Habs Notebook - April 22, 2009
Josh and his cookie duster: With the NHL playoffs now into their second week, the growth on the faces of NHL players everywhere is in full effect. Case in point, Josh Gorges is currently channeling his inner Tom Selleck by sporting an epic mustache.
“I’ve got to admit, I’m liking it and I would like nothing more than to keep it for as long as possible,” said Gorges in admiration of his soup strainer. “We have no intention of backing down tonight. It’s going to be a real battle out there just like the first three games. We don’t have the luxury of playing another day if we lose tonight. It’s now or never.”
Expect no tenderness from Guillaume: Young veteran Guillaume Latendresse knows that if the Habs are going to extend their season, it isn’t going to be pretty.
“We need to come out with the type of intensity we did in Game 3. Throwing as many hits as we did in that first period on Wednesday was tiring but if that’s what it’s going to take we have no choice. Any way you slice it, we have four Game 7s facing us now. Coming back from a 3-0 deficit hasn’t happened often, but it has happened and that’s all that matters to us.”
The youth of a nation: With some of his biggest stars sidelined with injuries in the series, head coach/general manager Bob Gainey has been able to get a glimpse into his crystal ball and the Hall-of-Famer likes what he sees.
“We’re a much younger team with Patrice Brisebois out and some of the young guys in there,” explained Gainey of the three players who have gotten their first taste of postseason action this spring. “This is a great experience for them – they’re seeing great competition at the best time of the year and these are players who will be playing here for years so we should savor this.”
Actions speak loudest: Heading into Game 4, Gainey is taking a less-talk-more-action approach to the contest, setting the table for the Habs to reap what they have sown all season long.
“We had our meeting this morning, so I’ve said pretty much all I will say before the game. There will be no Knute Rockne coming out of me today,” offered the five-time Stanley Cup champion. “We want to play so let’s play; we’ve got another game tonight. We earned our chance to play today and we earned it two weeks ago when we earned the last playoff spot. We deserve to play today and we’re going to play our best.”
Manny Almela and Shauna Denis are writers for canadiens.com.