Habs Notebook - March 26, 2010
Crystal ball gazing: With the finish line in sight and the Habs currently sitting pretty in the sixth spot in the east, Saturday night’s game against the Devils could end up being a preview of a potential first-round match-up in a few weeks. Just don’t tell that to Jacques Martin.
“I’ve learned over the years that any time you play the Devils, you have to really look at them and be ready,” mused the Habs’ bench boss. “And no matter who’s coaching them, they always have that system where they’re sticky and tough and they have a lot of depth. They’re the kind of team that will bring out the best in you. We’ve had some good games against them this year and tomorrow will be a good test for our team.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that: Mathieu Darche may have watched Thursday’s win wearing a suit from high above the Bell Centre ice, but the veteran winger has no intention of making not requiring a shower after a game a habit.
“If you ask me, if a player gets scratched and it doesn’t bother him to be watching the game from the pressbox, that’s when it’s time to worry,” explained Darche. “Sure two months ago I was still in Hamilton and now I’m here, but that doesn’t mean I want to be in the lineup any less. We have something on the dressing room wall with the Bulldogs that just says ‘Want More’ and that’s exactly how I feel. I’m not just happy to simply be here. I want to contribute and help the team win.”
Serenity now: This season isn’t going the way Carey Price had hoped, but in his usual down to earth fashion, the young Habs goalie continues to soldier on. Price also knows full-well where he gets his trademark composure from.
“The person who’s helping me the most right now is probably my dad. He’s a really down-to-earth kind of guy and I owe him a lot,” confided Price. “His experience playing pro as a goalie has really helped him give me good advice and give me a boost. He knows the deal. He’s always there to help me through the hard times.
“I’d say this year, in terms of luck, I’m still waiting on that royal straight flush,” joked the smiling netminder.
Shauna Denis and Manny Almela are writers for canadiens.com.
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