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Cammalleri says confidence isn't wavering

By Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Cammalleri says confidence isn't wavering
Montreal's Mike Cammalleri says he and his teammates are still confident despite not scoring in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals.
PHILADELPHIA -- Some people in Montreal may be panicking after the Canadiens were shut out again by the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, but forward Mike Cammalleri seemed as confident as ever following a 3-0 loss in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Cammalleri, who had a couple of Grade-A chances that were denied by Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton, has a total of five shots in goal through the first two games of this best-of-7 series. His team has failed to score and is 0-for-8 on the power play, but he swears his confidence is not wavering as the series shifts to Montreal for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Cammalleri spoke with the media after his team's latest loss.

Q: How good has Michael Leighton been in these first two games? Are you surprised by how he's played?

Cammalleri: "He's stopped everything so far. He's been great. I don't know whether it's a surprise or not. I'm kind of the belief you could always do a little more to put the puck in the net. But whenever a goalie has back-to-back shutouts, he's doing something right."

Q: Do you feel you guys are generating enough chances?

Cammalleri: "We probably generated more than them tonight. That's sports, man. That's how it goes. Sometimes they don't go in like you'd like them to. But we live to fight another day."

Q: You guys clearly outplayed in the first period and were outshooting them 2-to-1. Are you creating enough traffic in front of Leighton?

Cammalleri: "He's played well for them and they've done some things well. I'm not going to say they haven't. Tonight, I thought we did a lot better job. I thought we were pretty good. We created some good chances and had some Grade-A type scoring chances where we'd like to finish. I don't know really what else to say about that. We just keep going here and get 'em at home."

Q: Do you really start the heat on you now that you're down 2-0?

Cammalleri
: "Nah … that's sports. That's how it goes, man. You win, you lose, you keep going and see what happens at the end of the day. I don't feel that way. I don't feel the heat. It's time to go home and play a hockey game and see what happens."

Q: What do you do to not get too frustrated when you're getting so many chances and not burying them?

Cammalleri: "I don't really feel frustrated. I don't think we do as a group. It's sports. Anybody that's played sports at a high level, that's how it goes. It goes your way sometimes, sometimes it doesn't. You just keep working and you keep getting better. Things change quickly. It is what it is. It's not the end of the world. It just means we've got to go home and win a couple of games."

Q: Are you encouraged by the number of chances you had personally tonight?

Cammalleri: "Yeah. I must have had five or six shots. I felt I got tons of chances tonight, and some really good ones. I'm happy when I'm getting the chances. I know that means they'll be going in."

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