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Johnson good to go

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
32-year-old forward to face Islanders Tuesday night

Mike Johnson left Saturday's game after he hit the post face first.

MONTREAL - After getting up close and a little too personal with a post Saturday night in St. Louis, Mike Johnson was back on the ice with the rest of his teammates on Monday.

In an attempt to hold off a scoring opportunity by Blues rookie David Backes, Johnson instead went face first into the right post of David Aebischer's net.

"It's pretty simple, my face hit the post.  Those kinds of things don't usually end up all that well," laughed Johnson.  "I didn't feel quite right; I felt a little off and just wanted to be safe.  We were up 3-0 so they opted to have me sit out.  I felt pretty good yesterday and feel fine today."

With Saturday's line combinations proving to be successful, the veteran winger once again found himself practicing with Saku Koivu and Guillaume Latendresse Monday morning.

"I've started a few games on Saku's line," noted Johnson, who has collected 30 points so far this season.  "I say 'start' because for some reason or another, we never seem to finish the game together.  After the game, Saku jokingly asked, 'Do you not want to play with me?'"

They'll get their chance to stay together for 60 minutes Tuesday night when the Canadiens host the New York Islanders.  The Islanders are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference and hold a four-point lead over Montreal, which sits in 11th place.

"If we want to get to that eighth place and make the playoffs, we're going to have to string a few wins together.  And there's no better way to climb than to beat the teams we're chasing."

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