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Notebook - Jan. 20, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD: In today’s Notebook: Cammalleri on injuries, Wiz and Darche on shot-blocking and Desharnais on the new-arrivals.

In and out again: In only his second game back after contracting strep throat, Michael Cammalleri represented the Canadiens’ first casualty in Tuesday night’s game. Shelved with an upper-body injury since, the Habs’ sniper was in Brossard Thursday morning to meet with the team’s medical staff.

“It’s unfortunate. I was excited to get back from being sick. We still have some tests to do to try determine exactly what’s going on, so I don’t really know what it’s going to look like as far as timelines go,” dropped Cammalleri as he discussed the pile-up of injuries his team is currently contending with. “Having guys get hurt is always a hard thing to deal with. It’s tough on everyone, on all the individuals and the team as a whole. Like it was tough for me this morning to call Josh Gorges and ask him how his surgery went. Injuries are really the worst part of this business. You just have to try and stay optimistic and keep going.”

Dodging bullets: Max Pacioretty was back at practice Thursday morning and plans to make the trip to Ottawa with the Habs where he’ll be evaluated again come game time. The 22-year-old forward is happy to still be in the mix after leaving the HSBC arena by ambulance during Tuesday night’s game against the Sabres.

“Guys just keep getting stronger and bigger while the technology keeps improving too. In the end it makes for harder shots. You have pucks coming at you at over 100 miles-per-hour,” said defenseman James Wisniewski, whose slap-shot dinged Pacioretty on Tuesday night. “It’s a big part of the reason that more and more guys are trying to get more protection on their skates and other places. It’s all part of sacrificing your body for the team.”

You’re in the way…:
As a guy who makes it his business to park himself in front of the opposing net to screen the goalie, Mathieu Darche has taken his share of painful pucks.

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“You can’t really think about it. The moment you do, your natural instinct becomes to get out of the way,” explained Darche. “I took a puck to the face once and let me tell you, I looked like Bambi out there on the ice afterwards. But the next game, you have to make yourself forget about it and get back to doing your job.”

The Montreal Bulldogs: With the amount of injuries currently affecting the Canadiens’ roster, the number of Bulldogs hitting the ice for the Habs continues to grow. David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty, Yannick Weber and most recently Andreas Engqvist and Ryan White have now been called up after starting their seasons in Hamilton.

“Engqvist is a great forward, he’s a big guy with a lot of talent and he plays great on the PK,” said Desharnais who also offered his two-cents on the soon-to-be-arriving Ryan White. “White is one of the guys with the most character that I’ve seen in my time playing hockey. He’s a warrior who’s never scared, never backs down from anything. He’s a great guy and a great teammate and I’m glad that he’s going to be here.”

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