MONTREAL — If the Montreal Canadiens had the effort they want to put forth in tonight’s Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Boston Bruins in a bottle, it’d be labeled “First Period Game 3 … plus extra strength” like those detergents the companies always seem to be cranking out in the supermarkets.
Down 0-3 in the best-of-seven series, the Habs know that if that they could only manage a 1-1 tie with that spirited showing in the opening stanza Monday, than tonight it will take even more to extend this series beyond the minimum amount of games.
“It won’t be enough because Game 3 we lost. It’s going to take something more,” said forward Guillaume Latendresse after his team’s morning skate at Bell Centre. “We’re going to have to find a way to score those goals. We can be up one, two maybe three to zero if we bury our chances. Instead we come back 1-1. They’re a team who capitalizes on their scoring chances, so we’ve got to make sure we give up a low number for them and try to bury ours.”
As for the club’s mood, defenseman Josh Gorges seemed pleased with what he saw in his teammates’ eyes this morning.
“I don’t know if it’s necessarily loose. I think we know what its’ going to take. We’re prepared; we’re excited about the opportunity,” he explained. “There’s obviously some nerves. It’s do or die now for us for the rest of the way in the series. Our backs are up against the wall. I remember coach once said, ‘once you’re backed up against the wall, there’s only one way to go. And that’s to come out fighting.’”
•Carey Price will start in net for the Habs.
•The Habs will go to battle without defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Patrice Brisbeois due to injury. Forward Alex Tanguay will be a game-time decision.
•If the Habs were looking for inspiration during their team meeting, they weren’t going to get it from their coach.
“There’s no Knute Rockne coming out of me today,” said bench boss Bob Gainey.