The day started with Frölunda of the SEL signing Habs prospect Sebastian Collberg to a one-year extension. Robert Rice of AllHabs.net stated, “Collberg staying on with Frölunda not a big surprise. Sweden’s WJC coach taking over their bench in 13-14 is good news for him. Collberg has 8G, 5A in 12 career WJC games and Gold and Silver in the tournament under Ronnberg.” I think all Habs fans want to see him at least in development camp in the summer before he starts the new season with the Swedish team.
Rookie Alex Galchenyuk was awarded the Molson Cup for the month of January. He was elected first star on January 22nd against Florida and second star on January 29th vs Winnipeg. He finished ahead of fellow rookie Gallagher and goaltender Price. Galchenyuk was presented with the award before the game against Boston.
Blake Geoffrion was at the game tonight, he will visit with the doctors tomorrow to see if and when he can start training. He did have to clarify that he was not announcing his retirement and he stated that he really misses the game. We miss you too Boomer.
The Hamilton Bulldogs were on the road as they played the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh, a place that has not been so kind to the Dogs this year. Fortunately, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens came out on top on this one even though they blew a 4-1 lead. A multiple goal night came from Louis Leblanc, so that is a major positive for him. The final score was 6-4 as Dumont capped it off with an empty net goal.
The Canadiens fell to the Bruins 2-1 after they came out hot in the first period where they should have buried their chances against Rask. Subban put the Habs on the board and unfortunately racist comments took over a part of Twitter. Then the Canadiens took their foot off the gas for far too long afterwards and did not seem to wake up until the minutes were dwindling down in the third period. Oh and Will Smith was in the house. You can read Jared Horner’s full-game recap here.
On Sunday, the second round of the Playground Poker Hat Trick tournament will be played out. A number of past and present Canadiens will be taking part in the event. For more information, read it here.
How did the prospects do tonight?
– Schultz was a -1 and had 5PIM in Utah’s loss.
– Hudon had a -1 rating in Chicoutimi’s 4-0 loss to Blainville-Boisbriand.
– In the Saskatoon Blades victory, Dietz was a +1 and had 1 assist, Thrower was a +3.