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Habs Notebook - April 15, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
WASHINGTON -- In today’s Habs notebook, Cammy talks game-winners, Gill mentors the newbies and the underdogs show their stuff.

It’s not just the first goal they’re after: A lot of talk has surfaced about the importance of setting the tone in the upcoming series against Washington by scoring the first goal on Thursday night. While getting on the board early would help calm the nerves of Habs fans everywhere, it won’t make any difference to Michael Cammalleri. 

“Sometimes we score first and we lose the game. Sometimes we score first and we win. The beauty of sports is that it’s played on the ice. That’s why we play games all the way to the end,” emphasized Cammalleri.

Experience is overrated … until you have it: With the massive overhaul the Canadiens went through last offseason that saw a new core nucleus added to the mix, the Habs now have plenty of playoff wisdom to call on at this time of year. Counting five Cup rings on the current roster, including 2008-09 champ Hal Gill’s, it isn’t hard to find veteran advice in the Canadiens dressing room these days.

“There are different levels of experience in our room when it comes to the playoffs,” explained Gill. “But we all have something in common: we all know what it will take and what we have to do to be successful.”

Turning the tables: After watching the Avalanche, Senators and Flyers emerge victorious in their respective first games, it looks like the 2010 Playoff theme could be. “The Year of the Underdog”. Despite trailing the Capitals in regular season points by 33 this year, the No. 8 Canadiens realize now more than ever that in the playoffs, it’s anyone’s game.

“The underdogs definitely didn’t have an easy time yesterday, but we saw what can be accomplished when teams come to play,” described Habs blue-liner Josh Gorges. “We know it’s not going to be an easy road for us, but we’ll just have to go out and play our game.”

Alexandre Harvey is a writer for Translated by Shauna Denis.

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