Habs wrap up intra-squad schedule with sold out fundraiser
The Canadiens players greeted fans before the charity game Saturday. (CTV Montreal Sept. 14, 2013)
Published Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:50PM EDT
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens are rolling up their sleeves in anticipation of action against traditional rivals after wrapping up their intra-squad schedule with a special exhibition fundraising scrimmage in front of over 20,000 fans at the Bell Centre Saturday afternoon.
Fans paid $5 a ticket to watch the action, which raised funds for the victims of Lac Megantic.
The Canadiens players were on hand in the lobby prior to the action and high-fived and posed for photos with many of the fans.
The Canadiens next host the Buffalo Sabres Sunday and the Boston Bruins Monday, as many players continue to work in high gear to impress the brass.
The Bell Centre crowd was entertained by a tight 2-1 victory for the White squad, who got goals from young Martin Reway and Stefan Fournier, while Tomas Plekanec scored for the Reds.
Reway, a small-sized youngster from Prague, scored for his second straight intra-squad game and impressed again with his speed. He scored his goal on a nifty, high backhand from in close.
Carey Price played half the game and did not allow a goal.
Daniel Briere said afterwards that he expects the upcoming games to gain in intensity.
“We were taking care not to injure our teammates,” he confessed.
Coach Michel Therrien singled out Max Pacioretty for praise but also conceded that things will ramp up on Sunday.
Therrien suggested that some young players, such as Sebastian Collberg, Charles Hudon and Reway – who played together on a line Saturday – will get a chance to showcase their skills against other teams in pre-season action.
Collberg, a second round choice from 2012, and who missed action up until now with a slight knee issue, was happy with his play.
“It was a good start,” he said. “I’m still under contract for another season in Sweden but my main goal is to stay in North America at the end of camp, whether it’s in the NHL or AHL.”
Christian Thomas, who set up Plekanec’s goal on a nice pass through the crease, will also get a serious look. On defence, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn are also being looked at seriously, while Darren Dietz also earned praised for his play.
-With a file from The Canadian Press