Two to grow on
Coming off a four-point night against the Rangers that included a pair of big goals, Michael Cammalleri would have every reason to be loving himself some self. Instead, the Canadiens’ top sniper with 26 goals on the season preferred to warn against the idea of him and his teammates getting too far ahead of themselves.
“I think we’re starting to figure out what we need to do to be at our best and this is hopefully something we can build on, but it is only two games,” said Cammalleri in reference to the Habs’ crucial victories over the Devils and Rangers 24 hours apart.
On pace to be the first Habs player to hit the 40-goal mark since Vincent Damphousse in 1993-94, Cammalleri wouldn’t rule out that the Habs could be onto something good.
“If we could get on a run and ride this wave it would go a long way in helping us get some breathing room in this playoff race,” explained Cammalleri. “That’s easier said than done, though. A few teams have done that well this season, but not many. We’re talking, what, New Jersey, San Jose, Chicago? This is a tough and competitive league, especially this year for some reason when a bunch of teams in the East are up and down.”
While seeing the Habs get hot down the stretch would be just what the doctor ordered for the Canadiens, Cammalleri knows the opposite can also happen if he and his teammates aren’t careful.
“When you start stringing a few wins together, that’s when bad habits can creep back into our team game we need to play to be successful,” warned Cammalleri whose father Leo was on had to see his son earn the game’s No. 1 star. “We need to remember the little things that make us win games. This is no time to get cocky and get full of ourselves. There’s still a long road ahead of us.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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The Numbers Game - Jan. 23, 2010