Habs Notebook - March 12, 2008
“He played really well and deserve full marks for his performance,” said Sutter. “He’s a big kid who knows how to get in front of pucks. I wish our guys would have gotten more traffic in front of him and made his life a little tougher, but he saw all our shots and stopped them.”
Quote of the week: The honor goes to the Canadiens’ Maxim Lapierre following a 4-0 win over the Devils that included his gift-wrapped, open net goal courtesy of Sergei Kostitsyn.
“I know Sergei pretty well from playing with him in Hamilton. When he arrived in Montreal, I told Guillaume [Latendresse]: “If ever you’re playing with him, just keep your stick on the ice!”
Did someone say playoffs?: The postseason must almost be upon us, given the way Saku Koivu has caught fire of late. A renowned playoff performer, Koivu has piled up 13 points over his last 14 games, trailing only Alex Kovalev who has 19 points over the same span.
Sticking to a resolution: If Guy Carbonneau’s squad made one resolution back on Jan. 1, chances are it involved their performances at 1260 de la Gauchetiere Street. After stumbling to a 6-7-4 record in front of their home fans through Dec. 31 this season, the Habs have risen from the ashes on home ice with an 11-5-1 record at the Bell Centre so far in 2008.
The race to 40: On Thursday night, the Canadiens will look to reach the 40-win mark for the 36th time in team history, since they first hit the benchmark in 1954-55. Here’s a look back at how many games the Habs have needed to reach 40 wins since the early 1990s.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com