Canadiens made it close: 14 shots in the third period, a shorthanded goal by Alex Kovalev (his 25th). But Darcy F. Tucker scored his second of the game into ann empty net, and the team that lost 8-0 at home against Florida beat the team that defeated Ottawa earlier this week.
On any given night …
Josh Gorges, who played 18 strong minutes, remembered an 8-0 loss when he was a San Jose Shark last season.
"You come out the next game ready to play," Gorges said. "You go all out. Nobody likes to be embarrassed.
"We knew that was going to be the case here tonight. We knew they’d come out and push hard. We didn’t respond.
"We waited until the third period and got some pressure going. But it was too late."
"Overall, I don’t think we created the pressure on the forecheck like we’ve done lately," said Saku Koivu. "They were waiting for us. They had four guys a lot of the time waiting at the blueline. And when we got the puck in we didn’t get the proper forecheck going. We made it a bit too easy for them."
The captain said Vesa Toskalaa saw a llot of the Canadiens’ shots and "if there was aa rebound we didn’t get on it quick enough.
"Their D played well in front of him."
As to his own goaltender:
"I thought (Carey Price) played well," Koivu added. "Some of the shots were tough and came from tough angles. It’s never easy to come back and play your first game after a while."
"I felt good," Price said. "After the first period I felt pretty comfortable. In the second period, you don’t get a couple bounces …"