The notebook - October 14, 2010
Take the power back: While the Canadiens’ penalty kill has been stellar at 88.2% so far in 2010-11, the power play hasn’t been quite as effective. Despite going 0-for-9 to start the season, Michael Cammalleri is convinced it won’t be long before the PP starts producing.
“We all know it’s crucial to our overall success. We actually nullified a few power plays by taking penalties, so maybe a few stats look more lopsided than they are right now,” offered the team’s leading scorer. “I like some of the things we’re doing. We’re close – we had some great chances, in Pittsburgh we had a wide open net, so I think it’s coming. I like what we’re working on and I think in the long run, our power play is going to be really good.”
Waiting in the wings: After watching his crease mate Carey Price get the first three starts of the campaign to date, free agent acquisition Alex Auld is still waiting to make his regular season debut for the Habs. In the meantime, the 29-year-old has no problem being Price’s No. 1 fan.
“For me, it’s just about helping out anyway I can, if it’s offering advice or just keeping things light,” continued the nine-year NHL veteran. “You have to find ways to contribute. I’ve had to sit long stretches in my career before and that’s something I feel comfortable with and I know if I just keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll be ready when my time comes.”
Laperriere makes a comeback: Hearing Brian Gionta introduce his teammates in French as part of the team’s pre-game ceremony in the home opener was something many enjoyed – including the captain himself.
“I didn’t do it for the image, I did it for me. Like I’ve said before, I really want to embrace the culture here,” explained the Rochester, NY native after having a little fun with Maxim Lapierre during the introduction process, changing the St. Leonard native’s last name to Laperriere.
“That’s what happens when you mess around during the day,” said the captain with a grin. “I was doing my homework in the morning and Maxim is the one who ‘helped’ me with the pronunciation.”
“[Travis] Moen is one of those unsung heroes. You can throw him into any situation. He can create offense or play defensively,” revealed Gomez on his new linemate. “I think he can create space out there for Brian and I and he’ll get some chances. That’s what we need. He has a big presence, both on and off the ice.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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