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Ducharme: 'We want to be even better tonight'

Artturi Lehkonen, Paul Byron and interim head coach Dominique Ducharme met the media ahead of Game 4 against the Jets

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - Forwards Artturi Lehkonen and Paul Byron spoke with reporters via Zoom on Monday morning from the Bell Sports Complex.

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They were followed by interim head coach Dominique Ducharme.

Here are a few highlights from their respective chats:

Lehkonen on the effectiveness of the Canadiens' overall team game:

We've got to trust each other, play the system and work our butts off, basically. You've got to work for the guy next to you and they're going to work for you too.

Video: Artturi Lehkonen on having four lines rolling

Lehkonen on being in a position to sweep the series:

We've just been focusing on things game by game. We can't look too far ahead. You've just got to focus on tonight's game.

Byron on the Habs' preparation for Game 4:

It's the same thing every day. We get ready and go to work. We come to the rink prepared to play an important game every game. Nothing changes, even if we win the series tonight. Our mentality stays the same.

Video: Paul Byron on the importance of defined roles

Byron on the offense being generated by all four lines:

It helps a lot. Everbody is doing their job every game. Our team plays best when everybody contributes. It takes the pressure off certain lines. I like the chemistry between the lines. Every line can go up against any line from the opposition. It gives our group a lot of confidence.

Ducharme on the health status of defenseman Jeff Petry:

He's still being evaluated. It will likely be a game-time decision. We should be getting some more news about his condition. It's possible that he'll take the pregame warmup. We'll see. If he can't play, Alexander Romanov or Xavier Ouellet will take his spot.

Video: Ducharme on the pressure of an elimination game

Ducharme on how his players should handle themselves with a berth in the Stanley Cup Semifinals within reach:

I want them to play the same way. We learned a lot in the first round. We used our sense of urgency every game. We want to go even further. We weren't perfect in Game 3. We played an excellent game, but we weren't perfect. We want to be even better tonight. We want to control the game in every situation.

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