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The Canadiens managed to salvage a point in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning despite a lacklustre performance that left their coach unimpressed.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price turned in a brilliant performance, making 44 saves.
“He kept us in the game,” said Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta. “He’s the reason why we’re able to steal a point out of that game.”
Coach Michel Therrien called it a great performance by Price. But that was the only effusive praise from Therrien in his post-game press conference.
“We didn’t compete hard enough to get success for two periods,” he said. “And Carey gave us a chance to stick in the game. I thought we were a little bit better in the third before we took those two penalties. But to be able to score some goals you’ve got to compete and skate. And this is not what we did honestly for two periods.”
“We created some momentum in the third because we had more urgency in our game. But I’m not impressed,” Therrien added.
The other team skated and won the battles along the boards, Therrien said.
“(It’s) not a secret. When you don’t skate and and you don’t compete for the puck it’s hard to have success.”
The Canadiens were out shot 45-29. In the second period, the Lightning out shot the Habs 13-5.
After his sensational performance, Price was characteristically modest.
“We probably blocked a lot of shots, too,” Price said.
“I don’t really recall many big saves I had to make,” he added. “Our guys did a pretty good job of letting them shoot from the outside.”
You can hear more of what Price had to say after the game here:
And you can hear what Gionta had to say here:
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