Desharnais scored the overtime winner and added an assist in Thursday's 4-3 Game 5 triumph over San Jose. Desharnais' goal 18:15 into overtime was only made possible by his clutch assist on Oscar Klefbom's game-tying goal with 2:46 to play in regulation. The trade acquisition from Montreal was an unlikely hero after contributing just one shot without a point through the series' first four games.
Desharnais contributed an assist and a pair of shots Saturday against Detroit in his first game with the Oilers. The 30-year-old's value certainly increases in Edmonton versus Montreal, where he'd fallen off the depth chart almost entirely. In Edmonton, he's skating on the third line at the moment, so it'll be interesting to see what he can do with the opportunity.
The Canadiens traded Desharnais to the Oilers in exchange for defenseman Brandon Davidson on Tuesday. Desharnais will get a chance to start over in Edmonton after being a healthy scratch in plenty of games in Montreal lately. He fell out of favor with the Habs, posting just four goals and 10 points over 31 games. However, he put up 48 points in a full season in 2014-15, and he's also got a 60-point campaign from 2011-12 to his credit. Desharnais is a talented playmaker; he just needs to see regular ice time. Perhaps a change of scenery will get him going again.
Desharnais replaced Michael McCarron on the fourth line during Friday's practice, Stu Cowan of Hockey Inside Out reports. Montreal coach Claude Julien made several tweaks to his lines during the practice, but did not confirm those lines would stick for Saturday night's game in Toronto. Desharnais, a healthy scratch the last six games, is a better offensive initiator than McCarron -- an important consideration for a team that's scored just 13 goals in 10 February games (2-7-1).
Desharnais has been a healthy scratch for five straight games. Desharnais, who is in the final year of his contract, finally appears to be on his last legs in a Montreal uniform. With just 10 points in 29 games, Desharnais is looking at his lowest output since 2010.
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