MONTREAL - Despite the call ups and injuries, the Hamilton Bulldogs continue to roll along, with only three regulation losses since the start of the season.
Coach Guy Boucher has every reason to be happy when it concerns the play of his troops, as not only is the team playing well, but one of his best offensive weapons has returned to action.
Young veteran David Desharnais
' broken foot, suffered in the final exhibition game against the Toronto Marlies, has finally healed completely. After assisting on a P.K. Subban
goal, Desharnais took a routine shot off his foot, shelving the Quebec City native for nearly two months.
Seven weeks and thirteen games later, the five-foot-six, 177-pound pivot looked as good as new, flying out of the gate from the opening faceoff. Despite the loss, Desharnais assisted on the lone Bulldogs goal, scored by Mike Glumac, in the November 10 contest against Rochester. In the same game, it was leading scorer Mathieu Darche
's turn to visit the infirmary, suffering a dislocated shoulder that should see him miss four to six weeks of action.
In Darche's absence, the return of a player of Desharnais' caliber is even more appreciated. In his second game back last Saturday, he notched a goal and an assist in a 5-2 Bulldogs' win over the Syracuse Crunch. On Tuesday, Desharnais netted his team's only marker in a 4-1 loss to the Abbotsford Heat.
The young forward, who turned 23 during training camp with the Canadiens, has certainly been anxious to make his return, after a strong showing with the big club that latest until the finals cuts.
Not one to waste time, Desharnais has picked up right where he left off last season, one that saw him named both the rookie of the year and the team's hardest working player while posting 58 points in 77 games.
With four points in three games since his return, Desharnais is already making his presence felt. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translation by Robert Lefebvre.See alsoMaxim pushes Montreal past CanesMathieu Carle assigned to the BulldogsVote for the greatest moment in Habs' historyWalking the red carpetThe Streak is on!