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Habs prospects build momentum

Sunday, 10.09.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Habs prospects build momentum
Canadiens one win from reaching tournament final

With a team-leading four points in two games, Mikhail Grabovski has made quite the first impression.

TORONTO - Thanks to a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday night, Canadiens prospects picked up their first victory of this year's annual rookie tournament, currently underway at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

After dominating last year's event and being held off the scoresheet in a Canadiens 6-5 overtime loss to Toronto to open the tournament on Friday, Guillaume Latendresse was up to his old tricks collecting a goal and an assist on his way to being named the first star in Montreal's win over the Panthers. Like Latendresse, five other Canadiens also enjoyed two-point nights against Florida, including linemate and team captain Kyle Chipchura.

In his first appearance since being inked by the Canadiens this summer, goalie Cdrick Desjardins looked right at home in the enlarged nets being tested at the tournament. The extra six inches in height and eight inches in width hardly rattled the 20-year-old who kicked aside 29-of-30 Panthers shots for the victory.

With an assist against Florida, Mikhail Grabovski now leads the Canadiens with four points in two games, after potting a pair and adding a helper against the baby Leafs Friday night.

Led by new assistant coach Kirk Muller, the Canadiens will look to take full advantage of their day off on Sunday before getting back to business Monday against the York University Lions, with Montreal needing a win to earn a berth in Tuesday night's final.