MONTREAL – While most of the Bulldogs enjoyed a few days off this week, they likely spent it glued to their TVs watching teammates Cedrick Desjardins and P.K. Subban
put on a clinic for the rest of the AHL to see.
Desjardins flexed some muscle between the pipes for the AHL’s Team Canada, turning aside all but three of the 19 shots he faced during Monday night’s skills competition. In the events designed to showcase the AHL’s top snipers, Desjardins stole the show, shutting down five of the six PlanetUSA breakaway attempts and capturing Top Goaltender honors in the process.
The next night, the Bulldogs’ netminder was equally stingy during the All-Star Game itself. Stepping into the line of fire in the third period with his team trailing 7-5, Desjardins knocked down eight of 10 shots and held down the fort to help Team Canada even things up at 9 apiece.
Facing some of the best sharpshooters in the AHL, the 24-year-old stymied four of the five shootout attempts, including an acrobat diving save to ice the contest, earning him third star honors on the night.
The other half of the Bulldogs’ representation at the midseason classic also made his presence felt in his All-Star debut. In the skills competition, Subban pulled probably the sweetest move in the breakaway contest, channeling his inner Forsberg by deking to his forehand before carefully nudging the puck over the goal line with an outstretched backhand.
In the big game on Tuesday night, the shifty blue-liner notched another beauty in the shootout, cutting in close and roofing a backhander to help lead Canada to the win.
When the two stars head back to Hamilton today, they’ll do so with just a little more street cred in their back pockets. Opposing goalies beware: P.K. is one defenseman who will light you up. And even if he doesn’t, good luck getting one past Desjardins at the other end.Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.See alsoGame preview: Canadiens - BluesThe Streak is On!The Canadiens donate $159,553 to provide immediate relief to Haiti Habs call up Mathieu Darche