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Habs Notebook - April 18, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Like a broken record: All season long, the first question posed to Guy Carbonneau during his daily chats with the local media was who was getting the start in goal. With the playoffs being a whole new season, the question du jour these days is whether or not Saku Koivu will be in the lineup? Here’s how Carbonneau handled his “favorite” question on Friday:

“Saku skated again this morning and he felt good. He even pushed himself a little more today. He is going to skate with his teammates on Saturday morning and then we’ll take it from there. He knows how good he needs to feel in order to play. I’ll have no problem inserting him back into the lineup as soon as he tells me he’s ready.”

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Familiar script: Having raised the Calder Cup along side Carey Price last spring in Hamilton, Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne are hardly losing any sleep over how Price will react in Game 6 in Boston.

“I’m sure he’ll be awesome,” predicted Lapierre. “Last year in Hamilton after a rare tough outing for Carey, he came back even stronger the next game.” 

That bounce-back performance by Price didn’t go unnoticed by O’Byrne, either.

“In the semifinals against the Chicago Wolves, Carey had a mediocre game before stealing a game all on his own the next night,” recalled O’Byrne. “All I can tell you is that he was his usual happy-go-lucky self in the room today and he looks ready to go.”

Lucky No. 6?:
Tomorrow night’s showdown will mark the 11th time a series between the Canadiens and Bruins has gone to at least six games. So far, the Habs boast an 8-2 mark in Game 6 against the Bruins, with Boston having yet to ever force a seventh game versus Montreal when trailing 3-2 in a series. The Canadiens are also coming off consecutive Game 6 wins over the Bruins, having eliminated the Bruins in six in 2002 and having won Game 6 in 2004 en route to their historic comeback from 3-1 down to sink the B’s in seven.

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