Habs notebook - March 9, 2010
About an hour before the rest of their teammates hit the ice for their pre-game skate, Michael Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron were out taking a few strides of their own. It was the fifth time on skates for Bergeron since the sharp-shooting defenseman went down with an injury on February 4, who was joined by Cammalleri for just the second time since suffering a knee injury at the end of January.
“To see them skating like that is very encouraging,” admitted Habs coach Jacques Martin, who is hoping to have his top sniper back in the lineup by mid-March. “They’re not ready to practice with the rest of the team just yet, but it’s still a good sign. The goal is to have them back for the Toronto game, but we’ll have to wait and see how things progress between then and now.”
Mickey keeps Metro game-ready
For the players not donning their home country’s colors during the Olympic Games, the break brought on some much-needed time to rest and regenerate. While some of the Habs traveled south to soak up some sun during their time off, they weren’t about to skip out on any workouts.
“I felt like I was in good shape leading up to the Olympics, but it sure felt good to get a little rest. Walking what felt like 10 miles a day at Walt Disney World with your kids is a perfect way to stay in shape,” laughed Glen Metropolit, who believes the Habs are ready to go for the homestretch. “Right now, every game, every period and every shift is crucial and we all know it.”
Renowned thorns in the Canadiens side, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis hardly have anyone on the Habs’ blue line shaking in their skates.
“We just need to keep things simple. We know that great players make great plays. It all comes down to limiting their time and space out on the ice and forcing them into making tough plays,” said Josh Gorges who will have his hands full slowing down the Lightning’s explosive offense. “We need to play physical, hit them every chance we get and keep the pressure on them. We can’t let them have any easy plays.”
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis and Manny Almela.
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