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Canadiens could be thinking sweep, but they aren’t

Posted By Scott McLaughlin On April 16, 2011 @ 11:50 pm In General | 1 Comment

After winning Games 1 and 2 in Boston, the Canadiens have a chance to close out the series in front of their own fans if they can defend home ice and win the next two games at the Bell Centre [1], where they went 3-0 against the Bruins in the regular season. Just don’€™t expect them to be looking ahead to Game 4 and the possibility of a sweep.

‘€œWe’€™re not concerned about the second game or coming back here,’€ said Canadiens goalie Carey Price [2]. ‘€œAll we’€™re worried about is the next game. It’€™s a cliché, but that’€™s really all we’€™re looking forward to, is the next day and the next game.’€

Don’€™t expect them to spend any time celebrating their two straight road victories over their rivals, either.

‘€œI’€™ve got no time for that,’€ Michael Cammalleri said. ‘€œSeriously. If we’€™re sitting here happy about that and celebrating, then we’€™re making a crucial mistake. The fans can be happy and our parents and our families can be happy, and good for them, but I’€™m dead serious. We have no time to be happy right now.’€

The Canadiens know the Bruins are capable of playing better than they have in the first two games and they’€™re not taking anything for granted or expecting anything to come easy.

‘€œWe’€™re happy with those two games, but we really can’€™t be satisfied,’€ Mathieu Darche said. ‘€œIt’€™s just going to get tougher. They’€™ll come to Montreal with a vengeance. We know they’€™re going to be better, and we’€™ll have to be better also.’€

Price said the Canadiens also can’€™t get caught up in the excitement of the crowd or get down if something goes wrong.

‘€œWe’€™re going to have to really maintain our composure,’€ Price said. ‘€œI think that’€™s going to be the biggest thing. The crowd’€™s behind us and obviously there’€™s going to a lot of adrenaline, so we have to make sure everybody stays composed.’€

The Bruins, meanwhile, aren’€™t getting down on themselves. They know they’€™ve been a good road team all season — their 24-12-5 record on the road was fifth-best in the NHL [3] — and even though they’€™re down 0-2 and haven’€™t won in Montreal this season, they remain confident.

‘€œIt might be a good thing for us to get there and really simplify things and get more composed than we are right now,’€ Mark Recchi [4] said. ‘€œWe’€™ll be fine as long as we regroup here and as long as we embrace it and get ready for a big situation on Monday. The pressure is on us now. I believe in this group of guys and we’€™re going to have to go show them on Monday.’€


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