MONTREAL – Here’s what the already-eliminated Senators had to say after edging the Habs 3-2 at the Bell Centre on Monday night.
Heatley: a closet Habs fan?
While he may have been quiet for most of the night, 38 seconds was all Dany Heatley needed to notch both the game-tying and game-winning goals midway through the third period. After scoring seven of his team-leading 37 goals against the Habs this year, it’s no wonder “Heater” has warmed up to the Bell Centre crowd.
“I’d have to check the record books to know if that was the fastest I’ve ever scored two goals. It’s great to play here – there’s always a great atmosphere here and it’s just as fun when they come play us in our building. I love playing them.” Clouston counts the minutes
Though most coaches preach the value of taking things one game, one period and one shift at a time, Ottawa bench boss Cory Clouston is clearly from a very different school of thought. While the Sens still have three more games left before they close the books on the 2008-09 season that wasn’t, Clouston has already started his 183-day countdown for next year’s season-opener.
“All we’re trying to do now is create momentum for the offseason and move forward and that’s what we’ve been doing. I keep repeating myself, but to the people who say we’re lacking character I’d say that’s the least of my concerns. Our guys have always had that character, they just needed an opportunity to show it.” Fisher pats the Sens on the back
While the only postseason action Mike Fisher will enjoy this spring will be from the comfort of his home, like his coach, the gritty center has found plenty of positives from Monday’s game to comfort him this offseason.
“They got the goal to take the lead with a few seconds left in the second period but we battled back and kept pushing. We cycled the puck well, shot well and I thought we took advantage of their D pretty well tonight.” Shauna Denis is a writer for Canadiens.comRead also:
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