BROSSARD – The Habs laced up for a Monday morning practice in Brossard after enjoying day of rest on Sunday.
Media kid: There’s always a lot of media attention on you when you play for the Canadiens and even more so when you come from Montreal. If you add a stellar season to it, then you get the perfect recipe for David Desharnais’ climb in the media.
“I’ve been getting a lot more exposure than I was expecting,” said the 5’7” center who has registered 55 points since the beginning of the season. “It’s such a big market here and so many people follow the team. It’s good for me.”
With the upcoming Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships in May, it’s no wonder the small player is making a big impact on the Canadian scouts.
“To be honest, I haven’t thought about it. It’s out of my control,” said Desharnais of the possibility of wearing the Canadian jersey in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. “There are so many good players who will be available to play. I don’t think I could make it on the roster. We’ll see.”
Playing with pride: With a playoff berth out of reach, a lot of fans are wishing their team would purposely lose to ensure a better pick in the upcoming draft. The opinion of the public, however, differs from the one in the room, where the Canadiens are still looking to turn in their best effort every night, starting with netminder Carey Price.
“That’s an outsiders point of view,” replied Price after a journalist informed him of what certain fans have been saying of late. “If you’re lacing up your skates in this locker room, you're not thinking about going out there to lose. It’s not programmed in very many hockey players.”
“It’s not fun knowing you’re not going to make it. You can play hard, but at the same time you're wearing a Canadiens jersey,” shared Price who who has yet to miss out on playoff action. “You've got out there and play for pride. Some guys are playing for jobs and contracts. Everybody has their own motivation.”
Doing better: After being out since February 21, when the Habs hosted the Dallas Stars, Mathieu Darche is closer than ever to making a return to action. Darche joined Canadiens captain Brian Gionta on the second rink Monday morning to get his legs - and his lungs - going.
“I feel like I need a new pair of legs and lungs, but besides that, things are good,” joked Darche after practice. “It was about time I got back out there, I think my wife was tired of seeing me in the house.”
Darche was treated for a concussion though it was never determined if he had suffered one.
“It was really a huge flu!” continued Darche who seemed in great spirits. “The symptoms were close to those of a concussion, but I also had a virus and an ear infection at the same time which could have led to how I was feeling. We still treated it as a concussion just in case.
“It just felt good to practice," added Darche. "It will take me a few days to get back into it, but I’m definitely going in the right direction.”
The Canadiens will be back at practice Tuesday morning in preparation for Wednesday's game in Buffalo.
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