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Bulldogs report - April 7, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – Good things come in small packages. Judging by the performance of diminutive center David Desharnais in Hamilton this year, that expression was coined just for him.

Using every inch of his 5-foot-7 frame, the Bulldogs’ sharpshooter can still find a way to make opposing defensemen tremble in their skates. Always a scoring threat, Desharnais is joined by Brock Trotter as the only ‘Dogs to own more than a point per game so far this year.  

Team Player Games played Points
David Desharnais 59 78
Brett Sterling 55 56
Jean-Michel Daoust 75 51
Stephen Gionta 66 33
Justin Azevedo 43 27
All the 5'7'' players in the AHL.
Desharnais isn’t just making his presence felt in Hamilton, either. Despite being sidelined with an injury for the first 13 games of the season, the speedy pivot managed to impress the Habs’ brass in a big way upon his return, earning himself a six-game ticket to big leagues earlier this year. In just 59 games in Hamilton, Desharnais has still managed to pile up a staggering 78 points – good enough for fifth overall in AHL scoring.   

While the Bulldogs have been making history over in Hamilton, having already broken the franchise’s single-season record with 112 points to their credit and two games still left to play, Desharnais has managed to find his way into the team’s record books in his own right. Thanks to his three-point night last Sunday, the Quebec City native shattered the previous record for points in a season, previously set by Jason Chimera in 2001-02.  

Putting on a goal-scoring clinic this past December, Desharnais enjoyed a six-game scoring streak that also included three assists in that span, good enough to earn him the best sequence in the league this year. The only thing the 23-year-old loves more than scoring goals, it seems, is scoring them with the man advantage. With 11 power play markers so far this season, Desharnais is tied for the team lead with AHL All-Star P.K. Subban in that category.

With just two games left in the 2009-10 regular season, it looks like Desharnais is just getting warmed up for the records he and his teammates are planning to set this spring.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis and Manny Almela

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