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Notebook - Nov. 12, 2010

Friday, 12.11.2010 / 12:01 PM / News
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Notebook - Nov. 12, 2010
BROSSARD – In today’s notebook, Carey dishes out the props, PK talks low-fives, Darche keeps the good times rolling and the coach is all smiles.

Tightening up: Just 16 games into the season and it looks like the Habs have hit their stride. After racking up his ninth win of the campaign against the Bruins, the team’s starting netminder wants to keep it that way.

“The game we played on Thursday was exactly the same kind of game we played in the playoffs last year,” described Carey Price, who earned his second-straight first-star nod against the Bruins. “We played really tight defensively and they didn’t have a lot of chances. They got some shots, but they weren’t generating great offensive opportunities.”

Celebrate good times, come on!: With Price’s win tally skyrocketing of late, he’s had plenty of time to work on his on-ice celebrations. He’s also had a little help in that department from rookie blue-liner PK Subban, whose habitual post-game triple-low five with the netminder has become a mainstay in the team’s post-game festivities.

The triple-low five
“It’s just a little something we developed over the course of the season. I don’t think it’s a big deal or anything you need to pay attention to – it’s just between Carey and I,” joked the 21-year-old defenseman. “Carey and I are two players who, when we’re playing our best, we’re just having fun out there. To be honest with you, I just kind of started it at the beginning of the season because when I first did it, Carey was like ‘What is that?’ Every time I do it now, he kind of laughs and chuckles and it’s always good to see him smiling and having a good time out there.”
 
Pedal to the metal: Mathieu Darche has been impressed with his team’s play against some of the league’s powerhouses to date, but that doesn’t mean he’s planning to take it easy against the 19th ranked Hurricanes when they come to town.

“The Hurricanes always seem to play well against us,” recalled the veteran winger. “We’ve had a lot of success against teams who are talked about as being the best in the league because we’ve simplified our game. We know Saturday won’t be an easy game. We have to have the same mindset going in regardless of whether we’re playing against a team at the top of the standings or at the bottom.”

All of the above: The success of a team is never about any single element. Watching his squad’s prowess on the power play may have put a smile on Jacques Martin’s face, but that’s not the only thing that has the coach jumping for joy these days. 

Our five-on-five play has been working well,” offered the Habs bench boss. “Look at the two teams we beat this week, the Canucks and the Bruins, and we out-scored both of them at even strength. The one thing that had been bothering me was our power play, except in the last two games. Even if Gomez and Gionta hadn’t scored on those chances, we have three lines who can produce for us.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.


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