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Game # 41 1/6/10 - Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Montreal Canadeins


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:angry: How are we ever expected to top an opening GDT such as this one?????

:lol: 2 thumbs up there 911,I'm just jealous that I've never thought of it first.


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Won't be an easy game, but the Habs can beat the Penguins. Doing so would hopefully give the Habs a bit of confidence that they may be lacking right now.

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Days off are rare during the hockey season and the Canadiens were back at work yesterday. They had a meeting and video session, followed by an hour on the ice, including some high-energy skating for the final 10 minutes.

The holidays weren't kind to the Canadiens, who went 2-5 on the road and then returned home to drop a 4-3 overtime decision to Atlanta.

While road trips are accompanied with talk about bonding and togetherness, Price said he was happy to be back home where the Canadiens will play four of their next five games.

"It's tough," Price said of the seven-game road trip around Christmas. "Everybody's away from their family, so it's nice to get back home, stay here at our practice facility and be able to do all the little things you can't do on the road."

The little things go beyond shopping. With seven games spaced out over 18 days, there's more time to work in practice.

"It's hard, especially for goalies, when you don't have time to work on things like positioning," Price said. "Things like plays around the crease. It could be adjustment of six inches that can make a difference between the puck hitting you and the puck going in off your skate."

Price has lost four in a row and six of his last seven starts and said there's room for improvement.

"I definitely feel I have more to bring," he said. "(But) I feel the exact same way I did for the first 20 games. I'm sure all it will take to get back is a solid period, a solid win."

When asked whether the biggest challenge was physical or mental, he replied: "A bit of both."

"It's always going to be physical as far as the technique and doing things correctly, and mentally you just need to rest yourself. This stretch is a perfect time to do both."

Price refused to use fatigue as an excuse.

"Everybody gets tired at some point," he said. "It's no secret. There are guys in every locker room in the league who get tired. It's these mid-season games, between 30 and 60. You don't see the starting line and you don't see the finish line. These are the times you have to play through."

Price is on pace to play 70-72 games and he said that he may reach a point where he'll need to manage his workload and skip a practice or two, but "I'm not there yet."

Defencemen Roman Hamrlik and Josh Gorges took therapy days yesterday. Hamrlik will be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Canadiens play the Pittsburgh Penguins, but Gorges is day-to-day with a right knee injury.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Time+work+details+Carey+Price+says/4061434/story.html#ixzz1AFePJDS1

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Notes from the morning skate (Arpon Basu, MA Godin, Renaud Lavoie):

Looks as though Eller may sit again for Habs, not skating with anyone during line rushes. Desharnais with Darche and Pouliot

Jacques Martin: Hamrlik not in the lineup tonight. Picard in.

Plekanec is on the point of one of the Habs PP units with Subban, Desharnais centering Cammy and AK46. Interesting thing about Pleks on point is he has similar vision to Markov, and is a defensively responsible forward

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maybe it's a good thing Hammer isn't in? (so slow) don't get me wrong I am a fan!! (trying to look at the positive) let him rest?

wish Eller was playing! :angry:

I wish Eller was playing, too. I'm not sure why Moen and Pyatt are being given the ice time ahead of Eller right now. <_< As for Hamrlik being out, that actually makes me a little nervous. We are going to have P.K., Yannick, and Picard all in the lineup against one of the league's top teams. I sure hope they're ready for the challenge. :unsure:

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