MONTREAL -- The Habs get set to put it all on the line as they prepare to face the Bruins and the possibility of elimination in Game 6 at the Bell Centre.
Hours away from their first must-win game of the 2011 playoffs, the Habs will be hoping to recapture some of last year’s success when it came to suiting up for must-win matchups. They may, however, be forced to do it without the services of James Wisniewski and David Desharnais
who head-coach Jacques Martin listed as being game-time decisions come Tuesday night.
“We’ve been without key players at a lot of points in the season and it won’t be the first time we’ve had to deal with something like this,” pointed out Lars Eller
following the Habs’ morning skate. The rookie, playing in his sixth career playoff game, logged an assist on the Habs’ only goal in their Saturday night 2-1 double-overtime loss at the TD Garden.
“We unfortunately haven’t been able to capitalize on all the scoring chances we created to this point, but if we keep doing the things we’ve been doing, I know things will start to go our way. It’s the time for everyone to look in the mirror and visualize the way they want to play and the things that they want to go out there and accomplish.”Ryan White
, another Habs’ rookie enjoying his first foray into the NHL postseason will be looking to take a cue from some of the Canadiens’ veterans who battled through similar circumstances with the team in 2010.
“Leadership in this room has always been huge and the feeling in here right now is that everyone understands this is something we can do,” promised White, who has stood out as one of the Habs most consistent physical presences against the Bruins in their first-round series, posting 21 hits over five games.
“The games have all been really close and the last two could have very easily gone our way. As much as that momentum carries over, it’s a new day today and we want to get this win tonight here in Montreal with everyone behind us.”
Michael Cammalleri, who currently leads the team with seven postseason points, made it clear that while he hopes his rookie teammates can take something away from the Habs veterans when it comes to dealing with high-pressure games, it’s a dynamic that works both ways.
“In a team dynamic like this, you get the younger guys looking over to see what the older guys are doing and maybe they can find some comfort in watching and following, and at the same time the older guys can get inspiration from the younger guys and the effort they’re able to put forth. It’s really a relationship where one feeds off the other,” explained the Habs’ sniper.
“The best thing you can do when going into an elimination game, especially one where the other team isn’t facing elimination too, is to go in with that kind of liberating feeling that lets you just go out there play the best hockey you can and let the chips fall where they may.”Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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