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Cammalleri blasts Habs: “We play like losers”

Jan 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

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Frustrated over a lack of wins and ice time, Montreal Canadiens LW Mike Cammalleri offered up some harsh criticisms of his struggling squad.

“I can’t accept that we will display a losing attitude as we’re doing this year,” he told NHL.com and La Presse. “We prepare for our games like losers. We play like losers. So it’s no wonder why we lose.”

The Canadiens are 3-7 in their last 10 and mired in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. Much like his team, Cammalleri too has struggled — he has nine goals and 22 points in 37 games, putting him on pace for the lowest totals of his career — and is now seeing a reduction in ice time, playing just 15:01 in Tuesday’s shutout loss to the Blues.

That defeat appeared to be a breaking point for Habs fans; they booed Cammalleri after he went minus-2 with just one shot on goal.

“You’ve got to be sensitive to the fact that Canadiens fans live and die by their team,” Cammalleri said. “So if anything, you can identify with how they feel. They’re unhappy, and they let you know it. So I wasn’t disappointed; I think moreso I probably expected it.”

While he’s shouldering a large amount of blame, Cammalleri made it clear he’s disappointed with his teammates. He blasted the Canadiens for playing timidly and in fear of making mistakes — the exact opposite of how Montreal played en route to the Eastern Conference finals two years ago (and in taking Stanley Cup champion Boston to Game 7 last year.)

“When you display a losing attitude like we do now, you lose more often than you win and you stay in the same place,” he said. “When you show a winning attitude, you are not stifled by mistakes and you respond to a mistake with 15 good plays at the other end, you win and you get out of misery.

“This is not what we’re doing here now.”

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    maybe you should stop worrying about manicures and lip gloss and pick up the leadership role there mike.

  2. xxshookonexx - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    That’s great and all….but can he speak French

  3. solador78 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    You missed his “Read between the lines response” when asked if he wants a trade.

  4. drewzducks - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Well You know what they say…if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…

  5. drewzducks - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    That being said, as a Bruins fan I’d take this guy in a second.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      there’s no room for girls on the bruins…can you see cammalleri giving moisturizer tips to shawn thornton? really?

      • nhlbruins90 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        I think you might be secretly gay.

      • back2backbees - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        …less the secret part

  6. polegojim - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    The complete state of the Montreal franchise is in disarray, from the language issue, to horrible team morale, to even worse efforts on ice.

    This team has quit – whether they’re attempting to submarine their HC or not, it’s a sad sad state of affairs either way.

    It’s painful for me…. and hockey in general.

    • back2backbees - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      Actually many of us are enjoying it…

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    The truth hurts.

  8. mgp1219 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Too much worrying about things like an unnecessary investigation of the Chara hit on Pacioretty and who speaks French will do this to a hockey team. Plus, Subban sucks defensively. He has a great shot, but that’s about as far as his talnet goes.

  9. kingjoe1 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Well those stupid english speaking coaches suck, it must be his fault. The Habs should fire another coach.

  10. drcanada - Jan 12, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Well when the 6 million dollar Cammy would learn you score more goal when you stand on your feet!
    He ALWAYS seems to drop one knee on the ice for what? He’s trade mark. Stand like a man your not
    in Pee Wee

    • back2backbees - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      huh?

  11. rcbakewell - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Did Toe Blake or Scotty Bowman speak French ?
    The recent Canadiens coach language flap is one of the reasons I left Quebec.

    • dhigh22 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Yes, they both did… Do your homework before you spout off…
      Blake was taught from his mothers side, and Bowman was born in Quebec…

  12. cmutimmah - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Wings have cap room… He would thrive with Datsyuk and Franzen… get Bert off the top two lines…

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