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Habs Notebook - March 3, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
In today's Habs Notebook, Brisebois is a soon-to-be milestone man, Tanguay is thinking green and find out what is Halak's current liquid of choice.

Big moment for Breezer

While he was 96 games away from the millennium mark when Bob Gainey signed him back in the summer of 2007, Patrice Brisebois is now just two appearances shy of his 1,000th career game.  Expected to hit the milestone this Friday in Atlanta, the 38-year-old defenseman is proud to be on the verge of adding a fourth digit to his NHL game totals.

“It took me 18 years to get here but it was worth it,” said Brisebois, who has 16 points in 51 games this season. “It was always a goal of mine and I always believed I would get there.”

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel

Out of action since the end of December, Alex Tanguay’s imminent return could come this Friday against the Thrashers.

“I definitely won’t be playing against Buffalo on Wednesday but I’m really hoping to be back on Friday,” said the winger, sidelined since Dec. 30. “The doctors want me to get in a few more practices to test my shoulder before I suit up for a game. They told me that 95% of players don’t need an operation to recover from this type of injury. I hope I’m a part of that group.”

Some Benylin in that Molson Cup?

After leading the Canadiens to four straight wins in as many starts, Jaroslav Halak missed practice for a second straight day on Tuesday. While it’s not yet certain if he’ll accompany the team on its charter to Buffalo, Halak, who was still contagious on Monday, could find himself with some special company on the flight.

“If he’s well enough to make the trip to Buffalo, we’ll sit him with the media,” joked head coach Guy Carbonneau. “We asked him to come to the practice facility at 1:00 PM so he could be re-evaluated. If he’s still contagious, he’ll join us in Atlanta. Given that he hasn’t been on the ice since Saturday, Carey will probably get the start, but we’ll see how Jaro feels Wednesday morning.”

Heather Engel is a writer for

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