BROSSARD – The Habs look to earn a reputation as the league’s streak-snappers when they host the surging Bruins, Monday night.
After ending the Rangers’ seven-game win streak Saturday night, the Canadiens will get the chance to topple another of the league’s giants as the Bruins ride their eight-straight victories into the Bell Centre.
“They’re a very good team; they’re the defending champs and they’re on a roll – a big roll – so we’re going to need to come in with our best game tonight,” said Michael Cammalleri, who logged a two-point night during the Bruins last Montreal visit on Oct. 29. “We’re going to be looking to play a tight checking match-up, where we keep trying to defend the way we did in our last game.
|The Habs look to end the Bruins' eight-game win streak, Monday night. |
“A lot of time when you play solid defensive hockey, you’re also giving yourself more opportunities to score,” added No. 13. “Usually when a team focuses on that style, their best games defensively also end up being their best games offensively.”
A huge factor in that strategy working out for the Habs stood at a stall across the room from Cammalleri, fielding questions of his own. P.K. Subban, preparing to suit up for his 100th career NHL game, may only be in his sophomore year with the Canadiens, but that’s certainly not stopping him from shouldering a veteran’s share of responsibility.
“It doesn’t seem like I’ve played 100 games. The older guys on the team really only make me feel like I’ve played about 15…,” kidded Subban who will once again be expected to join forces with Josh Gorges to play the lion’s share the Habs’ defensive minutes against Boston.
“The Bruins are playing well and it’s almost the same situation as when the Rangers came in. Boston’s won seven or eight games now, plus we took the first two meetings of the season from them so you know they’re definitely going to be coming in here trying to make a statement,” added the 22-year-old, referring to the Oct. 29 outing when the Habs handed the B's their last loss to date. “Tonight we have to make sure that we’re doing all the right things from the first puck drop and not wait until midway through the second to get our game going.”
After posting shutouts in his last two starts behind a great defensive effort from the rest of the Habs, Carey Price will face one of his toughest challenges on Monday night. The Bruins rank among the league’s highest scoring teams, rolling into the Bell Centre with 42 goals in their last eight games and coming off a shutout win on Saturday night.
Two familiar faces were also back in the Canadiens dressing room this morning. Click here for the story.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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