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Canadiens Camp: Yemelin impresses early

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 12:30 PM

By Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com / Super Saturday

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Canadiens Camp: Yemelin impresses early
BROSSARD, Que. -- Michael Cammalleri gave the throngs of Montreal Canadiens fans at the first day of training camp something to cheer about Saturday, scoring the tying goal with less than a minute to play and the winner in the shootout in the first scrimmage of the season.

Ben Winnett, a University of Michigan product in camp on a tryout, scored two goals in the game, while Dany Masse, Alexander Avtsin and Ian Schultz also scored in the game.

But the biggest impression was left by Russian defenseman Alexei Yemelin, who laid a number of thunderous hits, most notably a hip check that sent Max Pacioretty spinning into the air. Pacioretty gave Yemelin a dirty look as he got up.

In addition to that, Yemelin made some smart plays with the puck and looked more like a veteran than a player making his North American debut after seven seasons of pro hockey in Russia.
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