Habs prospects Brendan Gallagher and Nathan Beaulieu gave strong accounts of themselves in the Canadiens’ 3-1 exhibition loss, but the real indication that they are catching the team’s eye came at practice.
The maxim has it that you don’t bother kidding people you don’t like, and by that standard the two kids are very well-liked indeed.
Mathieu Darche jokingly did the shepherd’s crook thing on Gallagher at one point during the second of two hour-long practices on Thursday, hooking his stick around the diminutive winger’s neck.
During a chalk talk a short time later, Michael Cammalleri jammed his stick in Beaulieu’s pant leg to pull him off balance (Carey Price, standing next to Cammalleri, also got into the act, using Cammalleri’s stick as a lever, and then turned around and pitchforked Cammalleri with his goalie stick).
The hilarity carried on into the dressing room, where Scott Gomez discussed the injury that’s kept him out of action since the beginning of camp.
“My pinkie got hit, it took away all of my balance,” Gomez said.
The centre should be in action in one of the four games in four nights that the Habs will play (two against Ottawa, two against Boston) beginning Friday.
But every time someone comes off the injured list, it seems another player goes on.
David Desharnais, who played on Wednesday, is now on the shelf with an undisclosed lower body injury.