MONTREAL – David Desharnais
finally made his childhood dream come true.
While the 5-2 result wasn’t what he was hoping for, Desharnais still likely won’t be forgetting his 11th game as a Hab any time soon. No stranger to the dark corners and high traffic areas of NHL rinks, the 5-foot-6 forward was taking his usual abuse screening Marc-Andre Fleury when his hard work finally paid off.
“I knew I tipped it but I didn’t even know it was in the net until I heard the crowd erupt like that,” described Desharnais, who got his stick on a P.K. Subban
blast in the second period to notch the first goal of his NHL career. “I would’ve liked to get the win, though.”
Having to wait 11 games may not seem that long for most people, but for Desharnais, it felt like a lifetime in the making.
“It’s a weight off my shoulders, for sure,” admitted the Quebec City native. “It felt great to get that first one. Hearing them announce my name and then hearing the reaction from the crowd was absolutely incredible. It was really special for me.”
That wasn’t the only time the homegrown Hab would get to hear his name announced over the Bell Centre PA system against the Penguins, earning second star honors for the first time in his young career. The 24-year-old is hoping it was just the first of many more to come.
“The chances have been there but it’s always good to get that first goal. When you have chances and it’s not going in, you just have to keep fighting,” described the gritty pivot. “I try to be in those tough areas. I’m a small guy but I have to play like everyone else and get the job done.
“Last year, I was here more because of injuries so I knew I was going to go back [to Hamilton] eventually,” he added. “This year, if I [earn] my place, I’m going to stay here. And I want to [earn] my place.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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