Fly on the Wall: Feb. 28, 2009
Pepe comes home
The last time Claude Lemieux suited up for the Canadiens, the pilot episode of Seinfeld was making its prime time debut, Madonna had just released her hit single Vogue, and the last pieces of the Berlin Wall were still being torn down. Eighteen years later, “Pepe” returned to his old stomping grounds to face off against his former team.
“It was a really great gesture that Todd [McClellan] gave me a chance to start the game on the first line tonight for my Montreal debut. That’s something I’ll never forget – I guess I owe him a game-winner in the playoffs. I didn’t have a chance to sit back and listen to the fans, but playing here is so special; I mean, Montreal is Montreal, you know?”
Thornton likes himself some Sharks
Despite losing to the Canadiens on Saturday night, All-Star Joe Thornton still managed to come up with an exhaustive list of what makes his Sharks so unbeatable.
“We’re just a good team. We’re fast, we’re strong, we’re big. A lot of teams don’t know how to play us and really just can’t handle us and I think you saw that for forty minutes; they just had no clue how to stop us. Their goalie played well, but we’re just big and strong.”
McClellan: Halak is in need of a thermometer
After seeing his team outshoot the Canadiens 48-21 and still come out on the losing side, Sharks coach Todd McClellan knew what the difference was in Saturday’s game.
“Halak played extremely well. We knew he was hot coming in and our plan was to get in his face and get second and third opportunities. We did that today, but it was one of those games where it just wasn’t going to go in. The bounces went his way, he made some fabulous saves and as a result he got his team a win.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com
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