MONTREAL – It didn’t take long for Ryan White
to make an impact with the Habs.
Called up from Hamilton hours before Thursday’s game against the Islanders, White looked like he hadn’t missed a beat since being sent down before the All-Star break. While his workload may not have been as heavy as some of his veteran teammates, the scrappy forward made sure he made every second count.
“I felt involved right from the puck drop. For me, it’s not about how many minutes I play it’s about the quality of those minutes,” explained White, who played just under 12 minutes against the Isles. “I just want to play hard whenever I’m out there and help the team where I can.”
With five shots, one assist, three hits, a blocked shot and a plus-1 differential, White did plenty to help the cause in his fourth NHL game of the season.
“I thought I played pretty well. I just want to contribute in any way I can and not make any mistakes. I thought our line played well defensively and we got a bonus in the offensive zone,” added the 22-year-old winger, who picked up his first NHL point since November 24, 2009 on Benoit Pouliot's second period goal. “It’s always a treat for me to get to play with Davey [Desharnais]. He’s a really smart hockey player and he makes things easier for me. I learned to just give the puck to him and good things happen – he did that tonight.”
Coming off a penalty/goal/fight-filled evening on Wednesday, few were surprised to see the Canadiens call on the gritty Manitoba native after Mathieu Darche
went down with a lower body injury.
“Anytime I can get up here to play is great. I’ve always tried to play with an edge and if they need me to play hard, I’m going to play hard every night,” vowed White, who has 30 pro fights – including two with the Habs – on his rap sheet already. “There was a business-like attitude in here today and we knew we needed to win. It’s tough we didn’t get the two points, but I thought the guys bounced back well.
Clearly comfortable and enjoying the scenery in Montreal already, White knows there are two major factors that can help him make his latest stint last.
“My linemates played great, it’s just too bad we didn’t come out with those two points. We moved the puck well and used our size down low and that’s what we need to do to be successful,” described White. “It’s easy playing with those guys. They’re smart players and you know you just have to do your job and they’ll take care of the rest.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
Islanders 4, Canadiens 3, SO Boxscore
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