Notebook - Dec. 28, 2011

Wednesday, 28.12.2011 / 4:54 PM / News
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TAMPA – In today’s notebook, Darche won’t look ahead, Cole dismisses Inertia, Cammalleri talks toughness and Carriere moves on down.

One game wining streak: When the Habs snapped a five-game losing streak with a win in Ottawa on Tuesday night, they felt a few thousand tons of pressure lifted off their collective shoulders. Mathieu Darche is hoping to see his team start piling up wins to help vault the Canadiens back into a playoff spot, but he knows that can only happen one game at a time.

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“Obviously guys are relieved a bit but having said that, it’s one win. We’ve had a few of those this year where we win one or two then we go back on a four or five game slump. At this point, we’re not even talking about stringing together wins; we’re talking about the next game,” confirmed the 35-year-old winger. “We have to make sure we keep it going. You can’t talk about winning five in a row until you win one. We won the first and now we can’t worry about winning three until we win the second. We’ll worry about Tampa and then after that, we’ll move on.”

Cole’s Law: The crux of Newton’s Law of Motion is simple: without an external force, a body in motion stays in motion while a body at rest remains at rest. According to Erik Cole, that same theory won’t help the Habs ride their current momentum into Thursday’s game against the Lightning.

“I think it’s more confidence you can carry from one game to another. In a playoff series there are momentum swings that can carry over but really all last night did was get us feeling good about the way we’re playing and what we’re trying to do out there and we can take that into tomorrow night’s game,” explained the 10-year NHL veteran. “It was good that we got scoring from some different areas. We had a power play goal, a short-handed goal and our 5-on-5 play was good – not just because we scored, but because of the types of goals we scored.”

Louis Lionheart: When Habs head coach Randy Cunneyworth shuffled his lines before Tuesday’s game it gave Michael Cammalleri a chance to play with rookie winger Louis Leblanc for the first time. The 20-year-old Montreal native impressed his veteran linemate – and not just because of his two-point performance.

“I thought his compete level last night was exceptional,” effused Cammalleri, who scored a goal of his own off a great shot from Leblanc in the first period. “We haven’t played with him much and we’re still learning. I got a pretty good kick out of him last night because he was in there battling with some big, tough customers and coming off the ice with blood on his nose. It was pretty good – I was impressed with his compete level.”

Eye in the sky: Larry Carriere has spent over two decades in professional hockey, as a general manager, director of player personnel and amateur scout. He recently added NHL assistant coach to his resume and as much as the Montreal native has enjoyed his time in the press box, he prefers the view a little closer to the action.

“At ice level, there’s a lot of emotion there and it’s a lot like being a player,” explained Carriere, who played 367 NHL games with Buffalo, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Atlanta during his career. “I have the good fortune of working with some really good coaches who know their stuff and they’ve made it extremely easy for me to adjust. Everyone brings a little different perspective. I bring the perspective of knowing the league really well and having the opportunity to have worked with young players in their development.”

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.

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