(Photo: The Canadian Press/Graham Hughes)
It was Ryan White’s first night back in the lineup since early January and Dale Weise’s first game as a Hab. Along with Michaël Bournival, their line won praise from coach Michel Therrien for their performance in the Canadiens 2-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.
White missed 14 games with an upper-body injury, but showed no rust leading the Canadiens in shots on goal with six. Weise, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday in exchange for Raphael Diaz, had three shots on goal and three hits.
Therrien liked the fourth line’s chemistry.
“In addition to directing the puck at the net, they spent a lot of time in the offensive zone,” he said.
Weise, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward grew up a Canadiens fan.
“It was awesome. I love this building,” Weise said, of stepping out onto the Bell Centre ice for Tuesday’s game.
“Just to put the jersey on was amazing.”
His father is a big Habs fan and Weise recounted his dad’s excitement on Tuesday.
“He kept calling me in the afternoon. And I was like ‘Dad, shouldn’t you be working, A, and B, I’m trying to sleep here. So relax a little bit,” Weise said.
White and Bournival are easy to play with, he said.
“I thought we were simple. We work hard and we’re hard on pucks, tenacious and we’ve got some good speed on our line. I thought that created a little bit of havoc for (the Flames),” he said.
“This is an awesome team to play on,” Weise said. “I just think the team speed here is incredible.”
You can hear more of what Weise had to say here:
You can listen to what White had to say here: (He makes an allusion to slew-footing coach Michel Therrien at the morning skate on Tuesday)
And you can watch what Bourque had to say here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)