Sabres-Canadiens: Montreal Learns Lesson Against Buffalo, Has Playoffs in Sight

April 3rd, 2010 by Rocket All Habs Leave a reply »
Montreal 3, Sabres 0 (Bell Centre)

"Now if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. Poise counts!"—Kramer

Last night, I was quoting Ghandi, tonight it's Kramer. Yes, at All Habs, there's something for everyone.

No word whether Seinfeld's 'The Chaperone' was required viewing at the morning meeting of the Canadiens, but the coach said "poise" was on the agenda.

Jacques Martin was conducting class and letting his students know that too many of them didn't appear to want the puck on Friday night in Philadelphia. Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez were the exceptions to that rule and recommended as role models.

"What I liked is that we're learning," said Martin after the game tonight. "We had more poise and we were more comfortable with the puck."

Indeed, the Habs have learned that scoring early and sitting on a slim lead for two-and-a-half periods is not wise. Yet it is something they have tried often this season, including the two previous games this week.

But not tonight.

The Canadiens continued to skate, forecheck, and pressure Sabres' puck carriers in any zone on the ice. With the Sabres pres ...

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