New month, new goals
BROSSARD – The Habs are looking to grow their win streak and their mustaches over the month of November.
Catching a break: After a stretch of four games in six days, the Habs kick off November on a quieter note. Riding a three game winning streak, the team enjoyed two days away from the rink before returning to make sure the week leading up to Friday’s tilt with the Senators gets well spent.
“You can look at this break both ways. It could be a chance for us to get some rest, heal up and work on some things, or you could also see it as being too long,” mentioned Hal Gill of the team’s five-day hiatus from action. “Either way, we have to plan out our time the right way, make the most of it, and be ready to go.
“It was great to win the three games and get back on track, but at the same time, three games ago, we were pretty low, so it’s fine to feel good about ourselves now, but I also think we all remember what it felt like three games ago,” added the veteran defenseman who accounted for five of his team’s 29 blocked shots against the Bruins on Saturday night . “We know what we have to do to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
Gill Movember mustache: Confirmed.
Thinking D: With the arrival of Petteri Nokelainen and Mike Blunden’s call-up from Hamilton, the Habs’ two newest faces have joined Mathieu Darcheon the fourth line focused on fulfilling its defensive mandate.
“I’m really happy to be getting the chance to play with these two guys,” expressed Mathieu Darche of the team’s recent additions. “They both have a north-south style of play, and so do I. It’s whenever I try playing east-west that I get into trouble. Noke is great in the faceoff circle and Mike’s a big hitter.
“We feel like the coach has confidence in us. For the last two games he’s given us ice time, even when there was no goalie,” continued Darche on his line being primarily used in the third period in both Boston match-ups. “That’s why we were a little frustrated when we allowed a goal in the last game. We take pride in our defensive capabilities. We may not be the ones scoring the most goals, but we’ll be solid defensively. I think we work well as a fourth line.”
Darche Movember mustache: Confirmed.
Batting .500: With a record of 4-5-2 under their belts, the Habs plan to use the five-day lull in their schedule to focus on hitting the .500 mark, so they then focus on moving past it.
“We feel like we’re accomplishing something; like we’re in the process of making up ground. But we still have a record below .500. We want to get past that barrier and keep building from there,” said Carey Price, the NHL’s first star of the week.
“I might have been the league’s first star for last week, but what really matters is that I keep it going and have another good performance this week. In the same way we can’t focus on our low points, but we can’t focus on our high ones either. It’s moving forward that counts.”
Price Movember mustache: Confirmed.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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