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Notebook - Nov. 22, 2010

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
PHILADELPHIA -- In today’s notebook, Gorges shows off his memory, Jacques Martin wants his two points, Weber is ready for a real workout and Moen has rivalry issues.


Baby steps: After being called up last week, Yannick Weber got his first taste of NHL action of 2010-11 on Saturday against the Leafs. The young defenseman may not have played his usual role on the blue line versus Toronto, but the part-time forward was glad to be out there, even if he only logged a team-low 7:52 of ice time.

Highlights from the Canadiens-Flyers game
“It was really good to not just be here with the team, but actually play,” said Weber, whose limited action wasn’t helped by the Habs earning only a single power play against the Leafs. “It was a special situation since I was playing up front, but I tried to make the most out of my opportunity. I had done it before when I called up, but that was two years ago. It takes some adjustment for sure. As a defenseman you read the play more and see what forwards do, so that makes it easier for me when I’m actually doing it.”

Bigger fish to fry: The extracurricular activities from last week’s Habs-Flyers showdown made headlines everywhere, but head coach Jacques Martin has other concerns.

“We’re expecting an intense game out there since this is an important game for both teams,” said Martin who will ice the same lineup he did against Toronto. “We trail the Flyers by only one point in the standings and we have a game in hand. This is a crucial game. We’re both battling for the No. 2 spot and even first place in the Eastern Conference. I think our players will be focused on working hard tonight.”

Same old, same old: Josh Gorges knows Philadelphia all too well. The Flyers’ rink may now be called the Wells Fargo Center instead of Wachovia Center, but the Habs d-man isn’t fooled.

“When you come into Philly, you know you’re in for a game,” predicted Gorges. “The fans are always really into it and as a team they always come out hard. It always one of those games that’s exciting, where emotions always run high and you know it’s going to be a fight. We did play them only a week ago in our building. We’ve faced them twice in the last three years in the playoffs and that’s where rivalries heat up. These are the games you want to be a part of.” 

Switching Sides:
The Habs-Flyers rivalry may be all the rage in the NHL these days, but Travis Moen also has another rivalry on his plate these days. A proud native of Stewart Valley, SK, Moen will be faced with a dilemma when his hometown Roughriders take on the Alouettes with the Grey Cup on the line on Sunday.

“We had our hearts broken last year,” admitted Moen of the last-second 28-27 victory snatched by the Als over the Roughriders in last year’s Grey Cup game. “I hope the Alouettes do well, but I bleed green!”


Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.


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