Canadiens defenceman Mike Komisarek knocks down Devils winger Brian Gionta during their game last week in Newark, N.J.
Ray Stubblebine, Reuters
The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes that the Canadiens have a new mindset moving forward after the all-star break. The team is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference with 60 points, only six behind the Ottawa Senators.
The big difference, said Christopher Higgins, is confidence.
"Ottawa is a fantastic team and they’re going to get some points down the stretch, but if we can match them and overtake them, that means we’re playing some great hockey, too.
"There’s still a team ahead of us in the standings and it’s dangerous thinking, thinking that we’ve accomplished something. We haven’t accomplished anything. We still have 30 something games remaining and you don’t accomplish anything with that many games left. None of our markers or goals have been met yet. The ultimate is to win the Cup and that’s our goal."