Training camp - Day 2
Getting off on the right foot: Hitting the ice with the rest of his teammates for the first time since his impressive playoff performance this spring, Maxim Lapierre picked up right where he left off. Leading Team A to a 5-2 win over Team B in the opening scrimmage of training camp, Lappy has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
"I want to get off to a good start. That's the attitude we want to have as a team, too. It's about working hard and developing those good habits," explained the 25-year-old winger, who was named the first star of the game by media in attendance. "These may just be intersquad games right now, but it helps us get ready for the preseason games coming up. It all starts here."
Keeping the boss happy: Jacques Martin got to see his squad in action for the first time on Saturday morning and the Habs bench boss likes what he sees. While he admits the scrimmages aren't the same calibre as an NHL or AHL game, he still managed to get a feel for what he can expect out of his team in 2010-11.
"What I liked most of all this morning was the level of intensity. It was really high for the first day of training camp, especially in the practice before the scrimmage," offered Martin, who also had good things to say about newcomer Lars Eller. "We see he has some key skills. He's a fast skater and he sees the game well. Those are the things we're starting to see already."
Making his case: Since arriving in Montreal this summer, Ian Schultz has been proving that he was more than just a trade throw-in to to the Lars Eller deal. He added a little more evidence to his case during the opening scrimmage on Saturday.
"Today was a good start. My style of play translates better to game situations. I have to be able to hit to play my game. During the rookie camp, the intensity level wasn't as high but I think in the real camp, I'll have a better chance to show what I can do," said the gritty 6-foot-2 forward who also chipped in a goal and an assist for Team A.
On the shelf: A. Markov (knee), R. Hamrlik (knee), Dany Masse (upper body) and Hunter Bishop (upper body) didn't skate on Day 2.
Team B: Conboy (1), Avtsin (1)
Team A: Moen (1), Lapierre (1), Lapierre (2), Schultz (1), Russell (1)
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
Teams - Training camp
Behind the scenes at the first day of camp
2010-11 Training camp roster
58 players invited to the Canadiens Training Camp
The Habs tee off