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Training camp: Day 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
It may be a Monday, but the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard wasn’t any less packed for the second intrasquad match-up in as many days at the Habs’ training camp.

After taking in the A-B game yesterday as spectators, Team C (Reds) finally hit the ice to take on Team A (Whites) on Monday morning.  The two teams took advantage of the open ice to flex some serious offensive muscle for the fans in attendance, notching seven goals between them. Team C narrowly edged out their opponents 4-3 in the hard-fought tune-up.  

In what fans hope could be a preview of things to come this season, Brian Gionta potted the winner late in the game for the Reds. Getting off to a good start, the Whites jumped out of the gate with a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals by rookie Brock Trotter. Curtis Sanford also stoned Trotter earlier to spoil the 22-year-old’s bid for the training camp hat trick.

When the puck dropped for the second (and final) period, Team C mounted a solid come-back effort, led by goals from Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec and Mathieu Darche, who scored on a penalty shot. Glen Metropolit closed the gap for Team A, finding the net behind Cedrick Desjardins to pull his squad even. With just 17 seconds to go, Gionta snapped one past super-sized goalie Jason Missiaen for the dramatic finish.

Notably absent from the games so far are Sergei Kostitsyn and Kyle Chipchura. Both forwards underwent shoulder surgery this offseason and both are still awaiting the green light from team doctors to participate in the scrimmages.  Instead, the younger Kostitsyn brother practiced with Team B, who had Monday off from scrimmages. He was replaced on Team C for the tilt by Philippe Lefebvre – the only player invited to camp on a tryout basis.

Shauna Denis is a writer for

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