MONTREAL – What’s the best recipe for success in do-or-die situations in the playoffs? Get the puck to Michael Cammalleri.
Staving off elimination in the postseason is nothing new in Montreal. Having rallied back from 3-1 and 3-2 deficits last spring, the Canadiens were back to their old tricks in Game 6 against the Bruins on Tuesday night.
“We packed last night for tonight and three other games,” offered Cammalleri, who is leading the league with nine points in six games. “That was the plan and that was the mindset. It was nice to get that win tonight.”
A big factor in earning that win was some vintage clutch play by Cammalleri, who now has seven goals and three assists in seven elimination games with the Habs.
“It’s nothing in particular for me. It’s got to do with how we play as a group,” understated the 28-year-old sniper, who notched a goal and an assist to earn first star honors in Game 6. “There’s not much to get excited about that right now to be honest with you because in less than 24 hours, we have to do it all over again. Tonight gets forgotten really quickly depending on the result of tomorrow night.”
With another elimination game pending in Boston on Wednesday night, the only win Cammalleri & Co. wanted to focus on was the next one.
“As soon as we got in the room tonight after the game there was pretty much zero talk about tonight’s game. Talk quickly went to ‘Let’s go get some rest and let’s roll into the next game and roll it over like it’s the same game,’” described the Richmond Hill, ON native. “The mentality for us is the same. We go and get as much rest as we can and before we know it, we’re going to be putting on our gear and trying to do the same things all over again.”
Despite having led all forwards with 25:03 in ice time on Tuesday night, Cammalleri isn’t worried about finding a way to give an encore performance in Game 7.
“Drink lots of BioSteel,” joked the winger on his plans for recovery. “No, if you can eat and breathe I think it’ll be easy to get motivated for that one tomorrow. We’ve started to earn a little bit of that reputation [of winning elimination games] and that’s a good one to have. We’ll plan on another one in less than 24 hours.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com SEE ALSO:Comments: Cammalleri
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