Bartlett: Streaking Canadiens preparing for the Islanders

John Bartlett

3/4/2013 3:49:02 PM

After their come from behind victory over the Bruins in Boston Sunday night, the Canadiens had an afternoon practice in Uniondale, New York on Monday in preparation of their game against the Islanders on Tuesday (7:00pm, TSN 690,

While the Habs have extended their point streak to 11 games and sit on top of the Eastern Conference, much attention was still being paid to the comments made following the game in Boston. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien addressed the media regarding the Boston game, but did not dwell on the issue, looking ahead to continue the Habs five-game road swing.

"A lot of that comes from frustration probably. I've known Claude for a long time" said Therrien. "He was probably frustrated about losing that game."

On the subject of the Canadiens being big embellishers, Therrien was not concerned.
"Honestly, I think those are ridiculous comments. Claude should concentrate on his team, and I will concentrate on mine."

The victory for Montreal was their first in four games this year when trailing heading into the third period. Much credit in the dressing room was given to Brandon Prust, who sparked the club after a bout with Milan Lucic. It was a moment in the game when the coach pointed to the character Prust brings to the club.

"It's easy to talk about it, but when you talk about character, you have to prove it. And what Brandon Prust did yesterday, for me, shows big-time leadership. Between the second and third period, I told the guys that we were talking about a team concept and we have to respond as a team."

Max Pacioretty was named the NHL's First Star of the Week and continues to roll with eight goals in his last eight games, all started by the long shot goal against Carolina.

"One thing I notice on the ice, he's moving his feet, he's going hard to the net, paying attention to detail, he's competing and we see the results" noted Therrien.

His linemate David Desharnais has brought his game around as well, scoring the game winner in the third period in Boston. The Habs have earned points in each of the last 17 games in which Desharnais has registered goals or assists (13-0-4 since March 8, 2012), including all 11 games in which his name has appeared in the scoring summary this season (9-0-2).

The Canadiens current 11-game point streak (8-0-3) is their longest streak of consecutive games with points since they recorded seven wins and four ties over 11 games in February/March 1994.

No line-up changes are expected for Montreal against the Islanders on Tuesday night, with the exception of Carey Price getting the start in goal.
The Canadiens are also closing in on a franchise mark as well, as they are just three goals shy of the 20,000-goal plateau for team history in the NHL since 1917.