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Cammalleri Says Habs Have an Opportunity

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The Canadiens Mike Cammalleri leads the series between Montreal and Boston with seven points off two goals and five assists in four games, but on Saturday nobody seemed to be asking about the forward's intrepid performance through the first four games.

Mike Cammalleri #13 celebrates a goal with Brent Sopel #55 of the Montreal Canadiens in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins
Instead, after morning skate, Cammalleri spoke of the aftermath of the Habs 5-4 overtime loss to the Bruins on Thursday night.

He explained that "no feeling of devastation" around the Habs, but he did say that the Habs had meeting.

"It was pretty functional a meeting, just looking at the adjustments we need to make, where we can be better and acknowledging those things in preparation for tonight," he said.

Cammalleri's one line verdict: "I don't think we executed as well as we could have at the end of last game and they did."

Most of the players who spoke on Saturday morning were queried about the lack of a home team win during the first round playoff match-up.

More specifically, the left wing was asked if there was a tendency for home-standing teams to try and "put on a show."

"I don't know the psychology behind that or what it might be, but I think more so than that -- and you see it around the league, especially this year in the playoffs -- is generally the team with the lead ends up chasing the team that's coming from behind and the team that's coming from behind usually finds a way to gather some momentum and create some chances," said Cammalleri.

"So, I think the big challenge for all of us is to try, when you get those leads, to pursue and play a smart, but aggressive, game."

The Habs did just that in Game 1 and 2, and Cammalleri said they'll try and do the same in Game 5.

"We've acknowledged what happened and what took place [in Game 4]," said Cammalleri. "We've seen it on video and it's pretty evident to everybody.

"So, I guess the thought is that it won't happen again and if it does it will be blatantly obvious what is going on."

Meanwhile, Cammalleri emphasized that the Habs have a big opportunity in Boston and with a win the Canadiens could close out the Bruins on Tuesday night in the Bell Centre.

"We realize what's taken place so far in this series, but we also realize where we are," said the forward.

"Maybe playing in Montreal kind of prepares you for that sort of thing, just because things change so quickly.

"[But] you win here tonight and what an opportunity."
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