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Habs notebook : October 2, 2008

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Share and share alike: Suiting up on a line together for the first time on Wednesday night, Alex Tanguay and Saku Koivu have no intention of fighting over the puck this season alongside fellow linemate Christopher Higgins.

“I like making quick passes,” admitted Tanguay after suiting up in front of his new home crowd for the first time. “I’m not the kind of player who likes to hang on to the puck forever. Saku and I also have something else in common, we’re always being told to shoot more often. We’ll get to work on that together this season.”

Familiar Faces, Part 1: A visit from the Red Wings this week meant the return of Aaron Downey to the Bell Centre. Make that Stanley Cup champion Aaron Downey. His inspiring comeback story saw him claw his way back from the minors to crack the Red Wings’ lineup.

“When I left Montreal, Kirk Muller told me that I was a survivor and that I would land on my feet,” recalled Downey, who played with the now Canadiens assistant coach in Dallas. “A lot of people counted me out, but I kept working and last year I played in the most games of my career. Winning the Cup was a dream come true.”

Familiar Faces, Part 2: Also returning to his former stomping grounds this week was Michael Ryder, who signed with the archrival Bruins as a free agent this summer. Showered with boos throughout his return to the Bell Centre, Ryder was slightly more popular than Public Enemy No.1  Zdeno Chara on Wednesday night.

“It was tough to play in this building, again,” admitted Ryder, who spent four seasons with the Habs. “It’s definitely weird to come on this side and play against your buddies. Saku came over after the game and said he wanted to wish me luck in case he didn’t get the chance to speak to me later on.”

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