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Turning the Page

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
BROSSARD -- The morning after their toughest loss of the season, the Canadiens regrouped in Montreal to discuss the next step.

The attitude in the Habs’ dressing room following an offensively-focused Friday morning practice was one of optimism. Rather than dwelling on the defeat, the team instead made use of a team meeting to refocus and get back to the elements that helped them find success in their most recent campaign.

“We only have a few games left and we’re going to be going up against some good teams that have been playing good hockey,” pointed out P.K. Subban, who recently became the first Habs rookie defenseman in the history of the organization to score a hat-trick.

“Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s a reality check for us,” continued Subban on the subject of Thursday loss to the Bruins. “Anybody that was watching saw we didn’t have the spark that we wanted and the intensity wasn’t there. We have to use this to our advantage. We know we’ve played better than that this season and we have to get back to playing that style of hockey.”

In a stall almost directly across the room, Michael Cammalleri was busy echoing his teammate’s sentiments.

“We’re not worrying or being too negative, but trying to be more to be aware of the changes that need to be made. There are only a few games left in the season and it does no good to overanalyze things at this point. It’s time to let it all hang out and let things evolve from there,” explained Cammalleri, while staying tight-lipped about the details of the Habs’ team meeting.

“The message was, above all, that we needed to work on the things we discussed and turn the page. The details of what we talked about stays with the team.”

Following a less-than-ideal return to action after being sidelined for four games with a lower-body injury, Tomas Plekanec, the Canadiens’ most consistent offensive weapon in 2010-11, was evidently ready for his team to begin a new chapter.

“We talked about it after practice, we turned the page and now we have to get ready for Washington. Right now, we need to make the playoffs and we haven’t yet so we have to go out and get some wins,” expressed Plekanec while pointing out that this latest edition of the Canadiens is no stranger to overcoming adversity.

“We have a lot of character in this dressing room and we’ve responded well to tough games and tough situations all season long. This will be no different.”

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