Notebook - Nov. 19, 2010
Saved by a hair: When Jaroslav Spacek flew into the boards face-first last night against the Predators, Habs fans all likely held their collective breath, but luckily for the Czech blue-liner, he was well protected.
“It was a good thing that I was wearing a visor. Only my forehead absorbed the hit and I’m glad I’m fine and that I’ll be ready to go tomorrow,” explained a relieved Spacek before revealing his furry secret weapon. “I almost lost my moustache there! Let’s just say I was happy to find my moustache and my visor in the right place after that.”
Nothing hampering Halpern: Only a few days removed from being dazed by a questionable hit courtesy of the Flyers’ Darroll Powe on Tuesday night, Jeff Halpern surprised many by being back at his post the very next game.
“I remembered the play clearly but only felt woozy afterwards. Actually the bump on my head is pretty small, it’s my cheek that caused me more of an issue,” admitted Halpern, who crashed into the glass face-first before his head struck the ice following the hit. “I felt fine in the morning, which is always really important and a good sign. Playing last night wasn’t a problem, either.”
Weber’s wait: Yannick Weber is happy to be in Montreal and the young defenseman is crossing his fingers that he won’t be heading back to Hamilton anytime soon.
“I just got here and I haven’t really had the chance to speak to the coaching staff. If they give me a chance in two games or in a week or whenever, I’ll be ready,” vowed Weber, who was tearing up the AHL with eight goals in only 15 games with the Bulldogs. “I’m feeling confident right now and I’ve been playing well. I’m here now and I’d like to keep it that way.”
Never just another game: Born and raised in Toronto, Michael Cammalleri didn’t have to be reminded that the Leafs were coming to town this weekend or that he was forced to sit out the first time the teams met in October.
“Facing the Leafs will always be special to me and that won’t change,” said Cammalleri, who missed the Habs’ season-opening loss to Toronto serving a one-game suspension. “Hopefully by playing against them more often, facing the Leafs will become more of a business day for me where I’m just getting ready for work. We face them a total of six times this year so we’ll see.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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