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Habs Notebook - Oct. 27, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - In today’s Habs Notebook, how Brian Gionta got defensive, what Jaroslav Spacek does to say healthy and what heading back “home” to Pittsburgh means to Hal Gill.

Mr. Versatility

At the tail-end of practice on Tuesday, Brian Gionta kept himself busy by deflecting point shots fired by Jaroslav Spacek. So there's Spacek shooting away and a few shots sailed wide of the net. Jokingly unimpressed, Gionta shot a puck at the Czech defenseman. The pair then switched roles and Gionta tried his hand at shooting from the blue line, much to delight of those looking on from the ice and the pressbox.

"I think it's important to have a little fun. This is a game after all and it's good to enjoy yourself when you come to the rink every day," explained Gionta. "Those are the types of little things that show how much we love the game and bring us closer as a group."

Spacek or germaphobe?

With Glen Metropolit battling a cold and still making the trip to Pittsburgh, the Canadiens dressing room wants no part of Metro's phlegm. Chief among those is Dr. Jaroslav Spacek who has no interest in getting sick.

"The best way to keep healthy is to stay away from each other, but that's next to impossible on any hockey team!" shrugged Spacek. "We should be fine, though. We do have hand sanitizer dispensers all over the place here."

Steeltown reunion

Poised to face his former Penguins teammates since winning the Stanley Cup with them before signing a two-year with the Habs this summer, Hal Gill knows exactly what to expect from the high-flying Pens.

"Crosby and Malkin are different types of players with unique styles that are tough to counter," admitted Gill. "Let's just say that my game is an open book! But seriously, we need to support each other against a team like this and we can't get into one-on-one battles with these guys. We'll have to depend on each other out there."

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Manny Almela.

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