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On the offensive

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD – Winning in the playoffs takes 20 guys working towards a single goal.


After scoring just six times in three games to kick off Round 2, the Canadiens realize they might not be the only ones with a padded brick wall standing between the pipes. The players all know that they don’t draw plays on the scoreboard and at this type of year, even the ugliest goals are more than welcome in Habsland. 

"We don't just need help from the first and second line, but everyone," explained Plekanec. "We just need to find ways to score more goals.”

While Plekanec is currently second on the team with eight points in 10 games so far, he also realizes that it’s not playoff scoring titles he wants to be sipping from this June.

“It's not about individual performances and being happy with your own game,” continued the Czech sniper. “The playoffs are all about winning as a team and that's what we've done from the start of playoffs."

Head coach Jacques Martin couldn’t agree more with his star center.

"In the playoffs, especially against a team like Pittsburgh, your offense can't only be about one or two players," warned the Habs bench boss. "Everyone needs to be involved. [Maxim] Lapierre, [Travis] Moen and [Dominic] Moore all scored big goals for us against Washington in the first round which goes to show how you need those guys, too."

Of course hat tricks and multi-point performances by the Canadiens are always welcome, but sometimes it’s just one goal that can make all the difference.  

"If we score the first goal in Game 3 instead of them, we probably win that game," said Martin. "Both teams played well without the puck last night and the goalies each made big saves. Now we just need to make a few adjustments on the offensive side of things.”

True to form, the Habs coach was far from divulging any secret plans he has heading into Game 4, but he did offer a sneak peek at his formula for solving Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday night.

"Just like with any goalie, we need to create traffic in front and get more pucks on net," smiled Martin.

After watching his team get shutout by the defending Cup champs on Tuesday night, Scott Gomez still hasn’t forgotten that in the postseason, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.

"Even though we need to score goals, that's not all that matters," explained Gomez, who has a pair of Stanley Cup rings of his own. "You look at guys like Moore and Lapierre who maybe didn't score, but they brought great energy all night long. Every contribution counts. We need everyone to be involved. That's how this team is built."

Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.

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