After three abysmal consecutive losses there was reason for optimism after the Canadiens’ 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“We were moving the puck well all night,” said Canadiens captain Brian Gionta, who scored two goals including the game winner.
“It’s a step in the right direction,” Gionta said of the Habs win. “We’ve still got to clean up some things.”
Coach Michel Therrien called it “a huge win” for the players’ confidence.
“I’m really satisfied and proud of Carey Price tonight. He bounced back. He made some key saves,” Therrien said. “He was lucky at times–and you need some luck, you need some breaks to win hockey games.”
Therrien thought the team’s defensive game was better than it has been “and we’ve got to stick to that.”
He also liked the change with Max Pacioretty playing on a line with Gionta and Tomas Plekanec. “I thought he had a lot of speed and he played really (well),” Therrien said of Pacioretty.
Two familiar faces may soon be back in the Canadiens’ line up. Defenceman Raphael Diaz is doing “really well” and it looks like he’ll be ready to play Saturday, Therrien said. Diaz has missed 25 games since suffering a concussion in February. There’s also a chance Colby Armstrong, who has been out with a knee injury, will be back in the line-up this weekend.
You can hear what Gionta had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Canadiens’ rookie Alex Galchenyuk had to say below: