Habs notebook - March 15, 2010
Empire State of Mind: Let’s face it, the Big Apple is the Big Apple, but for former Ranger Dominic Moore it will always be more than that.
“It’s always really special to go back to New York since that’s where it all began for me. Madison Square Garden is such an amazing and historic building. New York is still my favorite place to play in the league. It's cool to see the familiar faces that are still with the organization, too. The team has changed a lot since I was there, but I’m still pretty tight with Hank since we broke in together as rookies.”
Dr. Martin’s diagnosis: When pushed to explain why ailing Michael Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron are still not skating with the team yet, head coach Jacques Martin slipped on his stethoscope and gave the good news and the bad news.
“They are both progressing which is the important thing, but they will be staying behind and won’t be making the trip to New York and I don’t see how either of them will be able to join us in Toronto to face the Leafs on Saturday,” explained Martin, who also provided an injury update on Tomas Plekanec who left practice early. “In Tomas’ case, he will check with the doctors today. He will be making the trip and I expect him to be ready to go tomorrow night in New York."
LeBron vs. Ovie: While most hockey fans across the country were tuned in to see Alex Ovechkin get tossed from Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks, the only fouls Scott Gomez was looking for on his big screen were coming from inside the paint.
“I actually didn’t see the Ovechkin hit – I was watching the Cavaliers play the Celtics last night so I missed it. I’ll have to check it out myself later, though; I don’t trust you guys on this one,” laughed Gomez, who wasn’t about to make any predictions about a possible suspension to the league’s leading scorer. ”The NHL does a good job and right now there’s definitely a question floating around about what’s right and what’s wrong but the refs are doing a good job out there.”
Manny Almela and Shauna Denis are a writers for canadiens.com
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