Habs want to cut down on shots, or maybe not

From Pat Hickey: 
The Canadiens are in a conundrum as they prepare to face the Washington
Capitals Wednesday night in the deciding game of their best-of-seven Eastern
Conference quarterfinal series.

Michael Cammalleri said the Canadiens hope to
cut down on goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s workload by limiting the number of shots
on goal.  Then again, Cammalleri admitted, that might not be a good idea.

“It
seems the more shots he sees, the better he plays,”  Cammalleri said.

That was
the case in Game 6 Monday night, when Halak stopped 53 of 54 shots to backstop
the Canadiens to a 4-1 win. Halak has a 9-0-1 record in games in which he faces
40 or more shots.

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Game 6 goal breakdown, from Robert L and Chris Boyle

One thing the Canadiens can do is to continue pushing after
taking a lead. They led 2-0 after one period Monday and then slipped into a
defensive mode. They went more than 10 minutes without a shot to open the second
period and were outshot 15-3.

“It’s human nature,” Cammalleri said. “You don’t
want to do it, but you just don’t want to get caught, so you take a step back
instead of taking a step forward. You see every team doing it, and you see it in
every sport.” The Canadiens were outshot 54-22 Monday.

Defenceman Jaroslav
Spacek, who has missed the past three games with chest congestion, skated
yesterday in Brossard and accompanied the team to Washington, but it’s unlikely
he’ll play Wednesday.

If the Canadiens win, they will face the Pittsburgh
Penguins in the conference semifinals, beginning Saturday.

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