The notebook - October 23, 2010
What pressure?: After being held scoreless in his last four outings, Michael Cammalleri is poised to break out a few of his trademark one-timers on Saturday night. But while the 28-year-old sniper would love nothing more than to put on an offensive clinic against the Sens, he isn’t about to start gripping his Easton any tighter in the meantime.
“It’s part of an offensive guy’s responsibility to produce and provide that. I’ve reflected on it before and in Montreal, our strategy is to share pressure and in that way it’s a feasible thing,” offered Cammalleri. “You try to produce every night and every shift and I just feel that if you keep doing things right, the puck eventually goes in.”
Something to prove: With All-Star defenseman Andrei Markov still shelved with a knee injury, Gatineau native Alexandre Picard has been making the most of his golden opportunity to stay in Montreal on a more permanent basis.
“Right from the start, I’ve recognized that I have to come in here and prove that I belong, show what I can do and earn my spot on the team,” admitted the 24-year-old former Senator. “That’s been my goal since I signed here and my work isn’t finished yet. I’m not taking anything for granted. Markov will be back soon and nothing is for sure so I just have to keep working.”
Back to basics: The Habs may not get to enjoy the comforts of home on Saturday night, but according to Hal Gill, sometimes there’s no place like the road to get back on track.
“We have to make sure as a team that we’re doing the right things. We didn’t do the right things last game and it cost us,” described the veteran blue-liner. “It’s a good opportunity tonight to play a simple road game and to get back to the simple things we do well.”
Wax on, wax off: As Daniel Alfredsson’s coach for the Swedish standout’s first nine NHL seasons, Jacques Martin may have taught the Sens’ captain everything he knows. While Martin was proud to see his former protégé hit the 1000-point milestone on Friday night with a hat-trick in Buffalo, he probably wouldn’t mind seeing Alfredsson wait a little longer to notch number 1,001.
“I think it’s great for Alfie. He’s an outstanding player and an outstanding person,” lauded the Habs’ bench boss. “He represents what this franchise is all about and he’s been an outstanding professional for this organization and also for this city. I don’t think you can ask more of a captain and of an individual. With his work ethic on a daily basis, you know that he’s going to achieve some big milestones.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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