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Habs Notebook: Oct. 24, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Price-d down:  After shedding nearly 30 pounds over the summer, Carey Price dropped a few more this week when he came down with a flu bug.

“I spent three days in bed, it was pretty boring,” explained Price. “But, I’m feeling much better now and with another night’s sleep, I’ll be ready to go.”

Brave blue-liners: Blocked shots were a hot topic in the Habs’ dressing room after practice, with rumors circulating that the league is looking into possibly forbidding players from sliding in order to block a shot. 

“I definitely appreciate it when guys block shots,” said Price.  “I think Mike [Komisarek] blocks as many as I do in game. He’s got the best save percentage on the team.  They say that goaltenders are crazy but I would say that defensemen are even worse!”

It’s all in the technique: For a guy who makes a habit out of getting his body in front of flying pucks, Mike Komisarek doesn’t intend on changing his style, should the aforementioned rule come to fruition.

“I usually put a knee down and try and cover as much space as possible,” said the NHL’s reigning shot blocker and current league leader with 27. “It’s risky to slide with your whole body because you’re taking yourself out of the game.  I use my stick as much as possible and make sure I’m well-positioned.  It’s a part of the game that I work on a lot.”

Heather Engel is a writer for
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