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Habs need to take advantage of home ice

May 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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plekanec.jpgAmazingly, the Monteal Canadiens haven’t played all that well at home
in front of their enthusiastic home crowd, something that will certain
have to change if the Habs hope to avoid slipping into another 3-1
series deficit.

For some reason the Candiens have yet to take
advantage of the energy generated by their home crowd, winning just once
in their last eight playoff games at home and using a much more
conservative approach on home ice than they do on the road. It’s odd to
see such a flip flop, especially when you consider how electric the Bell
Centre atmosphere can get.

From Pat Hickey, Habs playoffs
spokesman
Tomas Plekanec agrees that something needs to change.

“With the crowd we have behind us, we definitely should make it be
our advantage,” Plekanec said. “I remember from previous years, we
haven’t been able to take advantage of that. It seems on the road we’re
defending the lead and playing strong defensively and we’re able to
score on the rush and on the power play. Maybe we play a different game
at home.”

The Canadiens seem to be happy with their effort in Game 3, despite
playing  a very conservative game that resulted in just 18 shots and no
goals. It was a close game until the latter stages, but at some point
the Habs will have to start taking risks with their attacks on the
Penguins. Jordan Staal is likely to return tonight, giving the Penguins
more depth at center and despite how well the Habs have held back Sidney
Crosby, they’ll need to do more to keep the rest of the team in check.

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