MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens general manager/head coach Bob Gainey addressed the media for a little more than three minutes this morning after his team skated at Bell Centre in preparation for Game 3 of its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins.
Could he reveal his starting goaltender? “I cant’ tell you.”
What about the one-game suspension to Bruins forward Milan Lucic? “No comment.”
Is the choice between Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price as the starter a game-time decision? “Yep.”
And that was how it went this morning on the Montreal side. Price was the first one off the ice after the skate, so take that for what it’s worth. Gainey also said he would not give out his lineup this morning. His team trails two games to none and obviously he’s going to try to use secrecy as a weapon.
•Most of the talk in the room was about Lucic’s absence from the Boston lineup.
“I really haven’t thought about it. Looch is a big body, he’s a big part of that team, we know that,” said Montreal center Glen Metropolit, a teammate of Lucic’s in Boston last season. “They’re going to come and hit. It doesn’t matter who it is. It’s playoff hockey, we know that.”
•About one hour before the Habs’ full squad skated, injured stars Andrei Markov and Robert Lang skated in their attempt attempts to return to the lineup. The only change from yesterday was that Lang was in full equipment rather than sweats. Francis Bouillon did not skate and is not expected to play.