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Habs Notebook - March 30

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
In today's Habs notebook, Gill breaks down his playoff theorem, Spacek gets serious and Pouliot returns to his bff's.

Playoff-ology: Coming off a Stanley Cup run with the Penguins last spring, Hal Gill knows how to get it done. Rule No. 1: Getting ahead of yourself is not an option.

"When you get to the playoffs, you never feel at your best or dominant. If you feel like you great, that's when you have do more," warned Gill. "Even after a win, it's good to look back at things that can be improved. The only time you're really on top is when you lift that Cup."

Jaro or Yoda: There are some players in the Habs' dressing room with next to no playoff pedigree and then there's Jaroslav Spacek, who is in his leadership element these days.  

"I don't want to necessarily be the one to do all the talking, but I want all of our guys to be ready and have the right attitude and that comes from the veterans," admitted Spacek. "We need to play a simple game and play with heart. If we do that, the young guys will get the experience they need."

Musical chairs, anyone?:
A day after skating on the fourth line at practice, Benoit Pouliot was back alongside Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta.  

"The coach didn't do that for nothing," said Pouliot. "Maybe it can get me going and I can help the team win. Even if it's hard to take, the coach just wants the best out of you. I think that's a positive thing. It's all about making the best of it and coming out stronger from it."

Shouldering the burden: Fearing the worst about his shoulder injury suffered against the Devils, Glen Metropolit got the official word on his status on Tuesday.

“Glen will be out for the rest of the regular season,” confirmed had coach Jacques Martin. “He has more tests to undergo which will give us a better idea, but he’s definitely out for the next two weeks.”

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Manny Almela.

See also:
The playoff race
The plays of the week
Pyatt vs. Pyatt 
Shuffling the deck 
Habs this week – March 29, 2010 
The power within 
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