The Montreal Canadiens training camp began on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Everyone is on the lookout to see the new faces in their new uniforms.
Today, the Canadiens took advantage of their training day to do a small intra-team game separating the formation into two groups: whites and reds. Here are the proposed team formations:
Despite the final result of 6-3 in favor of the reds, the whites, mainly led by players from the American Hockey League, offered a nice opposition.
Paul Byron opened the score for the Whites with a nice trick on a breakaway after blocking two shots from Joel Edmundson at the blue line. The intensity is there!
The Reds score two quick goals from Michael Frolik and Tyler Toffoli. Frolik threaded the needle after a nice three-way passing game with Kulak and Poelhing. Toffoli used his accuracy after receiving a nice pass in the zone entrance. Kotkaniemi doubled his lead by jumping on a loose puck at the goal crease after one of his shots. Chiarot and Romanov’s body checks were very powerful.
Baddock positions himself in the slot and reduces the gap on a power play by pushing Victor Mete’s rebound behind the goalie. It is now 3-2 for the Whites. Then Jordan Weal brings everyone back to square one by tying the game. Then the Reds score a goal, Jonathan Drouin comes alone in front of Charlie Lindgren and beats him with a superb move to give back the lead to his team. Kotkaniemi finally scores in an empty net to ensure the victory of his team.
The Canadiens also went into overtime, ending with a goal by Tomas Tatar on a Ben Chiarot pass.
Reds: Frolik, Toffoli, Kotkaniemi(2), Drouin, Tatar
Whites: Byron, Baddock, Weal
KK offers a show
In addition to scoring two goals, Kotkaniemi served up a superb feint to Paul Byron on the power play as he was leaving his zone.
If the youngblood can continue to gain confidence and bring us plays like this one, it will give us electrifying games to watch!
Translated by Michel-Alexandre Broekaert