The Canadians have lost all of their preseason games, but the players are heading into the regular season in high spirits.
Drake Batherson scored on the overtime power play and the Ottawa Senators beat Montreal 3-2 at the JK Irving Center on Saturday.
The meet was held in Bouctouche, New Brunswick as part of the Kraft Hockeyville Canada competition.
Because of this setback, the Canadian ends his camp with a record of 0-6-2.
“There are a lot of positive things,” said defenseman Jordan Harris. Yes, we had a lot of young players, but we wanted to win. We are all competitors and we have our pride. The boys worked hard. Wins are important and they will be the result of our progress as a team. »
Harris added that the losing streak of players and coaches was addressed in the dressing room but morale was still high for everyone in the organization.
“It honors the players and the coaches,” Harris said. It would have been easy to come down from the situation and be affected. In the dressing room it’s the other way around and that says a lot about the players, the coaches and the leadership group. »
Senators left out several veterans Saturday, including Brady Tkachuk, Claude Giroux, Alex DeBrincat and Thomas Chabot. That didn’t stop her from beating the Canadian a fourth time at camp.
General manager Kent Hughes and his advisors must now make decisions to reduce the Canadian roster to 23 players.
Head coach Martin St-Louis pointed out that the health of many players will dictate certain decisions. Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman, Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia are particularly struggling with injuries.
“I would have liked to have been able to rely on everyone in the last couple of games, but that’s out of our control,” said St-Louis.
“We will go back (to Montreal), enjoy a day off (Sunday) and then reassess the situation,” he added.
Cole Caufield has again signaled he is ready for the season. Caufield scored a fourth power play goal in camp with a perfect shot into the top left corner of the net.
Juraj Slafkovsky, the final first-pick draft, had a good game and set the stage for scoring chances from Rem Pitlick and Josh Anderson. In the second third he also came close to the goal and shone with good retreats.
“He played two good games,” St-Louis said of Slafkovsky’s performances in the two games with the Maritimes. “He’s involved. We see that he is more comfortable on small ice rinks. I am satisfied with its performance. »
Defender Kaiden Guhle was once again one of the Habs’ best players. Above all, Guhle scored his third goal in the preparation calendar.
Harris, Guhle, Justin Barron, Arber Xhekaj and Corey Schueneman had their final auditions on Saturday. Chris Wideman was the only uniformed veteran on the blue line.
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m going to be a little nervous over the next few days,” Guhle admitted.
“Whatever happens, the good news for the fans is that everyone has put in a great performance and they have good reason to be encouraged by the group of young defenders,” Harris added.
Jake Allen, who is from Fredericton, New Brunswick, made 26 saves at the net for the Canadiens.
Derick Brassard and Scott Sabourin also scored for the Senators. Magnus Hellberg stopped 18 shots.
The Canadians begin their regular game schedule on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Center.
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