Desjardins makes his NHL debut against Canadiens
Turns out, rookie goalie Cedrick Desjardins actually is making his NHL debut tonight against the Canadiens.
Desjardins, who spent four seasons in the Montreal organization without getting called up, had said this morning he thought G Dan Ellis was starting (Ellis thought he was, too). Coach Guy Boucher was coy after the morning skate, saying only he hadn't told his goalies yet.
Yet here came Desjardins to start in front of a sellout crowd at the St. Pete Times Forum. Before the game, Desjardins, 25, was gracious in talking about his time with the Canadiens organization.
"I respect Montreal, it's one of the greatest organizations in the league," Desjardins said. "They were the only team that gave me a chance when I was 20 years old, and I'll always be thankful for them as well...I never played for them, really, but from my point I had a great time there, met great people."
Desjardins debut started off a bit rocky, as the first shot on goal he faced from Max Pacioretty, deflected off a skate in the crease for a goal.
--- JOE SMITH