Canadiens down Sens, finish third
Price showed why the Canadiens made him the first goalie chosen at this summer's draft with a strong performance on Saturday night in Ottawa.
OTTAWA - The Canadiens' Class of 2005 stole the show in Montreal's 3-2 win over the Senators on Saturday night to cap off the four-day rookie tournament.
Despite having walked to up the podium only a little over a month ago, Carey Price and Guillaume Latendresse, the Canadiens' top two picks from this summer's draft, were front and center on Saturday in helping secure a third-place finish for the Habs prospects.
Already the toast of the tournament for the Canadiens, Latendresse exploded for three assists, giving the 45th overall pick a goal and five assists in four games to lead the Habs in scoring. The 18-year-old native of Ste-Catherine has certainly paid immediate dividends for the Canadiens, who swapped picks with the Rangers to move up in the draft in order to select the Drummondville Voltigeurs sniper in the second round.
Price, on the other hand, was back between the pipes for the second time this week and showed why the Canadiens grabbed him fifth overall at the draft by turning away 31 of 33 shots fired by the Senators to secure his first win as a Hab. Price, who just turned 18 only last month, posted a 1-1 record with a 2.50 GAA and .919 save percentage during the tourney.
James Sanford got things started for the Canadiens, notching his first goal of the tournament with assists from Latendresse and Sergei Kostitsyn. The helper was Kostitsyn's first point of the week. Michael Lambert, who is the nephew of former Habs' winger Yvon, put the Canadiens up 2-1 on the power play with his second goal of the tourney with a little help from Andre
Benoit and Latendresse. The duo also joined forces to set up the game-winner scored by Maxim Lapierre at 8:16 of the third period.
The Habs out-shot Ottawa 43-33 to finish the tourney with a 2-2 record just ahead of the fourth-place Senators at 1-3. Next up for roughly a dozen of the Habs' prospects on hand this week is an invite to the Canadiens training camp opening on Tuesday in Montreal.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com