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Another day at the office

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – With Thursday night’s game behind them, the Habs got right back to work on Friday morning.

After being held scoreless in their season opener against the Leafs, the Canadiens spent Friday’s practice working on generating offense. Despite outshooting Toronto 14-4 in the first period alone, the Habs snipers couldn’t solve James Reimer and Erik Cole knows that sometimes the best solution can be getting back to basics.

“I think today was more about making sure we’re doing the right things as far as going to the net and getting pucks and bodies to the net,” explained the 6-foot-2 winger. “It could’ve been a different game last night if we could’ve cashed in on one of our opportunities in the first. Those are the breaks and you have to keep moving forward. Sometimes the simplest of plays creates the most offense for you.”

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Josh Gorges isn’t worrying about his team’s lack of scoring in Game 1, but the blue-liner had a similar prescription for creating more scoring chances.

“It was the first game so I think we were still trying to feel each other out last night. In those situations, simple is best,” stressed Gorges, who blocked three shots and fired one of his own on Thursday night. “Try not to overcomplicate things. Especially if things aren’t clicking early you have to just get shots through traffic and that should open up the seams and the holes. If we do that I think we’ll be alright.”

Fellow defensive stalwart Hal Gill saw Thursday’s tilt as a learning opportunity and he was happy to see the lessons learned against the Leafs were already paying dividends on Friday morning.

“I think today was a good day to go out and battle and be stronger on the puck and be stronger doing those little things like getting to the net,” he confirmed. “It didn’t matter how we played last night; I think that was a good practice for us to battle and tomorrow we can smooth things out and get ready to go back to work.”

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