MONTREAL -- After winning their first two playoff games of 2011 on enemy ice, the Habs come home ready to give 21,273 fans at the Bell Centre even more to cheer about.
The Canadiens may have landed back in Montreal up 2-0 in their series against the Bruins, but even with the momentum on their side and the home crowd in their corner, the Habs know that adding another win Monday night will be their toughest challenge yet.
“Our goal is going to be to play with that same urgency that we had in the first two games while still managing to stay calm and focused in front of our home crowd,” explained Habs’ defensive pillar, Hal Gill who registered a game-high five blocked shots in Game 2, which also marked the 100th playoff game of his career. “The real challenge becomes to play the same way every night and keep coming with that push no matter where you’re playing.”
“We want to make the most out of the things that we can control,” continued Gill. “Being smart and not letting things get out of hand after the whistle are things we can control. If we’re able to stay more composed than they are, it gives us a big edge in the game.”
With the chance to put a 3-0 stranglehold on the series with a victory on home-ice Monday night, Canadiens’ head-coach, Jacques Martin, will be expecting even more from his troops when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m..
“You’ve got to appreciate our fans and the atmosphere is our building, and for sure tonight, the atmosphere is going to be electric,” expressed the former Jack Adams Award winner. “The responsibility falls on us now, more than ever, to come out playing our best hockey of the year. They’re going to be competing hard tonight and it’s up to us to be even better than we were in the first two games of the series.”
Michael Cammalleri couldn’t agree more. After helping to get his team off to another hot start with a goal 43 seconds into Game 2, the Habs’ sniper was quick to point out that the Canadiens’ first playoff game of 2011 at the Bell Centre is no time for the team to get too comfortable.
“Our crowd can be the best assist out there. The fans should all be really energized tonight and it should be a great atmosphere. There are certain points in a game where as a team, you really need a lift and our crowd is a huge boost for us,” said Cammalleri. “It’s going to be our job to use that energy to our advantage and let it help to motivate us while still managing to stay focused on the task at hand and stick to our game plan making sure we execute it properly.”
“I don’t think we feel overconfident, in fact I think we all know that we need to play our best game of the series tonight if we hope to win.”
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.ALSO SEE:
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