Fire the coach!
Trade that lousy goalie!!
Erik Cole put the 6-3 loss in perspective, pointing out “we were working out the kinks … it’s been a while.”
“It’s the preseason,” Cole added, “but we gotta work. We have to do better things, up the tempo, up the physicality.”
Jacques Martin had praise for Alexei Yemelin, Raphael Diaz and Jarred Tinordi, who, the coach said, “got stronger as the game went on. He’s a big kid who uses his reach.”
Martin said the penalty kill needed work, after ceding two goals to Dallas.
Martin said the line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Erik Cole were “not at their best”, noting the trio were outplayed on several shifts by Mike Ribeiro’s line.
“We weren’t on the puck enough, especially early the game,” Martin said. “We gave them a lot of their goals.”
Martin also faulted poor backtracking by his forwards, which resulted in Stars being left along in front of Carey Price and Nathan Lawson.
“There were a lot of mistakes,” Martin said. “But this is a learning curve.”
STATS that jump out:
• Raphael Diaz had four shots on goal to lead the Canadiens but was minus-3
• Mike Blunden had six hits
• Yannick Weber played 25:54; none of his five shots were on net
• Tomas Plekanec was 6-14 on faceoffs, Brian Willsie 2-7, Andreas Engqvist 0-5
• Alexei Yemelin had five hits, but the only memorable one was on Francis Wathier
• Carey Price gave up 4 goals on 13 shots
• Michael Ryder had four hits
• Hal Gill played only 14:55, low on the D corps
• Dany Masse, Alain Berger and Ian Schultz were the only Canadiens who played less than 10 minutes