CHATEAUGUAY, Quebec (AP) - Montreal players Brian Gionta, Andre Markov and Josh Gorges, and Los Angeles' Simon Gagne and Jonathan Bernier were among 20 NHL players who took part in the first game of the Tournee des joueurs Thursday night at the Complex Multisports de Chateauguay.
Maxime Talbot and Jason Pominville each scored twice to lead the red ``Montreal'' squad to a 7-4 victory over the white ``Quebec'' team. First-come, first-served tickets sold at the door for $20 drew a standing-room-only crowd of 1,250 to the multi-rink arena.
Talbot and Bruno Gervais, both of the Philadelphia Flyers, organized the tour, which will feature games next week in Saint-Hyacinthe and Sherbrooke.
Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, from Chateauguay, got the win behind a lineup that also included Gionta, Markov, Gorges, Gervais, Alexandre Burrows, Guillaume Latendresse, Colby Armstrong, Mathieu Darche, Derick Brassard and Steve Begin.
Gagne and Bernier and fellow Quebec City players Patrice Bergeron, Steve Bernier and David Desharnais were among the members of the losing squad, along with Lars Eller, Travis Moen, Brandon Prust, Francis Bouillon, Roman Hamrlik, Benoit Pouliot, Mathieu Perreault.