Habs go bowling for bonding

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

The Montreal Canadiens needed to regroup.

Having lost eight of their last 10 games heading into last night's contest against the Edmonton Oilers, the Canadiens decided getting away from hockey was the best course of action.

So they went to the bowling alley.

"That was what the purpose of the day was, to try and get away from hockey," said Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau.

"We still wanted to spend the day together and do something together, but we wanted to do something else."

The Canadiens went into their game against the Oilers on the heels of a 6-2 loss in Calgary against the Flames.

Their recent slide had them back to fifth in the Eastern Conference standings and within sight of the teams just outside of playoff contention.

Last season the Canadiens finished first in the conference standings and were then eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

"From a players point of view, I thought it was a good idea, because the team has been so down lately," said Canadiens winger Georges Laraque.

"It was good to get together and try and get the spirits up and attempt to cheer up some of the guys that have been down lately.

"Sometimes that's what you need to get back on a winning streak."

The Canadiens ended up at Gateway Lanes on Tuesday. It didn't take long before word got out they were there.

"I'm sure people didn't expect us to be there," Laraque said.

"But by the time we were about to leave, there were a lot of kids that started showing up.

"People there were asking if there was a school bowling there because more and more kids were showing up once word got out.

"But it was good. We had a lot of fun."


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