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Familiar Territory

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BOSTON -- If last year’s playoffs proved anything, it’s that the Habs know how to handle do-or-die situations.

After being edged out in double-overtime of Game 5 at TD Garden, the Canadiens may find themselves down 3-2 in their series against the Bruins, but after already overcoming worse odds in their last trip to the postseason, don’t look for the 2011 edition of the Habs to be giving up any time soon.

“It was a hard fought game. I thought we did everything we needed to do, but we can’t change the outcome now,” expressed Carey Price following his 49 save performance over four-and-a-half periods of hockey against the Bruins. “We’ve got our work cut out for us at this point, so we have to refocus and get to it. We haven’t lost yet and we have to come back with the exact same effort next game.”

Part of last season’s push to the Eastern Conference finals that saw the Canadiens stave off elimination five times over the course of two series, Brian Gionta was well aware that while the Bruins may have come out on top in Saturday’s battle, the war has yet to be won.

“No one feels it more than the guys here in this room. We obviously wanted this win, but we still remain confident that we’re a better team, and we have two more games to prove that,” stated the Habs’ captain who was denied by Tim Thomas on one of the Canadiens’ best scoring opportunities in the second overtime after rocketing a one-timer at the Boston netminder.

“As soon as the puck left my stick I though it was going in. But he’s a good goalie and he made a good save on me. Both teams were battling hard tonight, it was tough to get chances and when we did, both goalies played extremely well.”

While the loss may be a tough one to swallow at the moment for fans and players alike, Canadiens’ head-coach Jacques Martin was quick to point out that while his squad may have come out on the wrong end of their tilt against the Bruins, it wasn’t for hack of heart or effort.

“We battled to the end, credit to all the players. Both sides had their chances and both teams fought all the way. We showed a lot of perseverance and determination and all the guys that dressed played hard tonight,” expressed Martin before rapidly changing focus to the task that lies ahead.

“We gave all we had and now we have a few games to recoop and get ready to win one in front of our fans at home. It’s a tough situation, but last year’s experience is going to be a big help in getting us through it.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for

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