MONTREAL – After gaining some much-needed breathing room in the tight playoff race in the East, the banged up Habs now face a pivotal game against the equally playoff hungry Rangers.
With a slim three-point lead over eighth-place New York and the Panthers sniffing right there tied with the Rangers with 89 points, tomorrow night’s game against the Rangers is pretty much a playoff game for the Habs and their opponent.
“Tomorrow is a huge game and we can’t lose sight of that,” warned Mike Komisarek, who led all Habs with 26:21 of ice-time and picked up an assist with his partner Andrei Markov
sidelined with an injury. “The bottom line is we have three games left to extend our season and it starts Wednesday at MSG.”
Now paired with Komisarek as the Habs look to remain afloat with Markov and Mathieu Schneider on the mend, Josh Gorges
isn’t looking for sympathy or excuses for the Habs' ongoing hard luck on the injury front this season.
“Losing a couple of key components like Marky and Schneids is tough don’t get me wrong, but to me it’s just another bump in the road,” explained Gorges, who was right behind Komisarek with 25:46. “We all have to raise our game and level of intensity if we’re going to get through this. All I know we control our own destiny and we still hold a playoff spot right now. It’s just up to us to keep it and not let it go.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com