BOSTON – Anyone looking to celebrate Saturday night’s win in Boston should probably steer clear of the Habs dressing room.
Winning on the road in the playoffs isn’t easy. Winning back-to-back games in enemy territory is even harder. Despite boarding the team charter for Montreal after Saturday’s 3-1 victory over the Bruins with two wins stowed in their carry-on bins, the Canadiens were well aware they haven’t won anything yet.
“Well two’s not four,” explained All-Star goaltender Carey Price
, who is currently leading the league with a .985 save percentage. “We have a lot of work left to do and that’s a really good hockey team over there. They have a lot of talent on that team and we have to come out with the same effort at home as we did here.”
Also in a subdued mood despite scoring his first goal of the 2011 postseason just 43 seconds into Game 2, Michael Cammalleri knows his team is just getting warmed up for the road ahead.
”Satisfying is the wrong word,” replied Cammalleri when asked what part of his team’s first two wins satisfied him the most. “I think we’re ‘happy’ and ‘pleased’ as far as the result and some of the things we’ve been able to do. You go into these series and these games thinking you can win every game, but at the same time there’s always that ‘We’ll see what happens’ aspect for everybody involved. There’s some good stuff there but we’re far from satisfied. We’ve still got a long way to go.”
On the other side of the room, not even the thrill of scoring his first career NHL playoff goal could get a rise out of Mathieu Darche
after the game.
“When the goal goes in, you’re happy and you’re excited – I’m a Montreal kid; I grew up watching the team. After that it was ‘Ok, it’s done and we have a game to play’. If you enjoy the moment too much it will pass you by,” described the St. Laurent native. “Getting the first one was great, but now we move on. Hopefully it wasn’t the last one.”
The Bruins may have let the Canadiens leave TD Garden with two coveted parting gifts, but with a combined 66 shots and 64 hits in Games 1 and 2, they were far from gracious hosts in the process. That could explain why despite heading back to Montreal with the series lead, Darche still sees plenty of room for improvement heading into Game 3.
“We’re confident. We’ve got to be happy with what we did but we can’t be satisfied. We’re going to go back to Montreal and it’s just going to get tougher,” he stressed. “I’m sure they’re not happy and they’re going to come out with a vengeance. It’s our turn at home so we have to be ready.”Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.SEE ALSO:The Numbers Game - April 16, 2011 Postgame comments: Cammalleri
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