The seventh man

Sunday, 04.19.2009 / 12:24 AM ET / News
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The seventh man
BOSTON – The Bruins had their turn, now the Canadiens have theirs:  the chance to count on the seventh man - the fans.

“We know what kind of energy our fans bring,” said Mike Komisarek. “Those of us who were here last year know. There’s no better place to play during the playoffs than the Bell Centre.

“We have to put these two games behind us and get back on track in the next one. That’s the only solution.”

While the initial goal of heading home with at least a split wasn’t realized, there's only one thing left to do, according to Bob Gainey.

“We had hoped to win one of the two games here,” admitted the Canadiens' bench boss. “The first game was our best chance. Now, we have to go home and win.”

Despite the Habs’ series deficit, you won’t find any white flags being waved in the team’s locker room.

“It wasn’t like the thought was we’d win it in four games. You might be counting us out but that’s far from the feeling in this room,” explained Maxim Lapierre to the large pack of media surrounding him. “They won the first two games in front of their fans. Now, it’s up to us to and take that first one at home. Then, we’ll take it from there.”

The Canadiens may have boarded their flight back to Montreal empty-handed but Lapierre will have lasting memories of Massachusetts, courtesy of Milan Lucic. The “Bauer” imprint was still visible on the feisty pivot’s forehead after a cross-check from the Bruins’ forward in the final minutes of the contest.

“It’s a playoff face,” grinned Lapierre. “You give some and you take some. Today, I took one.”

And while lumber doesn’t quite offer the same soothing feel as, say, silk, you won’t hear any complaints from No. 40.

“It doesn’t hurt in the playoffs.”