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Notebook - October 23, 2014

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – In today’s notebook, the Canadiens reflect on the tragedy that struck the nation’s capital, and players gather for some team bonding.

Pausing to reflect: After practice on Thursday, a few Habs shared their thoughts on the tragic events that took place in Ottawa. For some, the images on television and social media evoked painful memories. Such was the case for Mississauga native, Manny Malhotra.

“It must’ve been a terrifying experience for those people that found themselves near those buildings. It brought me back to September 2001, when I was in New York as a member of the Rangers,” mentioned Malhotra, who was then starting his fourth season in the NHL. “That feeling of uncertainty, of not knowing what’s going on, or where to go in order to be safe is hard. It’s definitely a sad day for Ottawa. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to those affected by the tragedy.”

“I was at home when I heard. Obviously, I saw it on the news and I think I felt like most Canadians,” offered Brendan Gallagher. “It was a little scary. You obviously know that evil is out there, but you don’t think about it too much, so for Ottawa to go through that right now is tough. I think everyone around the world is sending their thoughts and prayers to them. I think we’re doing a good job of understanding that it’s an isolated situation. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again. I think everyone involved did a great job.”

Brendan Gallagher sporting his Leonardo costume on Wednesday.

Trick-or-Treat: The Canadiens gathered at Flyjin Restaurant in the Old Port on Wednesday night for the team’s annual Halloween party. It marked the perfect opportunity for Michel Therrien’s troops to enjoy each other’s company after a stellar start to the 2014-15 campaign.

“It was a lot of fun. A Halloween party is always the first party you have as a team, so as a newcomer it’s a good way to get to know the rest of the guys. It’s good to see their fun side. We really enjoyed it,” offered Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, who attended the event dressed as a bank robber. “It wasn’t a very original costume, but it was a good time.”

When it came time to selecting his outfit, Brendan Gallagher elected to pay tribute to some of his childhood idols.

“I was Leonardo. I was a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan growing up, so it was a dream come true for me,” joked the 22-year-old right-winger, before weighing in on P.K. Subban’s decision to transform himself into Michael Jackson for the party with the help of makeup artist, Lisa-Marie Charron. “That was good. It was a little bit scary just how good it was, but it was pretty good.”

Matt Cudzinowski is a writer for canadiens.com.

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