In the Notebook - Nov. 25, 2010
Coaching 101: Over the last few days, Jacques Martin has demonstrated his skills as a coach, taking a team that floundered Monday night and helping them bounce back for a convincing win against the Kings. Before departing for Atlanta with the team, Martin took a moment to discuss his relationship with his players.
“One of the most important things I can do as a coach is to show the guys that the best thing they can do is motivate themselves and make sure they pick the right battles,” explained the Canadiens’ coach. “It takes a bit of time to develop a good relationship with your players. You have you be yourself while letting the players know they can be themselves too.”
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“We’re the kind of group of guys that likes to talk about our performances after games, between games and between periods. It keeps us focused on what we’re trying to accomplish. It’s what motivates us to come out playing hard and win hockey games,” said Spacek, who also noted that this year’s Canadiens squad reminds him a lot of the 2007-07 Sabres team he was a part of when they reached the conference finals.
“Every time we went up against a team, we saw a little bit of fear in our opponents. We would manage to pull off ugly wins sometimes, but at the end of the night, we were the ones outscoring the other team and had a goalie we knew would be solid for us, just like we do now”
Game #2: Friday night in Atlanta, Alex Auld will find himself between the pipes for the Canadiens for only the second time since the beginning of the season. For a goalie who’s only played one out of 22 games this year, Auld appeared confident, cool and collected as he fielded questions from the media before boarding the team’s charter to Atlanta. He will go into Friday night’s game with a win percentage of 100%.
“Atlanta’s hot right now – they’ve got a lot of guys going. We’ve risen to the challenge of every really good team that we’ve played so far this year, and we’ll do the same thing against the Thrashers,” said Auld on his team’s recent performance. “I take a lot of confidence from the fact that I prepare the same way everyday. I haven’t played in a while so the best thing to do in a situation like this is to keep my game as simple as possible.”
When asked about the possibility of him earning an increased workload in the future, Auld’s answer was simple.
“I’m not looking at the future, that kind of thing is only a distraction. All I know is that I’m playing tomorrow night and that’s all I care about.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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