Laval Rocket goaltender Cayden Primeau warms up prior to an AHL playoff game against the Syracuse Crunch in Laval on May 12, 2022.

He explained the decision not to use Canadiens prospect Cayden Primeau by saying that he was more concerned with winning than development.

Three games into the best-of-five North Division semifinal, winning and development have gone hand in hand as the Rocket takes a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 Saturday at Place Bell (3 p.m., RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 91.9 FM) because Primeau has taken a step forward in his development.

After Poulin faltered during a 5-3 loss in Game 1, Houle turned to Primeau and the 22-year-old has been the difference in the two wins.

He was outstanding in Game 2 as the Rocket took the home-ice advantage away from the Crunch. He made 37 saves in a 3-2 win.

On Thursday, Primeau stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Rocket delighted a sellout crowd at Place Bell with a 4-1 victory. The game was closer than the score indicated. The teams were tied 1-1 after two periods and Primeau made 13 saves in the third before Laval put it away with two empty-net goals.

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