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Habs Notebook - April 16, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
What’s up Doc?: Although Saku Koivu and Francis Bouillon will not be in the lineup for Game 5, they continue to inch toward returning to action. Bouillon is getting better every day, with the swelling and discomfort in his bruised right ankle improving with each practice. Koivu, meanwhile, had further x-rays done on his fractured left foot on Wednesday morning and while the results were encouraging, there is still no timetable set for the captain’s return.

Ice, ice, baby:
Like any of the 30 previous playoff wars waged between the Habs and Bruins, this year’s first-round encounter hasn’t lacked in the physical department. Having been there himself as a player, Carbonneau knows there are shortcuts to victory in the postseason.

“Whether it’s along the boards or in the corners, our guys are paying the price to win, and that’s what it takes to win in the playoffs,” said Carbonneau. “At this point of the season, the more ice bags you see in the room, the better.”

There’s no stopping Kostopoulos: When free-agent winger Tom Kostopoulos signed with the Habs in July, his new head coach got a crash course in TK 101 from a former Habs coach.

“I didn’t know much about Tom before this season, but my friend Michel Therrien coached him in the minors in Wilkes-Barre and everything he told me about him was true,” recalled Carbonneau. “Tom is an absolute warrior. Even when things got tough for him this season and he wasn’t getting much ice time, he never quit and always had his teammates' backs. As a coach, there’s no need to push him. There is no switch with Tom, because it’s always on. He doesn’t know how to play any other way. He’s just the type of player I like.”

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