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Habs' Cammalleri, Bergeron cleared to play

Tuesday, 03.23.2010 / 2:45 PM / NHL Insider

By John McGourty - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Montreal Canadiens' power play, already second-best in the NHL, got a shot in the arm Tuesday when injured players Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron were cleared to play Wednesday against the Sabres in Buffalo.

The good news followed the report that right wing Travis Moen, who suffered a 50-stitch forehead gash in Monday's loss to the Ottawa Senators, will not travel with the team to Buffalo.

Cammalleri has missed the past 17 games with a right-knee injury. Bergeron missed 15 games with a lower-body injury.

Bergeron (6) and Cammalleri (4) have scored 10 of Montreal's 53 power-play goals this season. Bergeron has 14 power-play assists for 20 points, second on the team in both categories. Cammalleri has 11 power-play assists for 15 points, fourth in both categories.

The Canadiens have scored on 22.8 percent of their 232 power-play opportunities but the success percentage has been falling in recent weeks. They were at 23.5 percent efficiency only a week ago.

Since then, the Canadiens have scored only three power-play goals in their past 25 attempts over five games, a 12 percent success rate. Buffalo is second-best at killing penalties and the Canadiens rank only 23rd in 5-on-5 goal scoring so an effective power play will be key to the Canadiens' hopes of victory.

"We miss Bergeron's big shot. Most good power plays have the threat of someone at the point who can pound the puck at the net. When you have that, it opens up space and creates second and third opportunities."
-- Canadiens assistant coach Perry Pearn

"What makes our power play successful is our depth," Canadiens assistant coach Perry Pearn told NHL.com recently. "We have two good units. You have to have talent to be successful. We don't have a 40-goal scorer but we have a lot of guys that are good at finishing. We have 12 players with power-play goals. We have missed Marc-Andre Bergeron and Mike Cammalleri.

"We miss Bergeron's big shot. Most good power plays have the threat of someone at the point who can pound the puck at the net. When you have that, it opens up space and creates second and third opportunities."

Bergeron, 29, signed as a free agent last summer. He has 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 51 games and is minus-11. He practiced on the third line Tuesday with center Glen Metropolit and right wing Maxim Lapierre. Bergeron also plays the left point on the power play.

Cammalleri, 27, also signed as a free agent last summer. He has 26 goals and 22 assists for 48 points in 56 games. He practiced on the second line Tuesday morning with center Tomas Plekanec and right wing Andrei Kostitsyn. Cammalleri is second on the Canadiens with a plus-10 rating.

Both Bergeron and Cammalleri have four game-winning goals this season.

Moen was injured Tuesday when he checked Ottawa forward Matt Cullen along the right boards at 10:41 of the second period. Cullen fell and his skate clipped Moen in the forehead.

I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday