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Habs Notebook - Nov. 4, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL -- In today’s Habs Notebook, how Tomas Plekanec got his groove back, Josh Gorges looks to simplify his life and Maxim Lapierre tightens things up.

Don’t be pushy

Looking for a fresh start this season after an un-Pleky-like season in 2008-09, Tomas Plekanec is back to his old tricks. Tied for the team lead with 14 points already this season, Plekanec is lighting it up again armed with his once-familiar swagger.

“Last year I learned I was pushing things too much and getting frustrated. This year I’m doing the exact opposite; I’m trying to stay in the D zone for longer and then make that quick transition to go play offense. It seems like it’s working.”

The simple life

Like all Habs defensemen this season, Josh Gorges is rolling up his sleeves, attempting to make up for the loss of blue-line anchor Andrei Markov. According to Gorges, the way to make that happen isn’t rocket science.

“Sometimes you have to simplify things and just do your own job and trust that your partner is going to do his. If you’re trying to do someone else’s job, you can forget to handle your own responsibility and leave a guy open,” explained the 25-year-old rearguard. “Sometimes it comes with trying to do too much or overcomplicating things. You can get too excited and you want to make the play by yourself or you want to be the guy who steps up, but all you’re doing is creating chaos and confusing everybody.”

Getting defensive

As the Canadiens get set to take on a Boston squad missing two of its best offensive threats, Maxim Lapierre couldn’t care less who will be suiting up for the black and gold tomorrow night. According to the speedy center, the best offense really is a good defense.

“Savard and Lucic are good players but I think the main thing is to focus on ourselves.  We need to go out and play a good, solid game and we’ll see the results at the end,” explained Lapierre. “We know we have to play better defensively. Yesterday we gave [Atlanta] too many good chances and we’ll have to be tighter in our own zone tomorrow.”

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