Audio: Happy voices from the dressing room

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey found a pretty upbeat group of players in the Canadiens dressing room after practice today, 15 hours after the Habs had beaten the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in a shootout at the Air Canada Centre.

Captain Saku Koivu on the game in Toronto. Clip runs 1:37.

Linemate Christopher Higgins, on playing with Guillaume Latendresse, and what very dedicated relatives he expects to make the trip from Long Island to Newark, N.J., on Friday night when the Canadiens play the Devils in their new barn. The "crazy old man," by the way, is Hickey. Clip runs 2:56.

Linemate Guillaume Latendresse, critiquing his first night on the first line. Clip runs 1:40.

Alex Kovalev, on standing 15th in all-star voting even though he’s just a write-in candidate, and the Canadiens’ need to score more frequently on 5-on-5. Clip runs 6:36.

Goalie Carey Price: first on fellow goalie Cristobal Huet – clip runs 43 seconds – and then on being run in the crease by Toronto’s Jason Blake, resulting in Tuesday’s tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation time. Clip runs 1:29.

Kyle Chipchura on the search for consistency. Clip runs 1:56.



  1. showey47 says:

    if higgins and ryder had buried a reasonable amount of their quality scoring chances, our 5 on 5 problems would not be much of an issue. Higgy could easily have close to 20 by now with all the good chances he has missed and ryder could have 12 to 15.

  2. TradeRyder says:

    I know many don’t believe in the plus/minus as a useful measure… but I am one that does. Regardless it is interesting that we’re near the top of our division and we have only FIVE plus players on the team. In order:
    Hamrlik 7
    Chipchura 3
    Kostitsyn 2
    Begin 2
    Brisebois 1

    Hamrlik is especially interesting since he’s been playing with different partners and logging more ice time. You have to believe in that! Chips and Kostitsyn… in my book right up with there under “rookies that make a difference”. Where would we be without these guys! And imagine if the team can sort out it’s consistency issues… you have to think that visions of playoff victory must be dancing in Carbo’s head some nights. (I’m on a Christmas theme today for some reason.)

    A bucket with a hole in it doesn’t hold water. We need changes on the first line!

  3. TradeRyder says:

    Great to hear the team sounding relaxed and assured – you’d think someone’d spiked their water. Players like Chipchura, Price, make you feel good about where the team is going.

    Even Kovalev sounds like he’s been in the Christmas cheer early! Scary!

    Go habs Go!

  4. Sulemaan says:

    What impresses me about Price is when he was asked about being run-over by Blake, he said why bother questioning the refs? They aren’t going to change their mind (they never do) and you could also get slapped with another penalty if you yap too long at them. He kept his focus and won the game. That is exactly the kind of calm we need in the back of the net. I also like the camaraderie in the lockeroom. We stole 2 points from Toronto but earlier this season, Atlanta stole 2 points from us so it all comes out in the wash.

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