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The Canadiens got off to a strong start against the Boston Bruins Wednesday at the Bell Centre, but couldn’t muster a comeback against their arch-rivals once they fell behind or capitalize on their chances.
The 4-1 loss was the Canadiens third in a row. They have only won one game in their last five matches.
“We lost some momentum on that road trip and we’ve got to find a way to get it back now,” said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta.
“We’ve got a big weekend coming up–two big games. And we need points now. Fifteen games left. These points are important,” Gionta said.
The Canadiens sit in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and two ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning who have two games in hand.
Thomas Vanek made his Bell Centre debut in a Habs’ uniform and registered five shots on goal.
“Overall I thought effort wise was really good,” Vanek said.
“We created shots. We created chances. And that’s a team that knows how to win a Stanley Cup, that’s been in the finals and they found a way to score some goals early on. Again, I thought we battled hard. We just couldn’t get the first one early enough.”
Vanek played alongside Gionta and Tomas Plekanec, then David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty later in the game.
There’s a thin line between victory and defeat, coach Michel Therrien said.
“We made two big mistakes on the first goals and it cost the game. It’s as simple as that,” Therrien said.
They have to find a solution to score more goals, added Therrien, who noted the Habs created some scoring chances, but “we can’t finish right now.”
You can watch what Vanek had to say after the game here:
You can listen to Desharnais here:
And you hear more of what Gionta had to say here:
(Video: Brenda Branswell)