The spring ball, the great spring waltz. For many moons, the dancing foot analogy has gone hand in hand with the NHL playoffs. A tradition that Dominique Ducharme made sure to continue with his troops.
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“Dom always tells us to shine our shoes and get ready for the dance,” Joel Edmundson revealed Thursday at noon.
The defender’s statement was surprising. Especially since the question asked was aimed at making the comparison between the 2019 Blues, Stanley Cup champions and the current team of the Canadian. Two teams that have faced adversity and have collapsed at times before making a long way in the playoffs.
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And what makes a good dancer at this time of year? Like a Jean-Marc Généreux, after a performance during the Revolution, Dominique Ducharme replied: “To be able to release your moves without thinking too much about it, that it becomes second nature. That’s why we want to keep our shoes clean. “
A bit like Guillaume Latendresse, after all.
Still having the right pace, that’s what allowed the Canadian to take out the Jets in four by bringing their winning streak to seven and 437:53 their time without falling behind.
Particularly in defense where Carey Price and the backs of the Habs have given practically nothing to the opponent.
“They were strong and fast. They were perfect at their position, ”said Alexander Romanov, who played in a series opener on Monday night, after watching the top 10 from the catwalk.
At the time of meeting the media, players were unaware of who the Vegas Golden Knights or the Colorado Avalanche, whose sixth showdown was scheduled for the evening, would be their next dance partner.
The Canadiens head coach seemed to disregard him.
“It’s not that different from what we experienced before the series against the Leafs. Yes, we knew we were going to face them, so we watched videos about their habits. What we can not really do at the moment, ”he first indicated.
“However, you don’t completely change the way you play depending on the opponent. You’re making a few changes to counter a few trends, but we’re focusing our preparation a lot more on how we want to play. “
Hence the importance of polishing your shoes well.
Dominique Ducharme’s troupe were back on the ice after a day spent training in the gym and administering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Not bad 100% of the players had the second dose,” breathed Ducharme, without specifying the number of refusals.
No changes had been made to the trios or duets. Jeff Petry (right hand) and Jon Merrill (injury not disclosed) were still conspicuous by their absence.
Although Ducharme is hopeful that he can count on the return of his two defenders soon enough in the next series, Cale Fleury will accompany the team for the first two games. With Xavier Ouellet and him, the Habs will rely on eight defenders. In the playoffs, you can never be too careful.
News from Drouin
In addition, there is one absent that Ducharme, his assistants and his players do not forget. Separated from the team for personal reasons for six weeks, Jonathan Drouin remains in the thoughts of all members of the Canadiens.
“He’s one of us. We are a united group and we want the well-being of all. It is certain that we think of him. For his part, every time we won an important victory or a series, he sent us a short message. He’s happy to see how the team is doing right now. “
That Drouin is keeping up to date with his team’s journey is good news.