Last word from Pens-Habs

May, 11, 2010

MONTREAL -- Mike Cammalleri now leads all playoff goal scorers with 11 goals. Still, it's fair to say no one started the playoffs saying, "Oh, my goodness, how are we going to stop Mike Cammalleri?"

Not that this comes as much of a surprise to Cammalleri.

"That's probably because I didn't score for like 10 games coming into the playoffs," Cammalleri said. "I don't know. I think you go through lineups on each team and look and see what the strengths and weaknesses are and you try and shut down certain things. That's just how it goes."

The seventh game

The Habs, of course, dispatched Washington at the Verizon Center in the first round in Game 7. And, of course, the Penguins disposed of Washington and Detroit in seventh games last spring. Does that experience count for anything?

"The experience is a good thing to draw upon and we have that from previous [experiences], but now it is all down to one game and they have that as well from Round 1 in a similar situation on the road," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said. "I'm not going to give any team an upper hand in that regard. They have experience and we have experience.

"This is one game to see who goes to the Eastern Conference finals. They have experience and they are going to go back and talk about their Game 7 against Washington. We have to mentally refocus and regroup and go back to Mellon Arena and put our best game out for Game 7."

The goalposts are your friends

Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak was asked if he was thankful for his friends, the goalposts, after the Penguins hit at least three posts in the second frame Monday.

"Especially in the second period, they hit, I think, three posts. Usually, posts, they play with the goalies," Halak said.

So, does he have a chat with them, a la Patrick Roy? Halak seemed puzzled by the question.

"Well, no. Obviously, I'm happy that they didn't go in, but I'm not going to talk to them."

And finally ...

Someone asked Montreal's Jaroslav Spacek if he would sleep better knowing he was back in the lineup and had played so well.

"I'm probably going to have one beer to sleep better because I can't really sleep after games because the emotions and everything," said Spacek, who played for the first time in 10 games, after battling what is believed to be an inner ear/vertigo problem, and scored the Canadiens' third goal. "It's a long time. I'm pretty happy the season is not over for us."

"The way he played, he looks like he didn't miss any games," said forward Tom Pyatt. "He came in there, looks like he's been in every game this playoffs. Those are the kind of players we need stepping up, and he was just tremendous."

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer



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