“If we play that way every night,” Jacques Martin said, “we’ll win our share of games.”
True that … especially if they don’t have to face Ryan Miller every night.
Jacques Martin said his team had done “a lot of good things” and played “four good periods in a row”, back to the third period of the Saturday game against Colorado.
Martin praised his team’s ability to get pucks behind the Buffalo defence, forecheck and create good scoring chances.
By the coach’s calculation, the Canadiens outchanced Buffalo 18-7.
But the numbers on the scoreboard were 3-1 for the visitors.
To his credit, Josh Gorges – whose ill-advised icing set up the Sabres for the goal that killed the home team – was in the room facing the media after the game.
Describing the loss as “frustrating” and “deflating”, Gorges echoed his coach’s positive assessment of the overall effort.
“We supported the puck all over the ice and we were hungry on the puck,” Gorges said. The Canadiens, he added, lost to “a good team with a good goalie who stood on his head.”
(Photo by Dario Ayala of The Gazette)