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NHL notes: Canadiens get confidence boost heading into playoffs

Michel Therrien behind the Montreal Canadiens bench. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY)

Michel Therrien behind the Montreal Canadiens bench. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY)

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, Last Updated: 9:20 PM ET

There’s nothing like a dominating, come-from-behind performance to boost a team’s confidence.

Just ask Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

After his club turned an early 3-0 deficit into a 7-4 walloping of the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, Therrien gave his players a big pat on the back.

“We showed a lot of character to come back after giving up three goals and as a coach you appreciate that,” he told the Montreal Gazette. “We didn’t quit and we showed that we’re ready for the playoffs.”

Speaking of playoffs, Montreal will likely face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1. Both teams are jockeying for second place in the Atlantic Division behind the Boston Bruins, who clinched top spot in the Eastern Conference on Saturday.

HOPING FOR ZETTERBERG

The window for Henrik Zetterberg’s possible return this season opened a crack.

“I don’t want to overplay this,” Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit News. “We’re hopeful that when we return from our games in Buffalo and Pittsburgh, Hank might be ready, in some form, to begin skating.

“I don’t know if it’ll be all out, or in what form. But we think he could be ready.”

Zetterberg getting back on his feet would be big news for a team missing bodies as it fights to hold onto a playoff spot down the stretch.

The veteran forward is coming off February back surgery and his projected recovery would have him back in the lineup after the start of the first round of the playoffs.

Heading into Saturday night’s action, Detroit held the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 88 points and five games to play. The Columbus Blue Jackets held the second wild card with 85 points.

BRIEFLY

With Boston’s 5-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, the Bruins clinched top spot in the Eastern Conference ... Anaheim Ducks backup goalie Frederik Andersen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and Tim Jackman will have surgery on a broken hand, the team announced ... Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green left Saturday’s game against the New York Islanders with an upper-body injury and did not return.


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