The Canadiens lost the final game of the annual prospect tournament to the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night. The Canadiens have not won this tournament since 2001.
The Habs got off to a strong start, and had a 1-0 lead after the 1st on a goal by tough guy Jimmy Bonneau. The Leafs got that back in the 2nd, and it was 1-1 after 2. Then the action began to pick up. Scott May got a quick goal for the Leafs, but that was soon matched by Corey Locke. Shortly thereafter, Toronto re-gained the lead, but the Habs once again tied it a minute later on a goal by Gregory Stewart. That was all the good news from there though, as Matt Hubbauer got the winner just past the 14 minute mark, and Cory Stillman clinched it with an empty netter.
The Habs heavily outshot the Leafs in this one, by a margin of 39-22, but could not find too many holes in J-F Racine. Yann Danis took the loss for the Habs in this game. Both teams were unsuccessful on the powerplay, the Leafs were 0/6, while the Habs were 0/4.
The focus now shifts to contract talks, particularly with Corey Locke. Locke has been vocal that he is seeking a contract, and hopes to begin the season with Hamilton (AHL), rather than Ottawa (OHL). Other tryouts may also get deals, just like J-P Cote last season.
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