From The Gazette’s Herb Zurkowsky:
The Canadiens held a team meeting for about 45 minutes Friday before taking the
ice for an abbreviated practice in Brossard. So brief, Montreal players were
already stretching by the time most of the media returned from talking to
Toronto players who were practising on the next sheet of ice at the Bell Sports
Although coach Jacques Martin shuffled his lines extensively during
Thursday’s loss at Carolina, he reunited Benoit Pouliot with Scott Gomez and
Brian Gionta in Friday’s workout. As well, Michael Cammalleri was back in his
familiar spot, playing left wing on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Andrei
Other pairings: Tom Pyatt-Maxim Lapierre-Mathieu Darche; Travis
Moen-Dominic Moore-Ben Maxwell.
That would indicate Sergei Kostitsyn will be
a healthy scratch Saturday night, in the regular-season finale against the Maple
Leafs. But Martin, predictably, wasn’t tipping his hand. Nor would he indicated
whether Ryan O’Byrne would dress. O’Byrne was effectively benched during the
second period after being on the ice for two Hurricanes goals.
Kostitsyn and Pouliot also played sparingly over the final two periods.
chose to use them a little less,” Martin said on Friday. “It was a coach’s
decision to shorten the bench. I’ll decide on my lineup (Saturday).”
While unwilling to discuss much that transpired before his players hit the ice, Martin
said the meeting served its purpose.
“We talked about our situation,” he
said. “We talked about our last game. We addressed the issues that needed to be
addressed. We have an opportunity to play our biggest game of the season in
front of our fans.”
Toronto coach Ron Wilson, who likes to rotate his
goaltenders, purposely changed the rotation about three weeks ago to ensure
Montreal native Jean-Sébastien Giguère, acquired this season in a trade with
Anaheim, would get a rare opportunity to play at the Bell Centre.
appreciate that. It shows a lot of respect for the player,” Giguère said. “It
was nice and unexpected. I was maybe going to go and ask (to play) but didn’t
want to rattle any feathers.”