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Notebook - Feb 3, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – In today’s notebook, Cammalleri waxes philosophical, Pacioretty powers up and Pleky showers some praise.

Cogito ergo sum: Having already missed five games since suffering a shoulder injury in Buffalo on January 18, Michael Cammalleri was one of just four Habs to hit the ice on Thursday morning in Brossard. The former Michigan Wolverine may not have studied Philosophy during his three years in Ann Arbor, but when asked by the media about his expected return to action, the 28-year-old sniper had no trouble channeling his inner Descartes.

“Timelines make no sense. The doctors can asses all they want and take all the pictures they want but no one injury is the same; they’re kind of like snowflakes,” joked Cammalleri. “The human body is an inexact science to say the least.”

Power player: Never one to shy away from heavy traffic, Max Pacioretty is thriving in his role as a power forward-in-the-making. Whether he’s flanking Scott Gomez or Tomas Plekanec, the 22-year-old hasn’t had a problem producing or throwing his weight around. 
Pacioretty and Plekanec go to work

“I like that title [power forward] because there aren’t too many guys in the league that play like that,” described the 6-foot-2 winger, who has racked up three goals and six points in the past five games. “That’s what makes a power forward so valuable. I know I’m capable of being one and I’m doing everything I can to become one.”

Pleky says relax: Another Hab impressed with Pacioretty’s play of late is his new centerman. Plekanec has had the opportunity to watch the budding winger develop over the past three seasons, but according to the Czech forward, the biggest gains Pacioretty has made have been between the ears.

“He’s doing the same things physically and it’s been good. But since he got here I think he’s been much stronger mentally than he’s been in the years before,” offered the Canadiens’ leading scorer. “Before he would get frustrated when things weren’t working but he doesn’t worry about those things now. It shows on the ice.”

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