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Habs Notebook - March 19, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Say cheese!: The Canadiens were on the ice a little earlier than usual on Wednesday morning, but there wasn’t a puck in sight. The second team photo of the 2007-08 season was snapped by longtime team photographer Bob Fisher. The shot was the first of its kind for rookies Sergei Kostitsyn, Ryan O’Byrne and Mikhail Grabovski. 

Put me in, coach:
Zdeno Chara is expected to make his return to the Bruins lineup on Thursday night and his usual antagonist Steve Begin would like nothing more than to be at his grating best against the giant defenseman. Out since February 29 with a groin injury, Begin is itching to be back at his post against Boston.

“I don’t know yet if I’ll be playing, but I’m good to go,” vowed Begin. “When they’ll call on me, I’ll be ready to push the pedal to the medal. Physical games like the ones we always have against the Bruins are my favorite.”

Hold your horses, Steve: While encouraged by Steve Begin’s progress following an intense morning of practice, Guy Carbonneau isn’t quite ready to pencil No. 22 back into his lineup on Thursday against the Bruins.

“Steve skated really hard today which is a good sign, but the question is how he will feel tomorrow,” said Carbonneau regarding Begin’s nagging groin injury that has already cost him 10 games.

Pricey proposition: After having the best seat in the house in the last two games right next to the Canadiens bench, Carey Price will be back between the pipes Thursday night in Beantown.

“Guy told me even before last night’s game that I was getting the start on Thursday. The Bruins have a solid team and are battling for playoff spot. It won’t be an easy game.”

What about me, guys?: As a result of the offensive bonanzas the Canadiens have enjoyed on their way to posting a perfect 6-0 mark against the Bruins this season, the Habs have padded their stats against Boston, to say the least. Tomas Plekanec and Mark Streit lead the way with nine points in six games and every player in Carbonneau’s lineup but one had picked up at least one point against the B’s in 2007-08. Will Thursday mark the night Francis Bouillon finally sinks his teeth into the Bruins? Stay tuned…

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