He picked up an assist on Tomas Plekanec’s goal in the second period.
Therrien said he liked what he’s seeing of the line centred by David Desharnais with Max Pacioretty and Daniel Brière, who picked up assists on Galchenyuk’s and Pacioretty’s goals.
After the morning skate in Brossard Thursday, Brière said playing the Canadiens’ system hasn’t been a big adjustment for him.
“I welcomed it. I love the system,” he said. “You get to use your speed a lot more. It’s a lot of read and react out there. That’s what I like. You’ve got to see and take what’s given.
“And also, whenever you don’t have the puck, you’re chasing it. You’re always on it. You’re relentless. I think it suits well to the way I play the game.”
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)
You can listen to some of what Brière had to say after Thursday’s game here:
And you can listen to what Gionta had to say here:
You can hear what goaltender Carey Price had to say here:
And you can hear what Alex Galchenyuk had to say here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)