MONTREAL – Two words you’ll never hear uttered from the Montreal Canadiens this year are “good enough”.
Despite finishing with a 4-1 win, seeing all but one Hab register at least one shot on goal and getting offense from throughout the lineup, the Canadiens couldn’t help but focus on what they could have done better following Tuesday night’s victory over Ottawa. That attitude is exactly why the team is sitting just two points out of first place in the league 28 games into the season.
“To be honest with you, I’m not happy we weren’t able to score on nine minutes of power play and that we actually gave up a power-play goal against,” admitted Habs sniper Michael Cammalleri, who notched his team-leading fourth power play goal of the year against the Sens. “I think that’s a point there where you have to put games away.”
Cammalleri got the ball rolling for the Canadiens with the man advantage on the team’s first (power play) opportunity of the evening before the PP went dormant. After watching the Senators kill off a five-minute boarding major followed by a four-minute high-sticking penalty to close out the second period, the Habs had some major bouncing back to do in the final frame.
“Tonight was a game where I think at times we could’ve been better but it probably says a lot that we’ve maybe been able to win games where we thought we could have been better,’ offered the game’s No. 1 star. “It’s much easier to work on things and to sleep at night when you win games. Winning is the medicine that cures all in the sporting world so that’s a positive.”
After notching his second goal in as many games, the 28-year-old claimed there was no big secret behind his success.
“I was just trying to work hard. It seems like as of late it’s been a lot of work without actually creating as much [offense] as we’d like to,” Cammalleri explained. “I’m of the belief that a lot of goals in this league are scored off the second or third effort. That’s how we’re going to create offense.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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