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Two tight back-to-back games and two losses for the Habs.
The Canadiens dropped their second Superbowl weekend matinee game at the Bell Centre on Sunday, losing 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets. It ended on a controversial note after Brendan Gallagher was roughed up by the Winnipeg Jets as the Canadiens pressed for the tying goal in the dying seconds of the game.
“It was pretty evident they were not allowing him to get out of the zone,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges.
“He took a punch to the head from the goalie, got tripped up from the d-men and then the guy that came off the bench gave him another shot,” he added.
“And from my understanding the whole time Gally was the one being yelled at from the ref, which I don’t know if there’s a grudge or something. It’s too bad. That’s not what happened tonight. That’s not the difference. It’s just a frustrating end to the game.”
Defenceman Zach Bogosian cross-checked Gallagher behind the Jets’ net. Then as Gallagher skated behind Al Montoya in his crease the goaltender took a few swipes at him. As Bogosian held him up, Gallagher fell backwards. When he went to skate out of the Jets’ zone, he was knocked down by Jacob Trouba.
The Canadiens will ask for an explanation about why there no calls, said coach Michel Therrien. There could have been five of them on the same play, he said.
“For sure, it’s frustrating–very frustrating.”
Gallagher does his job well, the coach added.
“He’s very frustrating to play against because he has an exemplary work ethic.”
Gorges noted it’s tough to win games when you only score one goal.
“We’ve got to find ways to score more than that,” he said.
Therrien said he liked the intensity the Habs showed against the Jets.
“We certainly deserved a better fate. We hit two posts. Montoya made some great saves to keep his team in this game.”
“I believe our guys played really hard.”
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