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Habs notebook - April 1, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD --In today’s Habs notebook, Price has 20 new No.1 fans, Cammalleri explains the inexplicable and Gill presents his recipe for success.

Price watching: It was Carey Price Day in the Habs dressing room on Thursday, with the young goalie’s teammates doing everything but write poems in his honor to show their appreciation for his unrewarded performances of late.

“Carey works really hard in practices and he was so good last night, it was really unfortunate that he didn’t get the two points at the end of the game,” professed Maxim Lapierre on Price’s 27-save performance that earned him third-star honors against Carolina on Wednesday night. “He’s a player that everyone in here really appreciates and we’re all behind him, that’s for sure.”

The exception, not the rule: While Michael Cammalleri is still leading the Habs in goals with 26 markers despite missing seven weeks rehabbing a knee injury, the speedy sniper isn’t one to sit back and rest on his laurels. Still searching for his first goal since his return to action on March 24, Cammy is gearing up to turn his current slump into a scoring streak to close out the campaign.

“Hockey is a team game. Things change really quickly in this sport and I consider our recent dip in offensive production to be a total anomaly. I know it may seem a little crazy, but there’s no real explanation for it,” offered Cammalleri. “I just hope that in a few days, you won’t be asking me that question anymore. I don’t know when it’s going to get going again, but it will get going.”

Intensity 101: He may not have been wearing a tweed blazer with suede elbow patches, but Professor Hal Gill took a moment to ruminate about his team’s apparent lack of intensity.

“Intensity is a funny word,” began Gill, who wasn’t twirling a pair spectacles in his hand as he spoke. “Some see a drop in intensity as a desire to not perform. I think we’ve lost some intensity just because we’ve strayed from our system of late – our system that made us successful this season. I find sometimes we work hard instead of working smart.”

The Habs’ actual teacher also weighed in on what his team has to do now that it finds itself tied with the Flyers at 82 points with only five games left to play.

“It’s important to understand that this is a pivotal game,” explained head coach Jacques Martin, just before announcing that the injured Sergei Kostitsyn is day-to-day and would not be making the trip to Philly. “This is the last time we’ll face a team we’re battling directly with for a playoff spot and this is a golden opportunity to grab two points from them.”

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