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Notebook - Feb. 12, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – In today’s Notebook – Darche dishes on the rest of his season, Spacek on his shiner and Subban remembers his hockey roots.

The rumor mill :
Mathieu Darche may have been sidelined from the Habs’ last game with a lower-body injury, but the hard-working forward was back on the ice again Saturday morning practicing with the rest of his team, putting to rest rumors that his season may have been over.

"The rumors about me missing the rest of the season were definitely untrue. I was already able to get back on the ice and skate this morning. It was just something that I had been dealing with over the last little while," promised Darche. "It really had nothing to do with the game against Boston. It’s nothing too serious, I’m just not quite in game shape right now."

Eye in the sky:
Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek is still sporting the black eye he was handed during Wednesday night’s rumble with the Boston Bruins. The next night when he noticed himself and his eye being displayed on the Bell Centre’s jumbotron, the Czech blueliner more surprised than anyone.

"I think I was up there for a little too long. That’s never happened to me before, and I really wasn’t sure how to react. It’s not like there was really anyhere to hide," joked Spacek. "At least people were cheering for me which is never a bad thing to hear."

O Canada : Saturday night’s Canadiens - Maple Leafs matchup represents one the most heated and long-standing rivalries in the Canadian hockey universe. It also happens to fall on the annual Hockey Day in Canada, when all six Canadian teams will find themselves in action.

"It’s always special to be part of an event like that. It’s our national sport. Like a lot of people, I grew up playing hockey on outdoor rinks," recalled rookie defenseman P.K. Subban. "Tons of time spent outside, playing until all hours of the night – I have a lot of great memories of those times with my friends and family. I remember going to sleep still wearing my snow-pants and skates. I owe a lot to my father."

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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