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Forget the past, focus on the present

All that matters right now is winning in Anaheim on Friday night and building off a victory going forward

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

ANAHEIM - There's nothing the Canadiens would like more than to snap their six-game winless streak on Friday night in Orange County.

While the Honda Center hasn't been kind to them in recent years - having dropped their last three meetings with the Anaheim Ducks on their home turf - Claude Julien's contingent is committed to making this one count ahead of the long trek back home on Saturday.

"We've got to find a way to win. I think everyone has to be better. We've got to look at ourselves in the mirror and see what we can bring to the team. At the same time, not panic and not be uptight," said Alex Galchenyuk, following the morning skate. "We just have to be confident and believe in ourselves and keep pushing forward."

Video: Alex Galchenyuk on closing out the trip strong

They also have to put their two previous outings in California completely out of their minds. 

"You've got to erase the losses, or thinking about the disappointing part of the road trip, losing two out of three already," insisted Galchenyuk, referencing the 5-2 and 5-1 losses to the Sharks and Kings, respectively, earlier on in the week. "We've got to erase that. It's a fresh new day today and a new game."

The Canadiens' bench boss isn't tweaking things up front heading into the tilt with Randy Carlyle's squad, going with the same group of forwards that began the contest against Los Angeles. 

"Apart from the game in Washington, we've had good starts. We have to be able to execute and play well for 60 minutes," explained Julien. "We've had periods where we've made mistakes that really cost us. It will be important for us to keep the puck out of the net if we hope to win. When you're playing well in your own end, good things will happen."

Video: Claude Julien's press conference

Some puck luck would help, too, of course, but Julien is adamant that this group is entirely capable of turning things around on its own.

"It would be good to get a break, but the most important thing is realizing that we have to be better," mentioned Julien. "I still believe this team is capable of being better and having a better record than it has now."

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