MONTREAL – If some people think that Saturday night’s game against Carolina is going to be a walk in the park after facing the likes of Vancouver and Boston, the Canadiens aren’t among them. Players and coaching staff alike are battening down the hatches as the Hurricanes prepare to blow through the Bell Centre.
The Hurricanes will be arriving in town with a bitter taste in their mouths on the heels of an 8-1 defeat to the Flyers on Thursday night.
“We know that a team that suffered a loss like they did last game is going to be hungry for win. They’re a team with a lot of pride and I’m sure they’re going to come out playing hard tonight,” warned Jacques Martin. “Carolina is still a team that’s scored ten more goals than we have. They’ve got a lot of offensive fire-power and we’re going to need to play a very solid defensive game tonight.”
The Hurricanes, largely considered to be a trump against the Canadiens, have consistently enjoyed success in Montreal, posting a winning record. However, if the man behind the Habs’ bench has anything to say about it, that’s a fact about to change starting Saturday.
“The majority of teams always try to give their best performances when they play at the Bell Centre,” continued Martin. “Playing in front of such an enthusiastic crowd, with the kind of atmosphere that exists here tends to make opposing teams elevate their game as much as it does us. It’s important for us to keep building on our success right now, to continue to put up solid performances and to keep our power-play clicking.”
Even with great showings over their past two games, scoring five goals to their opponent’s one, Josh Gorges
was quick to point out that nothing’s in the bag just yet.
“Tonight is going to be a tough game. They’re a hard-working team with some really talented forwards. Especially after seeing their last game, we know they’re going to come out hard,” assessed Gorges, also pointing out that the best strategy is always to take things one game at a time, leaving all successes – or failures – well behind.
“You always want to go into every game with the same mentality regardless of what happened the game before. Whether we won our last two games or lost our last four, it shouldn’t affect the way we play. You always want to keep momentum coming off a win, but the most important thing is not to change your attitude.”Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com ALSO READ:Hurricanes@Canadiens: Gameday
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