BOSTON - In today’s Habs Notebook, find out who enjoyed a treat Thursday night, where Kovalev has a soft spot and who has a secret.
Welcome addition: Accustomed to a defensive role since the start of his career, Glen Metropolit was like a kid in a candy store when Bob Gainey added Alex Tanguay to his right, to complete his unit with Christopher Higgins.
“I definitely wasn’t expecting to play with Alex,” admitted the veteran center, who earned his first postseason assist on Thursday night. “He’s such a talented player. We had a good game and had a lot of good chances throughout the night. Regardless of what number you want to give our line, two, three or four, the fact is it’s playoff hockey and everyone has to contribute.”
Kovy’s Korner: For a second straight game against the Canadiens, Tim Thomas found out the hard way that Alex Kovalev can put the puck anywhere. Whether the opening is no bigger than a dime or the puck’s path resembled that of a Tim Wakefield knuckleball, Kovalev has his hideaway, and it can be found in that tiny top corner.
“The puck was bouncing around but it slowed down a bit before it wound up on my stick,” explained Kovalev of his second period marker. “The timing was there; I just took the shot. I know where the net is, so all I had to do was put the puck in my favorite spot.” The glass is half full: With 98 playoff games under his belt, Patrice Brisebois has seen it all – snow, rain, hail, you name it. So, while the Canadiens dropped their playoff opener against the Bruins, the veteran defenseman opted to focus on the positive.
“Despite being down by two goals, we didn’t back down. Instead, we came back,” noted Brisebois, who is facing Boston for the sixth time in his postseason career. “We need to be more disciplined and force the play more in the neutral zone and in their end. We know what we have to do but I can’t tell you. It’s a secret.”