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Notebook - Dec. 8, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – In today’s Notebook: Markov’s surgery, Darche stays current and Gomez is day-to-day.

All the best, Andrei: Around the same time that his team took to the ice for their Wednesday morning skate, Canadiens’ all-star defenseman Andrei Markov lay on an operating table in Alabama. Markov is slated to undergo major surgery for the second time in close to seven months to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Jaroslav Spacek had a few words to say on the subject of his teammate.

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“This is a hard day for him, especially after what he went through last season. I wish him the best and hope the surgery goes well so we can have him back with us again,” expressed the fellow rearguard. “You never know, maybe he could make it back for the finals. We’ll see you on the ice in June, Andrei.”

No time like the present: As important as winning games is to the members of the Montreal Canadiens, staying humble and not allowing success to go to their heads is just as important for everyone on the team.

“We always have confidence in ourselves. The experts might not have believed in us at the beginning, but we’ve been making them change their tune. Even with 18 wins, we don’t pay much attention to what people say,” admitted Mathieu Darche. “It’s strange to say, but we’re trying not to look too far into the future. What we’ve done in the past means nothing now. What we’re going to do in two weeks means nothing now. The only thing that matters is what we do with the present.”

Day-to-day: While his statistics have yet to meet the high expectations placed upon him, Scott Gomez represents a key figure in the Montreal Canadiens offense. Sustaining a lower-body injury in Tuesday night’s game against the Senators, Gomez is currently listed as day-to-day.

“He’s definitely a big part of this team and we hope everything’s going to be alright with him,” said longtime friend and teammate Brian Gionta. “Without him there we leave a big hole in the top-six and on the power-play. Right now we think that it’s just a minor thing so we’re all hoping he’ll be back soon.”

Determined and hard-working since the beginning of the season, Dustin Boyd found himself teamed with Tom Pyatt and Maxim Lapierre during the Canadiens Wednesday morning practice.

“I’ve been waiting for an opportunity for a while now. My priority up to this point was to stay in the best physical shape I could and staying positive, and be a happy guy around the room,” said Boyd, currently looking at the possibility of making a return to the Habs lineup in Friday’s game against the Red Wings. “They’re all great guys and even though we haven’t played a lot together, I practice and hang out with them everyday and they’ve helped me feel part of the group.”

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