It was a game that had fans on the edge of their seats with 13 goals.
But in the wake of the Canadiens 7-6 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday, Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said the back and forth is a “risky game to play in this league, especially against superstars over there like that.”
“It’s a high risk game and as you can tell tonight we just came up short,” he said.
Gionta scored twice, including the tying goal in the third period.
The Canadiens probably had nine or 10 turnovers in the neutral zone in the first period, Gionta said.
“We’ve got character, for sure. We knew that we weren’t playing our game. We knew that we were struggling and not playing the way we needed to play. But we made a push at the end of the second and got ourselves back in the game. And unfortunately, we still had a chance to win that game and that’s what is disappointing.”
It was an exciting game for the fans but also the type of game that gives coaches grey hair, Canadiens’ coach Michel Therrien said.
“We were making comebacks and we found a way to get a point,” he said.
Right from the start the Canadiens weren’t sharp mentally and lost pucks where they shouldn’t have, Therrien said.
The Canadiens have another huge game on Sunday against the Boston Bruins, Gionta said. “It’s a telling week for us and we need to be on top of our game.”
The Canadiens are embarking on their longest road trip of the season. Their next home game is against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, March 13.
You can hear what Gionta had to say after the game below:
You can hear what forward Max Pacioretty had to say after the game below: