(Montreal) The Canadiens players let their legs loose at the Bell Center for the first time since April 29, when the Montreal team presented their traditional red versus white game on Sunday.
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Just under a dozen veterans were in uniform, ceding the spotlight to players looking to establish themselves with the Habs this season, or at least make a good impression on the squad.
However, forward Juraj Slafkovsky, first choice in the last draft, was also absent. Fan favorite Cole Caufield was also on leave.
The Canadiens play their first preseason game against the New Jersey Devils Monday night at the Bell Center.
Anthony Richard was the star of Sunday’s intrasquad game. He had two goals and an assist in the Reds’ 6-2 win in two 30-minute periods, with only the last five minutes of added time.
His linemate Owen Beck had two assists. Beck, selected at 33e Rank of the last repechage, also shines during the camp with his good feeling for the game on the ice.
Alex Green, Joel Armia, Jared Davidson and Xavier Simoneau also scored for the Reds, whose net was covered by Cayden Primeau and Kevin Poulin.
Brendan Gallagher and Lucas Condotta answered for the whites. Samuel Montembeault and Riley Mercer conceded two and four goals, respectively.
The trio of Gallagher, Christian Dvorak and Evgenii Dadonov was the best among the veterans.
A five-minute three-on-three period was also featured. Arber Xhekaj scored for the Reds during this period.
Of note, Elizabeth Mantha, the first female umpire in the QMJHL and a two-year member of the American Hockey League’s official women’s group, was one of the judges on Sunday.
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