Scoring five goals in three games so far this month, the Habs may be looking for ways to bolster their offense, but they’re not about to start reinventing the wheel anytime soon. With eight points to start the season, Michael Cammalleri has found a new niche playing set-up artist in the last few games, but the Canadiens’ sniper has no intention of holstering his biggest weapon this year.
“I’d like to see it go in a little bit. I thought that I was part of some offense but I was more the passer in situations tonight,” admitted Cammalleri, who chipped in with an assist on Jaroslav Spacek’s second period marker. “We have to maybe pick up our urgency to bury goals. Part of competing is putting the puck past that goal line; it’s not good enough just to get there.”
That’s something Brian Gionta knows all too well. After going eight games without scoring, the Habs’ captain finally snapped his goalless streak on Saturday night, wiring one past Brian Elliott in the third period. He may have successfully gotten the monkey off the back against the Sens, but Gionta was anything but relieved following the 3-2 loss.
“At the end of the day, we want to win games. When we’re winning, everyone’s happy. This is a tough one to swallow,” admitted Gionta, who led the Habs with 28 goals in 61 games last year. “I just continued the course the way I had been going. Just trying to get in the right spots and trying to make things happen. That’s kind of how you measure it. If you’re not getting the chances, you know you have to change a lot. It’s just a matter of continuing to try to create opportunities and sticking with it.”
Head coach Jacques Martin also realizes that it’s about more than just goals and assists when it comes to developing a winning formula on the ice.
“You have to ask why it’s not working,” underlined the Habs’ bench boss. “Like I’ve said, Gionta has had lots of opportunities. He finished one off tonight, but he’s been getting more scoring chances than anyone lately.
“But it’s not just about scoring goals,” added Martin. “You have to focus more on the process than on the result. We’re concentrating on what we have to do to get there and we’re not getting frustrated when the final result isn’t what we’re looking for.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
Numbers Game - Nov. 6, 2010