Habs Notebook - March 24, 2009
At any Price: Knowing full well how crucial tonight’s matchup with the Thrashers will be, Bob Gainey has made it clear that he expects his veterans to carry the load and Carey Price to lead the way.
“Carey will get the start tonight and I hope we will end the night with a victory,” said Gainey after the morning skate. “As for the rest of the lineup, I’ve turned to our more experienced players like Mathieu Dandenault and Patrice Brisebois who have both played in such important situations in the past.”
TK a Habs groupie?: Even though the newly formed super line of Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu and Alex Tanguay has yet to even play its first game as a unit, teammate Tom Kostopoulos is already stoked about its explosive possibilities.
“It’s going to be exciting to see all that talent on one line,” said Kostopoulos. “All three of them want to win at all cost. I think fans are going to have fun watching those guys go, just like we will from the bench.”
It takes a village: Eager to hit the ice with his new high-profile linemates, Saku Koivu knows that if the Habs are going to make playoffs and be postseason threat, it’s going to take a little elbow grease from everyone.
“It important for us veterans to lead the way for our young guys and that’s what we’re going to do tonight,” said Koivu. “We haven’t played together much and we will have to quickly find our rhythm, but a win tonight will not be just up to the three of us. It’s going to take a team effort.”
First blood: Despite their current rough stretch the Habs haven’t had the habit of throwing in the towel when they see the opposition take a 1-0 lead, with the Canadiens boasting a 12-21-4 record in those games. The same can’t be said for the Thrashers who are only 6-28-3.
It’s important to set the tone, but even if we don’t score first we can’t forget that hockey game isn’t five or 10 minutes long, it’s full 60 minutes. There’s always time for us to roll up our sleeves and get the job done."
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com