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Too legit to quit

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
The only way is up for Habs after consecutive shutout losses

Despite outshooting the Canucks by a 30-24 margin, the Canadiens couldn't beat Roberto Luongo.

MONTREAL - Teams crossing their fingers that the Canadiens will just roll over and go quietly can think again. Guy Carbonneau's troops are determined to get back to their winning ways and head into the All-Star break on a high note.

On the heels of playing 12 games in 21 nights, including a losing battle to the stomach flu along the way, Carbonneau opted to give his team a day off on Wednesday rather than drain them of their remaining energy.

"I think a little rest is going to do us some good," admitted an exhausted Saku Koivu. "Our energy isn't where it's been all season long. We have to find answers and solve this. We need a win, and the sooner we get it the better."

The worst should be behind the Habs who last suffered two straight shutout losses two seasons ago when they were blanked by the Flyers and Bruins on successive nights on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28, 2003.

A dejected but determined Francis Bouillon knows that the Canadiens will not snap themselves out of their current funk without teamwork.

"We're going to get out of this together," vowed Bouillon. "That's the only way things are going to improve for us.
"We've been beating really good teams since the start of the season," added Bouillon. "We know we can do it. Besides, we have a better team than this. The next few practices and games are going to be huge. We can't let up now."

Fully aware of the encouraging signs he's seen in his first season behind the Canadiens bench as head coach, Carbonneau knows how much character lies in his dressing room.

"Good teams find ways to stick around and we will."

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