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10-17-2003, 05:36 PM
Joe Malone
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Leafs Hold Team Meeting at Centre Bell

Here's part of the article:

The Leafs learned last week that the Canadiens, a weak, disorganized club last season, are a tougher opponent now under coach Claude Julien's tight, defensive system.

Nieuwendyk said the Habs reflect the defensive philosophy of new general manager Bob Gainey, under whom Nieuwendyk once played in Dallas.

"It's quite clear that Montreal is a much different team now,'' said Nieuwendyk. "I know Bob Gainey pretty well and it seems they've adopted his style of play."

"If we didn't know it then, we know now that they're a team that's going to be patient and play very well defensively in the neutral zone. Those are the types of things maybe we haven't seen (from Montreal) for a few years. They're a pretty good hockey club because they're consistent in their play.''

Quinn added that the Leafs took the Habs lightly in their first meeting.

Heh, heh, perhaps a little respect for the Habs sinking into the Buds minds?

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