Colby Armstrong celebrated his promotion to the third line with the tying goal Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
But the Canadiens only managed to walk away with a point, losing to the Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
“Any team can win any night if you’re not ready. And obviously we weren’t ready from the start,” Armstrong said after the game.
“We dug ourselves a hole, had to battle like heck to get out of it. They ended up getting the better of us at the end,” he said.
“That’s hockey. We know that. We know every team is good. The parity is crazy in this league. It doesn’t matter where you are in the standings or what’s going on, if you’re not ready to go you could be in trouble.”
Armstrong played alongside Lars Eller and rookie Alex Galchenyuk. The goal was his second of the season, his first coming last Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.
“That was a good feeling. It was a big goal. It was a good play by my line mates to get me the puck in front,” Armstrong said.
“It got us a point. Too bad we didn’t finish it off,” he said.
Armstrong also had praise for Eller.
“Lars made a lot happen. He’s playing great hockey.”
Sabres forward Steve Ott scored the winning goal in overtime when P.K. Subban was off for high-sticking. It was a bad penalty on Subban’s part, according to coach Michel Therrien.
“It’s a bad penalty, especially with the effort that the guys made in the second and third (periods). We’re going to take care of that and we want to make sure that it won’t happen again,” Therrien said.
While he liked how the team played in the second and third periods, Therrien said they went through the motions in the first.
“We were not at our best that’s for sure. But we never quit. Thought the guys worked really hard to make a comeback and (Sabres goaltender Jhonas) Enroth played really well for them, gave them a chance to win. We did mention to the guys between the first and second period that we were missing the net way too much. We’re a team that likes to put the puck at the net but we’ve got to make sure that we’re hitting the net.”
“But you know what, the effort was there,” Therrien added. “For me as long as the effort is there I’m going to be satisfied.”
You can hear what Armstrong had to say after the game below:
You can hear what P.K. Subban had to say below:
You can hear what Brendan Gallagher had to say below:
And you can hear what Max Pacioretty had to say here: