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Habs Notebook - April 24, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Tom Kostopoulos would not elaborate on his latest look.

From the barber shop: The Habs’ first-round win over the Bruins has led to some more creative hairstyling in the Canadiens’ dressing room. On the heels of the buzz-cut craze comes the addition of a shaved line on the side of their heads. But why did Josh Gorges, Francis Bouillon and Tom Kostopoulos do it?

“Hmm, I don’t know if I can say,” said Gorges. “I’ll have to check with TK and Francis to see if they’re ready to spill the beans. Actually, Higgy did something too, but not exactly what we did.”

Kostopoulos wouldn’t fold under questioning, either.

“You’ll have to ask Josh. I just followed his lead,” admitted Kostopoulos. “My wife didn’t mind the shaved head, but she hasn’t seen the line yet. With all of us still staying at the hotel, let’s just say that we haven’t seen much of each other lately.”

Andrei speaks!: Call it a case of playoff fever, but the always soft-spoken Andrei Markov actually spoke to the media on the morning of Game 1 against the Flyers. His primary concern - like armchair Habs GMs and coaches everywhere - is the Canadiens’ power play, which is hardly humming the way it was during the regular season.

“The power play can be better and we know that,” admitted Markov. “We’re looking to keep things simple and get back to what we were doing so well all season.”

Daniel who? Facing Daniel Briere in the second round of the playoffs will not go unnoticed by anyone, least of all Canadiens fans, but that isn’t the case in the Habs’ dressing room.

“Our approach this year has been to focus on what we have to do to be successful,” said Steve Begin. “Sure, we beat the Flyers four times this season and we know what to expect from them, but no matter who we play against, our focus is always on our preparation, not on any one player on the other side.”

Briere-gate: This just in, Daniel Briere did not sign with the Canadiens this past July. Having heard enough about how Briere opted to go to Philadelphia, head coach Guy Carbonneau addressed the issue for what he hopes will be the last time.

“That was back in July and once our training camp began in September that became a non-issue,” said Carbonneau. “It was a decision he made with his family and he obviously had his reasons. He’s happy there and we’re happy here.”

Happy or not, the Bell Centre faithful should have quite the welcome planned for Briere and Carbonneau isn’t expecting fans to ease up on their booing of the Flyers’ centerman.

“We’re all human, but if he’s able to block it out and not let it affect him out there, then that’s good for him.”

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