Fly on the Wall - Oct. 28, 2008
Déjà vu for Samsonov
Playing in his first game at the Bell Centre since he left in 2007, Sergei Samsonov felt right at home with the reception he received from the Bell Centre crowd.
“It’s a little weird playing on the other side, but it was a fun game to play. With the reaction from the fans, I mean, I was booed when I was playing for Montreal so coming in as the opposition I wouldn’t expect anything less.”
Eric Staal on his potentially costly penalty in overtime
“I battled hard with Komisarek all night. I didn’t think he was one to do that, but whatever, that’s how it goes. I don’t even think the ref really saw it, he just looked over and saw Komisarek falling to the ice and reacted.”
Eighth time’s the charm
In his previous seven games at the Bell Centre, Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has gotten the better of the home team. After losing his bid for an eighth on Tuesday night, Ward shared some of the keys to his past successes in Montreal.
“It’s the atmosphere that Montreal fans bring to this rink and the history and the past that’s been played here and you’re playing against a pretty good hockey team, so it’s very easy to get up and excited for these games.”
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette likes shootouts, dislikes losing
“It’s disappointing when you come back in the third period, down 2-1, tie it up and then it goes to a shootout. I’m in favor of the shootout, but it just leaves you with a pit in your stomach like you did something wrong. Now everybody’s saddled with a loss and it’s like you buried your dead cat in the locker room – nobody’s talking.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
The Numbers Game - Oct. 28, 2008