Habs Notebook - Feb. 24, 2009
Robert returns… sort of: Crutches and all, Robert Lang met the media for the first time since severing his Achilles tendon against the Bruins back on February 1. Not about to return to the ice anytime soon, the veteran centerman refused to close the book on his 2008-09 season.
“It was a strange feeling for sure, and kind of scary at first. The sensation was nothing like I’d ever had before. But stuff happens in this game, you just have to fight through it,” said Lang, who has missed 10 games and counting. “If everything goes well, I could be back in during the playoffs if the team goes deep enough into the spring. You just have to look right here in our dressing room at a guy like Chipper [Kyle Chipchura] who had the exact thing happen to him in junior and he came back from it. I can’t dwell on it and I just need to let it heal and stay positive.”
You again?: Facing the Canucks for the second time in just over a week, the Habs don’t need to be reminded of that tough 4-2 loss at GM Place. Tom Kostopoulos is even ready to take up permanent residence in Roberto Luongo’s crease to help the cause.
“The fact that our loss to these guys last week is still fresh on our minds is a good thing. We want payback tonight and this time we’ll really know what to expect from them,” said Kostopoulos. “Anytime you face a goalie like Luongo , you need to make his life difficult by getting as much traffic in front of him as possible and we all saw that last time in Vancouver.”
Un-welcome back, Mats: With former-Leafs captain Mats Sundin set to suit up at the Bell Centre for the first time since joining the Canucks in late December, Habs defenseman Josh Gorges has a feeling the big Swede won’t exactly be seeing any red carpets rolled out for his arrival.
“He’s a big player and he’s a big competitor and we know he’s going to come in here and do what he does best, but to be honest we can’t worry about what’s going on over on their bench. That said, I’m sure our fans will give him a little something – they’re pretty good at that. It’ll be fun to see what happens; I’m sure the crowd will be amped-up for it from the start and it’ll be an exciting game out there.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com