Following a short practice and a team meeting on the morning of their fourth against the Bruins, the Habs took a moment to talk about keeping their emotions in check, getting back to strong starts and some possible lineup changes for Thursday night’s game.
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“What we want tonight is to make sure that we stay even and focused and not have our emotions get too high or too low,” added the veteran defenseman who has total of nine blocked shots to date in his team’s series against the Bruins. “They’re going to come out with a lot of energy and try to build on their win and we have to make that hard for them by starting off as well as we possibly can.”
One boost the Canadiens are hoping to get is the return of Jeff Halpern to their lineup when the puck drops at 7:00 p.m. After being sidelined for seven games with a lower-body injury, Halpern could make his playoff debut with the Habs in Game 4.
“There’s a pretty good chance that Jeff will be in the lineup tonight. When you look back at the experience and leadership that he’s brought to the team this year, we know that he’ll be a big help to us,” expressed head-coach, Jacques Martin on the status of the Habs’ faceoff specialist. “
“When it comes to faceoffs, Eller being a left and Halpern being a right while playing together should allow us to use their strengths on the ice in the right situations.”
One positive that the Canadiens will be looking to take away from their Monday night loss, is a strong third-period finish that almost saw them climb back from a 3-0 deficit in the game. But as Habs sniper Michael Cammlleri was quick to point out, performing well for one period is no way to win a playoff game.
“We played better and did some things well in the third period, but we could have made things a lot easier for ourselves by getting off to a better start. We want to get back to the style of play we had on the road that basically comes down to not making a lot of mistakes and limiting their chances,” mentioned Cammalleri who has been a major offensive catalyst for the Habs in their series against the Bruins, posting four points in their last two games.
“Having a series at 2-2 or 3-1 sound like very different stories, but worrying about what those implications are does us no good. We just need to stay focused on the present. No one can predict what’s going to happen – that’s why we’re fans of sport, because you really can’t call the outcome and every game is different. As a fan of the game, the first round has been tremendous all around the league.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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