Everyone was very upbeat after the Canadiens’ second preseason loss.
And why not?
• Max Pacioretty and Josh Gorges showed no ill effects of their injuries
• 2011 first-round draft choice Nathan Beaulieu spent a sleepless night anticipating his first Bell Centre appearance, then played 27:15 – more than anyone on either team
• David Desharnais did a good, creative job centring Max-Pac and Brian Gionta
• Wee Brendan Gallagher packed three hits and three shots on goal into his 17 minutes
• P.K. partnered with Beaulieu and offering tantalizing visions of power-plays to come
• Playing against a close-to-complete-NHL Buffalo lineup, the Canadiens competed for 60 minutes.
Lots to like … including Pierre Obendrauf‘s photo of Max Pacioretty
AUDIO of Jacques Martin