Scratched: Aaron Johnson
Injured: Petteri Nokelainen
Scratched: Aaron Johnson
Injured: Petteri Nokelainen
The Panthers called up Drew Shore after placing Kris Versteeg on injured reserve with a groin injury. It is unclear who Shore would replace in the lineup, seeing as the Panthers held an optional skate Tuesday morning following their 4-0 loss in Ottawa a night earlier, and coach Kevin Dineen did not speak to the media after practice. These are the lines the Panthers used in the game against the Senators.
Injured: Petteri Nokelainen
One game after Alex Galchenyuk made his NHL debut in the Habs' opener Saturday, it will be the turn of Brendan Gallagher in Tuesday's game. He will be taking the lineup spot of center Lars Eller, with Galchenyuk sliding to center after playing left wing Saturday. Coach Michel Therrien said he didn’t like Eller's intensity in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Carl Gunnarson – Mike Komisarek
Injured: Jake Gardiner
Bergevin said on the first day of Canadiens training camp Sunday that he had a face-to-face meeting with Subban and agent Don Meehan and remained hopeful to have the defenseman signed and in camp as soon as possible.
"I went to Toronto yesterday to meet with Donnie and P.K. It was a face-to-face meeting," Bergevin said. "Two things I won't discuss in public are contract negotiations and trades. But the negotiations with P.K. have been respectful on both sides. I have a lot of respect for Donnie Meehan -- he's been doing this for 30 years. We're working on it and we hope to come to an agreement soon."
Subban is coming off his entry-level contract and has expressed his desire to play in Montreal, but said he's also looking for a deal he considers fair. Bergevin suggested the fairness of that contract is where the two parties don't agree.
"The last six months dealing with Donnie, it's been healthy, it's a good discussion," Bergevin said. "Obviously we have different views on this … but all I'll say is our goal is to sign P.K. I believe his goal is to play in Montreal, we just haven't agreed yet."
As teams around the NHL are looking to fill out their rosters over the course of a shortened training camp prior the start of the 2012-13 season, Bergevin quickly shot down a suggestion he may want to trade Subban if the two sides don't agree on a contract soon.
"My goal is to sign P.K. Subban," Bergevin said. "I'm not even thinking of trading P.K. I want him to be a part of the Montreal Canadiens. He's a young defenseman who is developing that we want to have here, and we will do everything possible to come to an agreement."
The Ontario Hockey League select team did not have a third-period letdown this time around, but Russia certainly made it interesting.
The OHL entered the final period with a 1-0 lead for a second straight game in the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario on Monday night, but instead of allowing Russia to score twice to steal a win like in Game 3, the home team built on its lead to secure a 2-1 win in Game 4.
The OHL's victory tied the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series at 2-2, with the final two games against the Western Hockey League slated for Vancouver on Wednesday and Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday.
New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs scored a first-period goal and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Frank Corrado of the Sudbury Wolves provided what turned out to be the winner in the third as the OHL bounced back after losing the league's first Subway Super Series game to Russia on Thursday night in Guelph, Ontario.
The game marked a homecoming of sorts for Russian captain and 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov, who played his two years of major junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and received a warm welcome from the crowd when he was introduced prior to the game. The Edmonton Oilers prospect risked being on the wrong end of his biggest highlight when he was the victim of a massive, third-period hit by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson.
St. Louis Blues prospect Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack left the game after 30 shutout minutes and a first-period goal by Ryan Strome remained the difference as the Ontario Hockey League maintained its 1-0 lead against Team Russia through two periods of Game 4 of the Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.
“All these players are outstanding, both offensively and defensively,” Binnington told Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds. “They did a great job limiting [Russia] to eight shots.”
Though there were no goals scored in the second period, the game had terrific pace with lots of end to end action and some big hitting. A lot of the physical play was being instigated by Plymouth Whalers forward Tom Wilson, a Washington Capitals prospect who was hitting anything he could find in a red jersey.
Barrie Colts forward Anthony Camara, a Boston Bruins draft pick, had two of the better chances of the period. The first came when he nearly split the Russian defense to go in alone on goal, but 2013 NHL Draft prospect Mikhail Naumenkov dropped his stick as Camara went by, and the loose stick wound up knocking the puck away before Corrado could get a shot off.
Later, Camara was set up with an open net by London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith, but his redirection went just wide with a little less than six minutes to play in the period.
Paterson only needed to make three saves in the OHL net over the second half of the period, while Vasilevskiy has stopped 14 of 15 shots through 40 minutes for the Russians.
New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs gave the team representing the Ontario Hockey League a 1-0 lead against Team Russia after the first period of Game 4 of the Canadian Hockey League Subway Super Series in Sarnia, Ontario.
Strome, the OHL's top scorer with 37 points in 21 games, started the play with a long stretch pass out of his own end to the Russian blue line before skating hard to the offensive zone. After Ottawa Senators prospect Matt Puempel corralled a loose puck, he found the streaking Strome alone in the slot for a one-time slap shot that trickled through Russian goaltender Andrey Vasilevskiy at 9:47 of the first.
That goal came about 30 seconds after Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac of the Ottawa 67s hit the goal post to the left of Vasilevskiy, a Tampa Bay Lightning first round draft pick last June. Vasilevskiy then made a stop on Washington Capitals draft pick Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers to keep the game scoreless, although it was short-lived.
BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Andre Tourigny wanted to see what top draft prospect Nathan MacKinnon could do on the wing in case that’s where the star Halifax Mooseheads center may be needed on the Canadian team that will play at the next World Junior Championships.
After one game, MacKinnon’s switch to the wing can still be described as a work in progress.
MacKinnon played for the first time on left wing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that lost Game 1 of the Subway Super Series 6-2 on Monday night on a line with Jonathan Huberdeau and Jean-Sebastien Dea, a line Tourigny was expecting to produce some offense against a powerful Russian team.
Except Huberdeau and MacKinnon finished the game a minus-4 while Dea was a minus-3, a situation Tourigny says can’t continue in Game 2 of the series Wednesday night in Val D’Or.
BOISBRIAND, Quebec – Mikhail Grigorenko knows the 6-2 final score makes it look like his Russian team completely dominated its counterpart from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday night, but he doesn’t feel it’s a true reflection of how Game 1 of the Subway Super Series was played.
In fact, the Quebec Remparts center feels the game was played rather evenly in spite of the most lopsided Russian win in this series since 2007.
“We played the way our coach wanted us to play,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect said. “I think for the Quebec guys a lot of them had games yesterday so they were probably a little bit tired. I think the next game will be a lot tougher and it will be more of a challenge.”
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I challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn't want to go. It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I'm sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.