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In the Notebook - Nov. 23, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD -- In today’s notebook: Jacques Martin gets tough, Gill goes the extra mile and Subban learns a lesson.


Battle Royale: After his team let a two-goal lead slip away against Philadelphia on Monday night, Jacques Martin’s Tuesday morning practice appeared designed to light a fire under his team in preparation for Wednesday night’s game against the visiting L.A. Kings.

“We wanted to have a practice with a lot of intensity and battles. You need that kind of mentality to create success and part of the reason for today was definitely to evoke some of those emotions in our team,” said the Canadiens’ head-coach. “When you look at the standings and see how tight things are it’s obvious that you have to prepare to go to war every night. The Kings are one of the best in the West. We looked at their style, we looked at their key players and we know we can’t only work for 20 minutes against them, we have to show up for the whole 60 to have a chance to win.”

WATCH: Lapierre's pair against Philly.
The Extra Mile: Despite having played just under nineteen minutes and finishing with a +1 against the Flyers, Hal Gill was quick to point out that no matter how well a team or a individual thinks they may be performing, there’s always room to push the envelope a little further.

“When we’re playing hard, everything just falls into place and we need to remember that. This practice was a message that we need to be more ready to compete. It’s frustrating to know that you could have played better,” admitted the hulking defenseman. “It comes down to looking at a going into the corners thinking that you’re working hard, doing your best and putting up a good fight, compared to going in knowing you’re going to win the battle no matter what it takes.”

Looking Ahead: After seeming like two different teams over the course of Monday night’s game, the Canadiens made it clear that the one they’d rather resemble was the team that came out in the first period. For P.K. Subban, the game was one to learn from.

“You want to put a game like that behind you but you also don’t want to completely forget about it either,” noted Subban. “A game like that teaches you to never take your foot off the gas – we have to take a look at it as a lesson learned, and there’s still a lot of hockey left in the season.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.


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