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New season, same rivalry

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
HALIFAX  –  The Habs dropped a tough one against the Bruins in Halifax for the first game of their back-to-back series.

No excuses:
Whether it's Game seven of a playoff series or just another game on the preseason calendar, Mathieu Darchd still takes the outcome of each and every game played to heart. Even though the six game inseven nights marathon is about to come to a close, No. 52 isn't looking to make any excuses despite having a roster still made up of 44 players.

"Every team is changing their lineup on a nightly basis," pointed out Darche. "We only have a couple of guys playing two games in two nights. There are still teans out there that are changing up their lines every night."

Bright future: Besides being a good moment to take the pulse of the organization's future training camp gives Habs prospects the chance to make some lasting impressions on their future teammates. Two of the Canadiens hopefulls have done just that with center, Scott Gomez.

"Brendan [Gallagher] is getting some great opportunities and creating scoring chances. I can't say what's going to happen but he's certainly making a name for himself. The point of camp is to get noticed and that's what he's doing," praised Gomez who got the Habs on the board early in Sunday's game. "[Nathan] Beaulieu has a brilliant future ahead of him on tbe blue-line. This all really speaks to the quality of this organization and what they have in store."

One to forget: It's a safe bet that Peter Budaj likely envisioned a different outcome for his first full preseason game between the pipes for the Canadiens. But despite a rocky outing against the defending Stanley Cup champs, Budaj remains confident that Sunday night was just a minor speedbump in the road.

"To be honest, overall i 've been feeling really good," explained Budaj." It was a tough night, but i know that i can play better and i've proven it. We do still have almost two weeks until the season starts and we're going to use it to keep working and getting better."

Taking stock: Despite his team's record of one win and five losses, Canadiens head-coach Jacques Martin knows that using the preseason as a prospect testing-ground is the name of the game when it comes to training camp.

"The goal here is to evaluate our people," pointed out Martin. "We're playing five games in six nights and with a depleated lineup it's a good chance to see where our younger players are at."

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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