As the playoff race tempest rages around them, the Montreal Canadiens have been focusing intently on something more elusive and intangible than points or goals – and they may well have found it in Newark, N.J., of all places.
Over the past two or three weeks the will-they-make-it hubbub has ramped up fan angst, but within the calm confines of the Habs dressing room, the feeling is the team uncovered something valuable in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the fading Devils: a blueprint for a successful playoffs.
Now comes the hard part – following it.
“The question is can we do it again and again and again?” said winger Michael Cammalleri, later adding, “[Tuesday] night is really the determining factor. You can’t be one on, one off going into the playoffs. You can have a stinker maybe once in a series in the playoffs, but that’s it. You have to be giving yourself a chance to win every night because the other team’s going to be there every night.”