Habs Notebook - April 20, 2009
Wait until the warmup: Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak in goal? Tomas Plekanec back in the lineup? Good questions, but you won’t get your answers until about 6:30 PM tonight, when the Habs take to the ice for the pre-game warmup. That was about all Bob Gainey would divulge after the morning skate.
“The starting goaltender won’t be decided until game-time. Same goes for the rest of the lineup. It’s possible there will be changes,” was all the Canadiens’ head coach would offer.
The seventh man: The Habs are happy to be home and a few players in the team’s locker room have a special request for the 21,273 in attendance tonight.
“It can really get to the other team if they step on the ice to a chorus of boos. At the same time, they can also be rattled by a raucous crowd cheering when the home team comes out,” noted Guillaume Latendresse, who also underlined the importance of the first few minutes of the game. “The fans really need to make their presence felt, regardless of their level of confidence.”
Maxim Lapierre’s mind was right in line with his good buddy and linemate.
“I have a feeling the fans will put the regular season behind them. This is the game that matters. It’s not just a new season for us but for the fans as well,” he observed, still showing the effects of the Milan Lucic crosscheck he endured Saturday night.
Thinking three: Trailing 2-0 heading into tonight’s contest, Josh Gorges has but one number in mind: 3.
“It’s Game 3 and it’s the only one that matters,” he said. “We can’t worry about Games 4, 5, or 6 right now. Our focus has to be on tonight. We’ll concentrate on the next game when this one is over.”
D is for discipline: While the Canadiens won’t have Milan Lucic to worry about come game time, they know the Bruins won’t suddenly become cuddly teddy bears.
“The Bruins play a physical style, even without Lucic,” reminded Georges Laraque. “We have to be more disciplined. The Bruins have been for five periods and 15 minutes, once the game was already decided with their 5-1 lead.”
Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com