Montreal Canadiens: No Problem Against Top Teams

Dominic PampalonAnalyst INovember 27, 2008


DETROIT - It's difficult to explain the reasons why the Canadiens' players pay more attention to the coaches' instructions when they are playing NHL top teams. Is it that the team steps up more to the big challenges, or is it that they don't want to look bad?

"I'd like to give you an answer," Roman Hamrlik said with a shrug. "It seems that everyone is doing everything a little better. It was the case tonight (Wednesday). Everyone contributed and we all respected the game plan from first to last minute."

"We went ahead by one then two and we played well defensively. That's the style we have to adopt in every game."

"We got here in Detroit with a bad streak in the past 10 games," Coach Carbonneau said. "The Red Wings have a lot of success with only two losses in regular time before we played them. We played a honest game."

"Lately, I think we thought we were superior when we played less competitive teams and we didn't play the way we should have played."

Carey Price said the team played one of its best games this season offensively and defensively.

"We all put the effort and worked well," said the young goaltender, admitting he also had a great game between the pipes.

Carbonneau had to make changes to his lines when Alex Tanguay had to retreat to the dressing room early in the game. He kept using all four lines.

Lapierre's line continued where it left off by offering, again, a hard-working game. Lapierre notched his second goal in as many games.

"Our line is working to make the opposing defensemen work hard," said Lapierre. "Tonight I took advantage of a favorable bounce. All I wanted to do is to send the puck in front of the net."

Lapierre also highlighted that everybody chipped in for the team's win.

"We had a good roller coaster first 20 games. It was important to begin another 20 on a positive note. It's excellent for the team's confidence."

Chris Higgins only had good words to say about teammate, defenseman Josh Gorges, who continues to shine game after game.

"Josh has really elevated is game a few notches since Komisarek is out with a shoulder injury," observed Higgins. "He came out of nowhere last season, and here he is this season as our most consistent player."

Gorges, who was used for 22:33 minutes, injured his left knee when he blocked a shot at the end of the final frame.

Despite the injury, he remained in action, but had to undergo X-Rays at the Joe Louis Arena, before joining his team mates for the trip to Washington, which is the next game for the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge on Friday.